Find Your “Best” Time
Early bird or night owl? Writers are notorious for burning the midnight oil, so don’t be ashamed if you write best at an odd hour.
The optimal time to write is up to you. If you don’t have free time to write, it’s a good idea to carve a little out in your schedule.
The more you write and the better you plan, the shorter this writing time will be.
Don’t Overthink It
Overthinking leads to worrying, which turns your blog into a daunting task. Only think about it as much as you need to.
You may perceive writing as a chore. That’s fair — it takes work, and needs to be done regularly.
However with proper planning, a nice writing environment and a style you enjoy, writing could become a favorite activity— or at least something that’s quick and easy.
I first read about the Pomodoro Technique a few years ago. It was actually invented in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, a sociology student at the time. Using a tomato-shaped dial timer, he discovered the best way to work productively:
- Step 1: Decide on something to work on
- Step 2: Set a timer for 25 minutes
- Step 3: Work until it rings, then write a dash on paper
- Step 4: Take a five minute break
- Step 5: Repeat four times
- Step 6: Take about a 15 minute break.
Cirillo found this pattern of work/break to be optimal. Want to try it yourself? Try using the official Pomodoro timer.
Some people find it easier to talk than write. Using dictation for blog writing is a fantastic idea. Speaking translates well because blogs often have a casual, informal tone.
Dictation also eliminates a lot of “blockage”. You don’t have to sit still. You can pace around the room and gesture to get your ideas out.
Depending on your typing speed, it’s also faster than typing or handwriting. You can find out your typing speed (words per minute) here to compare.
Ultimately, Find What Works for You!
Though these tips are intended to help any blogger, I acknowledge that every writer is different. Some of us work best within the traditional 9–5 hours, and others stay up well past midnight.
Your blog writing method can be traditional or unconventional. Regardless, there is always room to increase productivity. You don’t have to erase your individuality to do so!
The Bottom Line
To keep up with the quick-paced content world, bloggers need to be onto it. To get clicks and gain loyal readers (ie, clients), be sure to try the tips mentioned above!
Remember these three main points:
- Create a plan before you start writing
- Write when and where you feel most productive
- Consistency = Sustainability.
To bloggers strapped for time, know this: With a solid plan in place, you can write regular, high-quality blogs that get your message out there.
More blog posts — less writing hours. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?