Hey guys! I’m Karina and I blog over at theoptimalistblog.com. If you’re reading Allison’s blog, you’re probably a driven person looking for ways to get the flexible lifestyle you desire. Which is great because I’m passionate about helping YOU save money and time, based on the concepts I’ve learned as an Engineer/newlywed. I find joy in simplifying complex concepts (I’m a nerd, I know :P) and sharing them with you!
Are you struggling to make blogging a daily habit? Do you feel overwhelmed with a never-ending to do list? I know the feeling! Like many of you, I’m busy, juggling a full-time job, my blog/Etsy shop, and my personal life.
When I started my blog, I would work on it sporadically. I found it difficult to hold myself accountable and make blogging fun enough to do daily. It was challenging to establish a routine to blog consistently and effectively, given the limited time in a week. As bloggers in a rapidly changing world, there are countless things we need to learn, such as tools for ads, social media, affiliates, and email marketing.
Feeling overwhelmed, I decided to create a strategic method to be intentional with my time that would keep me motivated (simple and fun enough to want to repeat daily) and focused (removing distractions by prioritizing). With trial/error and research, I’ve become a consistent blogger, working on my blog 5 days a week.
I’m excited to share the 4 step method I use to blog consistently, using my Erin Condren Monthly View Planner. I bought my planner after watching one of Allison’s Youtube videos because I loved how organized and practical it was! If you don’t have a planner, no problem! Grab the FREE workbook by clicking here!
What will you focus on this month? Adding a handful of priorities will help you focus on achieving those goals and avoiding distractions. I use the last page of the month (dotted page) to draw the Eisenhower matrix, a chart that will help you categorize your tasks by importance and urgency into 4 quadrants. For example, if I have a guest post due in a week, I’d put that in the highly urgent and highly important quadrant because I have a deadline and I consider it important for my blog.
2. ENVISION YOUR MONTH
When will you get everything done? Using the monthly calendar, you can lay out key dates for your blog. Like Allison, I use post its to make it easy to modify. We’re all busy and things change so this helps keep your editorial calendar flexible.
3. RECOGNIZE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I’m guilty of thinking about what I should add to my to-do list before taking a moment to recognize what I’ve already accomplished. By separating sections by week, you can easily jot down your Weekly Accomplishments. This step is helpful for 2 reasons:
It reminds you to take a moment to relish in your accomplishments
It helps you be more mindful of how you’re using your time
The same day each week, carve out a few minutes so that it can become a ritual you look forward to. Ask yourself “Is it worth adding to my weekly accomplishments?” If yes, then go for it!
4. TRACK WHAT YOU DO- How are you getting everything done? This step has been a game changer in helping me be consistent. At the back of the planner, there are pages for notes. I use these to document what I do each day. I learned this from the book The Compound Effect, which teaches that writing things down daily can help you stick with a new habit. This step is quick and rewarding!
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I hope you find these tips useful. I’m a firm believer in continuous improvement and am open to making adjustments to my 4 step method. If you have any helpful tips that have helped you blog consistently, please share below!
One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is this wonderful, uplifting community. I’d love to connect with you, so feel free to head over to my blog and shoot me an email. You got this, girl!
Thank you so much for guest posting, Karina! I loved watching how you used your Erin Condren planner! Be sure to head on over to her site, you guys, because I think you’ll especially enjoy this post too: Money Saving Hack That’ll Save You 4.5 Hours & $100 This Month! -Allison