How to Improve Your Productivity as a Work From Home Blogger

How to Improve Your Productivity as a Work From Home Blogger

How to Improve Your Productivity as a Work From Home Blogger

As a blogger or freelance writer working from Home, you are aware that it is not always easy to be productive, or better still maintain your productivity.

There are lots of things to do and you strive to accomplish each one of them while maintaining your balance as a stay at home and a work from home blogger.

You have to write blog content for your blog, write guest posts for other blogs, respond to comments on your posts, write for your clients, post to and schedule content for social media, etc.

You need to accomplish these tasks in order to establish yourself as an authority blogger and build a successful blogging or freelance writing business.

But to accomplish these, you need to improve your productivity while working from home.

In this article, you will discover simple tips to help you improve your productivity as a work from home blogger or freelance writer.

#• Wake up early and dress up like you’re going out to work

Make it a routine or a habit to wake up early each morning as if you’re leaving the house to go to work.

It is easier for you to wake up at whatever time of day and roll around in your pajamas, grab your laptop and start working.

In fact, I used to be that person mentioned above until a friend came by and advice me otherwise. The result, I became more productive.

In a situation like that, you’re not creating an avenue to improve your productivity, because you’re more or less telling yourself that you’re not into some serious business.

But when you wake up early and get dressed for work, your brain gets it that you’re in for serious business.

It will certainly improve your productivity.

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#• Set Up an office space

As a blogger or freelance writer who is working from home, you need to set up an office space to help improve your productivity.

With an office space in the comfort of your home, you otherwise won’t wonder about or be distracted, but rather, you will be able to maintain focus and concentrate on what is important – creating content.

Working from a home office space will feel like you’re working from an office outside from home.

But I read about bloggers who say there are writing in their pajamas on the bed, from the living room couch, etc.

This is not a great idea if you want to improve your productivity and establish yourself as an expert blogger or freelance writer.

You have a TV and other devices that cause distractions in your living room, your bedroom and other areas, including kids playing around the house.

These will never improve your productivity.

Your home office is your personal office space and not a place for kids to play around.

This is where you get creative, where you come up with incredible ideas, put your ideas together, and make them come alive.

Hence, take time to set up a functional office in a distraction-free space.

Remove all clusters, everything that is not needed. Make your home office the best it can be.

Invest in office items such as furniture. Get a comfortable desk and office chair, as well as other components of an amazing office, including a sound system to suit the atmosphere.

#• Exercise regularly

You need nobody to tell you about the amazing benefits of regular exercise.

Your job as a blogger or freelance writer requires you to sit or remain in a fixed position for long periods.

This can cause stiffness and some sort of aches that make you feel unpleasant.

However, your stiffness and aches might increase dramatically the longer you stay put in a place in order to accomplish your task.

That is where regular exercise comes in. You can set a reasonable time for your exercise.

For example, I do my exercise (strength) in the early hours of the morning. Then during breaks, I do little stretches for my arms, neck, legs, etc.

No wonder my friend Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise always encourage his readers to exercise and meditate.

In fact, study shows that regular exercise enhances blood flow to the brain and helps you maintain a healthy brain and memory.

It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose to do – whether aerobic, strength, balance or flexibility exercise.

What matters is that you get involved in a regular physical activity that will help to boost your brain function and protect your memory and thinking ability.

#• Take frequent breaks

I mentioned earlier that I perform some little stretches during breaks.

So I ask you:

  • Do you take breaks?
  • Are the times when you stop working and rest up a bit or walk around for some fresh air?

Taking frequent breaks is a great way to re-energize yourself and come back with full focus.

Accomplishing your tasks is a remarkable feeling, but trying to over-work yourself in order to complete your work will only cause you harm – burn out!

Frequent breaks enable you to have a focused mind, clear thinking, more energy, etc which will help you do more of the task at hand.

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#• Avoid distractions

Distractions are the common cause of non-productivity among bloggers and freelance writers.

Distractions are so common that sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re being distracted.

Some common causes of distraction are:

  • Social media
  • Emails
  • Location
  • Mobile phone
  • Kids
  • Television, etc.

Let’s talk about the first two:

Social media

Please, don’t get me wrong when I say social media is a distraction.

Social media is a terrific place to promote your content, connect with your target market, interact with your audience, drive traffic, generate leads, etc.

But social media can be a distraction if not used properly. How?

Let’s say you’re writing an article while your social media notifications are on. And the notifications keep coming.

At this point, you might be tempted to have a look at one or two notifications.

Once you decide to check out your notification, you’re done – distracted because you might end up spending an hour or two going through your notifications.

The best and simple thing to do is to turn off your notifications.

Email

Just as social media enables you to connect and interact with your buyer persona, email is also a phenomenal tool that can help you reach out to your audience and promote your content.

But when it comes to being productive, email can be a hindrance to your productivity.

As a result, it is advisable to turn off email notifications while writing. If you must check your emails, do it before or after you’re done writing.

You might also want to consider hiring a VA to take care of your emails, or you might want to unsubscribe from unnecessary services.

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#• Set a content plan

A research by Content Marketing Institute revealed that it is a challenge for 50℅ of content marketers – bloggers to consistently create content.

It is no surprise because I have personally come across many blogs that are inconsistent with content production.

But with a content plan that fits your routine, you will be able to overcome the challenge,  improve your productivity, and accomplish more.

You have to be realistic. If you cannot publish one blog post every day, you can set a plan to create and publish 3 or 4 articles each week.

However, if you still cannot accomplish that, then, you can establish a plan that helps you create at least one blog post each week.

The idea is to help you establish a content plan that is attainable and fits your lifestyle.

Remember, after creating and publishing content, you will have to respond to comments on your blog about your article.

These can only be achieved if you have a sustainable content plan.

#• Work at the peak time of day

For me, the best time to work and get more done is during the early hours of the morning, which is why soon after my exercise, I go to work.

For some, it is the early mornings, late evenings and, or late at nights.

Everyone has a time that best suits his or her lifestyle. Find yours and plan your activities in harmony with it. It will definitely improve your productivity.

#Use tools to map out and organize your ideas

Creativity is an art that must be cherished. As a blogger or freelance writer, you are a creative person with terrific ideas.

But you need to understand that ideas come and go, which is why you need to map out your ideas and get them organize in one place for easy access.

If you cannot organize your blog content ideas in one place, it will certainly be difficult to locate them when you need them.

Interestingly, there are many tools that can help you in this regard, such as:

  • FreeMind
  • Evernote
  • Trello

Let us have a glimpse of the first two tools mentioned here.

FreeMind

As a writer, you sometimes have to deal with writer’s block. This is a situation where you seem to be lost of ideas to write about.

FreeMind is what you need in this situation because it will help you organize your thoughts and ideas.

This tool is described as a “free mind mapping software that allows users to edit a set of concept surrounding a primary notion or thought.”

The non-linear procedure will help you when planning new projects as thoughts and ideas are included in the mind mapping process.

Evernote

Evernote is a great tool you can use to brainstorm, map out ideas, and organize them accordingly.

With this tool, you can store your ideas as well as research you’ve made in a searchable location.

Evermore is the tool you need for organizing any type of project or information. This amazing tool also lets you collaborate with team members.

You can as well create notebooks for each project on Evernote.

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#• Create a to-do o list.

A daily to-do list is a great way to stay focused and boost your productivity. I have a to-do list on my desk, my smartphone, and my laptop.

That way I can conveniently manage my activities anywhere. Usually, I create a monthly to-do list which I then break down into segments of weeks and days.

This helps me improve my productivity and get more work done.

#• Delegate task or hire a writer

There is more to blogging and freelance writing than you can imagine. Many bloggers would not tell you that, they’ll rather make it look simple to you.

It is not just about creating and publishing content, there are more involved.

As mentioned in section 6 of this article, you’ll have to respond to comments on your blog, schedule your content for posting on social media sites, check and reply to emails, etc.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming. At some point, you find that you have more work than you can handle.

At this stage, I suggest you hire a blogger or freelance writer to ease the workload so you can have time to concentrate on other aspects of your writing.

How to improve your productivity as a blogger working from home

Wrapping up

 

Being a productive blogger will from from home will help you in many aspects of your blogging career.

Fot one thing, it will enable you do more with your time. The more you improve your productivity the more you will achieve.

Although there are many ways to improve your productivity, the steps in this article will dramatically improve your productivity beyond your imagination.

Ensure to implement them accordingly.


About the author

About the Author

Moss Clement is a blogger and digital marketing freelance writer, social media & content marketer who blogs at mossmedia.biz. He writes for RankWatch, ProvenSEO, RocksDigital, Inspire to Thrive, to name a few. He has also been featured ionon manyher websites and publications including Statusbrew, Blogging From Paradise, Mostly Blogging, Arts & Marketing, etc. He is helping businesses and individuals generate leads, increase engagement, and grow their business by delivering consistent high-quality content tailored to the needs of your audience.

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26 thoughts on “How to Improve Your Productivity as a Work From Home Blogger

  1. Great advises, Moss! I used to work from home quite a lot of time in the past and I totally agree that you should avoid any distractions and have a small and quiet office space.
    The hardest part for me was to learn to take frequent brakes and to focus only on things that matters most.
    Awesome post, thanks for sharing it!

    1. Hi Velin,
      I hope you have been doing pretty well. Yes, my friend, there are more distractions in the home than you can imagine, especially when you have kids in the house.

      Getting you little space as an office will surely improve your productivity.

      Breaks are great to re energize you. I used to struggle with that as well. But with much effort one can easily get through it.

      Thank you so much for coming by and commenting, Velin. Hope to see you again soon.

  2. This is yet another wonderful post Moss,
    Honestly, one of the most difficult things I’ve ever seen in life is working from home. Even though it’s the dream of most people to work from the comfort of their home, it’s not easy at all. Most times, you need a lot of energy and will power to get going. Maintaining your productivity while working from home is often very difficult, and that is why this type of business is not meant for everyone.
    However, I still believe that anyone can do it very well once you’re determined and dedicated to make it work for you.
    I love your idea of waking up early in the morning and dressing like you’re going to work, this is something I’ve never tried before, and I’m pretty sure it will work out very well if tried. I’m definitely going to give this one a shot and see how it turns out.
    Also, setting up a home office is totally a no brainer in this business. And I’ve never regretted setting up one in my house as it really boosted my productivity level beyond imagination.
    Finally, being productive as a blogger and writer is not easy, but if you can kill all the numerous distractions, you do excel.
    BTW: You made a mistake somewhere in your last point where you wrote “DELICATE.” I’m sure you wanted to write “DELEGATE.”

    1. Hi Anil,
      It gives me pleasure to read your comments because your comments are more like an article on its own.
      In fact, although I will have to contact you genuinely about this, I’m inviting you to contribute an article whenever you so wish, and I will willing publish it.

      With that said, its not easy at all, but many betters will not tell. They’ll rather make it seem as easy as anything you can imagine. Personally I struggle in the beginning working from home. But after I was able to set my office space, things took a different turn to the right direction.

      I love you idea of being determined and dedicated as a ways to succeed as a work from.home blogger.

      Thank you my friend, I actually meant “Delegate.” We can totally depend on tools to help us out with spelling and grammatical errors. I use Grammarly but unfortunately it could not detect the spelling error.

      Thank you so much for your insight on the subject and for noticing the error. Much appreciated Anil.

  3. Amazing content, Post content shows the effort by any blogger even they work from home. Yes, it really hard to avoid distraction while you are writing.
    “Early to bed and early to rise make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
    No word to Say further.
    I Enjoy lot when reading your post and gain unexpected knowledge.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Hi Jamaley,
      It is always a pleasure to have you here. I appreciate reading your comments.
      I really love your quote of Benjamin Franklin. It definitely will help you stay healthy, wealthy and wise.

      Thank you my friend for your contribution.

  4. Hey Moss,
    This is another massive value bro.
    One of the things I’m working on now is setting my working space. As I plan to get into videos for my up coming product (Video course on cryptocurrency), there is need for that space.

    One of the things that kill our home business is distractions. These are from many different angles and we must be able to overcome them to boost productivity.

    apart from kids you mentioned above, there are other family members and visitors. Once they know you are always at home, they can pop up anytime.

    I’m developing strategies to handle these distractions and will be sharing on my blog soon.

    Thanks for being awesome. There are better days ahead so let’s keep giving.

    1. Hi Enstine,
      You’re absolutely right, besides kids, there are friends and our members of the family to deal with. Unless you control the situation your productivity is at risk. I like that you brought that up, very interesting. In fact, I think I’ll have to edit the article and add that part as a contribution from you.

      Video content is great for engagement and vitality, but you cannot get it done with much distraction, which is why, as you indicated, you have to setup your work/office space.

      I so much appreciate your contribution Enstine. Thank you.

  5. Hi Moss,

    Thanks a bunch for the shout out my friend. Floors me how I am productive by taking tons of breaks, and also, by getting enough sleep nightly.

    We are not machines. Nobody burns the candle at both ends for long; sickness and mental break downs ensue. You cannot be productive through hard work, or even sustained smart work. Energized play combined with resting properly makes ya so freaking prolific, it’ll make folks heads spin.

    Rocking post buddy.

    Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan,
      I used to think that you’re a machine 😀😀😀… Just kidding bro 😁😁😁, because you are super productive – creating articles for your own blog and well as guest post on others blogs on a regular basis. I admire you a lot, Ryan.

      Taking constant breaks will help to re-energize you and improve your productivity. It is not about working hard as you indicated, but getting proper rest to energize yourself.

      Thanks a lot for your awesome contribution.

  6. Hi Moss,
    Working from home sounds so appealing, but in reality, we do need to set up boundaries. We have to master our day from the moment we wake until we go to bed at night.
    Being a blogger and marketer, there are so many tasks we need to accomplish and we need the energy to do so. Working after a morning exercise is a great idea!
    Creating space is also very important. We do have a home office in our house and it is set up with no distractions. This does mean we also have to leave our mobile phone in another room. Also not getting caught up in social media.
    -Donna

  7. Hi Moss,

    These are all great tips and I’m doing these myself. Most recently, I hired a VA to help me out. She’s slowly taking on more tasks but I can’t wait until I can focus on just writing, engaging and promoting. 🙂

    The one thing I cannot escape is those darn distractions. I promise you, there is always something going on.

    For example, this week the exterminators came out and tomorrow we have techs coming out to assemble our grandson’s swings.

    Or I have to run an errand for my hubs (who works 90 hr weeks and hardly home). There is never a day when I can work through my whole day but I’m used to it by now. 🙂

    I balance it out by work nights to catch up. Everyone is asleep and the phone isn’t ringing. I’ve actually been thinking about working nights since I can get more done…I might try it out and see how it works. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these great tips with us!

  8. Hi Moss,

    Improvement is the key to stay longer in this competitive business world. Not just the popular businesses but a common work from home blogger also needs to improve productivity of his blog.
    It helps to attract more readers, more client, more leads and more revenue.
    I believe a relaxed mind can produce 10 times more productive ideas then a tired one.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Gaurav,
      It is common logic to say that a relaxed mind van produce more. Why?

      Because one with a relaxed mind is more focus and have a clear vision. Social media is a great tool to help you expand your business, but you must take measures to make it work for you.
      Thanks so much for contributing to the conversation.

  9. Hello Moss,

    I love the idea of setting up and office space. It works for real. Anything to put yourself in work mood is worth doing.

    Nothing can distract more than social media. I fight so hard keep it at minimum but since a part of my revenue comes from social media, I have to strike a balance between theme.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Emenike,
      I appreciate your comments. Social media is a great place to generate leads and increase your income if done correctly. As a blogger working from home, you must try to keep a balance between your social activities and blogging. I like the fact you were able to strike the core of balance which enables you to improve your productivity.

      Thanks so much for contributing to the conversation.

  10. Hi Moss,

    Nice post. I am working from home for last 2 years and I can relate to most of the points mentioned above. I have a small kid at home so most of my productive time is either early in the morning or late in the night.

    I think setting an office space and treating it separate from home helps a lot. I usually sit in my office space and my family knows that I should be disturbed (not sure how strictly we follow it but at least we try that I don’t get disturbed while in that space). Though longer you keep working from home, these boundaries start diluting and you start getting up for many small things. One should keep an eye on that.

    – Sanjeev

    1. Hi Sanjeev,
      Yes, you’re right about that. Family members can be a distraction even with an office space. However, setting rules and sticking to it will help a great deal. For example, I work from home and have bn working the past 3 years, which is why I also relate to this as much as you do. But my family are aware that my space is my space and not to be played with. The are boundries which they all respect. Make a constant reminder that you are not to be disturbed.
      Thank you for contributing ti the discussion.

    1. Hi Bhawna,
      That is great. The most important thing is for you to take measures that will improve your productivity.

      I will be happy if you implement this steps.

      Thank you for contributing to the conversation.

    1. Hi Ashish,
      I so much agree with you. You need to find a conducive area to work from as your personal office space without distraction.
      It will help you be more productive.

      Thank you for coming by.

  11. Hi Moss,

    Really enjoyed reading this post.

    I’ve always exercised regardless of working at home or not, so that helps me take a break from working long hours.

    Regarding the first point, I always feel guilty of not getting up as early as I should and make up working at night. But there is nothing like morning sun coming through the window and I can stay home. I love it.

    1. Hi Taka,
      I love to have you here on my blog, I’m happy that you came by. As a work from home person, there are many distractions you have to deal with – family members, friends, kids, etc. So there is a need to remain focus, which is why you need your office space. Your health is also very important to your success, and that calls for frequent breaks so as to energize yourself.
      For me i do more work in the mornings. In fact, I used to work late at night as well, but I stopped. It all depends on the individual. Choose the best time for you and stick to it.

      Thank you for coming by and commenting. Well appreciated.

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