Blogging can be hard when you hit that dreaded writer’s block. Writing becomes tedious and you end up feeling a little lost and very unfocused! When you are running your own blog, if you are getting behind on writing, chances are you may be a bit behind on other tasks too! We’ve all been there! Jumping from task to task when you have a jam-packed schedule can also be a bit tricky.
One trick I have learned over the years is that batch working can really help you when it comes to your productivity. You are dedicating chunks of time to a certain task and getting a lot done in a set amount of time. Instead of jumping from task to task, it allows you to really sit down and focus on the task at hand. Multitasking can be really great but when it comes to being productive, sometimes it can be more beneficial to sit down and really focus on each task.
When it comes to blogging, you may be wondering how the heck you can batch work writing. I promise it is doable! Here are a few of my favorite tips for batch working for bloggers.
Create Topic Lists
After you have been blogging for a few months or even years, you may run out of topic ideas. This is a common issue that happens to many different bloggers! I love creating a topic list whether that be in Google Docs, Trello or even in a notes app. Create a list somewhere and write down as many topic ideas that you can think of. Browse your blog and see what you have already written and what you want to dig a little deeper into. Try not to edit this list to start, just take some time to write down as many ideas as possible. Go back and read over your list and see if you can think of any other ideas. Keeping an ongoing list like this will help you when it’s time to write your blog posts because you’ll never have to scramble to think of a topic. Try to keep all of your ideas in one place to make it easier on yourself.
Sit Down and Just Write
When it comes to writing, I cannot recommend batch writing enough! Giving yourself a few hours every week or every month will give you time to just sit down and write. You won’t have to sit down the morning of when the blog post needs to go up. You can pre-write a lot of your blog posts and schedule them throughout the month to free up some of your time to check off other tasks on your to-do list.
Keep the Editing for Later
If you are anything like me, it can be tricky to edit right after you write your blog post. I like to step away for a bit and come back to it with fresh eyes. It gives you some time away and rests your eyes from reading the same thing over and over again. Batch working your editing is great if you are batch writing your blog posts. You can write them ahead of time and go back to them and really edit them down to be perfect for your readers. If you like to edit and write on the same day, that is totally fine! I definitely recommend giving yourself a few moments before diving into editing the blog, just to be sure you can catch everything.
Find & Create Images
Just like writing and editing, you can batch work creating your images for your blog posts. Whether it is the actual images in your posts or the marketing images that you will post on social media, you can batch all of that work as well. It will save you so much time! Every time you make a blog post live, you are not spending the hour before creating all of the images for it. It will free up your schedule a bit more to start working on all of those other fun projects you have going on.
These are just a few of my favorite ways that bloggers can batch their work. Taking the time to dedicate to one task will allow you to stay focused and stay productive instead of switching from task to task all the time. What is your favorite way to batch your work?