Almost every blogger on the face of the Earth can relate to putting off writing a blog post for their blog (It is as though they believe that they will find the inspiration for their content creation process at a later date).
The funny thing about us human beings is that we can put off doing something so many times; this results in the task that we were meant to do not getting done at all.
Procrastination, my friend, is a blogger’s worst enemy!
So, we might as well cultivate positive habits ― the kinds of habits that will ensure that we get our quota of blogging done.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Renard, it would be nice if I could stop procrastinating whenever the time for me to create a blog post comes around.”
It is possible for you to stop procrastinating whenever the time for you to create a blog post comes around and I am going to teach you how to do it.
1.) Stop Viewing Blogging As A Chore
It is human nature to procrastinate when it comes to getting our chores done; for example, no one is ever truly elated by the idea of cleaning a dirty house.
The problem is that some of us view blogging as a burdensome chore.
Blogging may appear somewhat difficult for some people. However, if people were to change their entire mindset about blogging; for example, viewing it as something that leads to fun and a strong sense of fulfillment, they would be able to create blog posts every time.
We can work towards believing that blogging is easy and is something that brings us joy by doing the following things:
- Learning the basics of blogging.
- Practicing what we have learned about blogging.
- Challenging ourselves to do better in the area of blogging.
Accomplishing goals makes us feel good about ourselves.
Whereas, the perpetual procrastination of important things (which in this case is blogging) makes us feel bad about ourselves.
2.) By Knowing That There Is No Time Like The Present
Dear friend, the best time to create that draft-copy for your blog post is now.
Because doing so will help you to create the momentum that you desperately need.
Do keep in mind that:
- A few words can develop into a sentence.
- A few sentences can lead to the development of a paragraph.
- A few paragraphs can grow into a small blog post.
The draft-copy of our blog post has transformed itself into something usable by the implementation of the things that were mentioned above.
So, bloggers should never underestimate the power of writing one word and following the creation process by writing another word after it, etcetera.
If you have an idea for a blog post, I strongly suggest that you start working on it now.
3.) By ‘Getting Into The Zone’
The term, “Getting into the zone, ” refers to one entering a state of mind in which they are deeply focused on a specific task and accomplishing it with ease.
Where I am concerned, I have gotten myself into the zone by listening to electronic dance music on my headphones while I write (The results are magical and this method works for me every time).
Do you ever listen to music when you are writing?
4.) By Searching For Topics In Advance
There is an advantage in searching for topics in advance; that advantage is knowing exactly what it is your blog posts are going to be based on.
Now, that is much better than looking at a blank screen and wondering, “Hmm. What shall I write about today?”
Why should you punish yourself when you can simplify things by planning out your topics?
Also, there is a high probability of you giving up if you do not have topics planned for your blog posts.
Do you ever plan your topics in advance?
5.) By Simply Believing That They Can Get Their Quota Of Blogging Done
It is imperative that you believe that you can always get your quota of blogging done.
Writing blog posts can be a very intimidating experience for a newcomer to blogging.
However, the more you practice your blogging and get yourself accustomed to writing blog posts, is the better you get at it (I can attest to this because I have been blogging for thirteen years).
The better you get at something is the stronger your belief becomes in getting that particular thing done.
6.) By Creating An Editorial Calendar For Their Blog
Utilizing an editorial calendar will help in the area of combating procrastination because it lets the blogger know:
- How often they will be publishing content.
- The times and the dates that their blog posts are due.
- Which blogger will be publishing a specific topic (This method is effective for blogs that have more than one author).
I highly recommend Megan Conley’s article, How to Create an Editorial Calendar [Examples + Templates], for any blogger who has a sincere interest in creating an editorial calendar of their own.
7.) By Having The Willingness To Be There For Their Readers
If you have been blogging for quite some time, you would have acquired subscribers (And, many of them would be eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new blog post).
In my case, people expect to see new blog posts from me on a weekly basis; they know that my blog posts are scheduled to be published every Saturday at 1930 Greenwich Mean Time.
Procrastination is certainly not an option for the blogger who knows fully well that their readers expect to see new content from them on a regular basis.
As you have just learned, bloggers can beat their procrastination by doing the following things:
- Ceasing to view blogging as a chore.
- Knowing that there is no time like the present.
- Getting themselves into the zone.
- Searching for their topics in advance.
- Believing that they can always get their quota of blogging done.
- Creating an editorial calendar for their blog.
- Having the willingness to be always there for their readers.
The way I see it is that bloggers can either overcome procrastination or allow procrastination to hinder their blogging (The proverbial ball is in their court).