Are you struggling with getting into a blogging habit? What if all it took to get your blog posts done was 10 minutes a day? Imagine the difference that could make to your productivity!
How 10 Minutes Can Make a Difference
This past week I tried a new weight loss app. It claimed to be different and I thought, “why not give it a go!” Over the past few years I’ve gained about 15 kg, and much of that I’d put down to sitting in front of my computer, writing blog posts. They don’t call it Blogger’s Body for nothin’.
What was intriguing to me about this app is that they only ask you to commit to 10 minutes a day.
The app, Noom (for those who are interested), supports you with a group coach, a peer support group and a one on one consultant you check in with once a week. They made it so easy and actually a little but fun, so within a few days I was hooked and in my first week I’ve lost 200g. Yes, not a lot, but we did move house and pig out on copious amounts of junk food in the process, so I feel pretty good about that.
The thing is, it got me thinking, that if 10 minutes a day on a weight loss app can help me lose weight and change my eating and exercise habits, what about if that could be applied to blogging.
The No. 1 Challenge for Content Marketers
So, it stands to reason that, if you’re procrastinating (I like to call it ‘blogcrastinating’), you could use a boost.
In the Writally Facebook group, I tried an experiment. I asked for volunteers to be guinea pigs so we could see if working on your blog for 10 minutes a day made a difference.
I am pleased to say, that it has, and we haven’t even finished the week long experiment yet. Here are some of the results:
How to Get Started on Your New Blogging Habit
Below I want to share some tips to help you get started on creating a new blogging habit:
1. Commit to 10 minutes a day
Put it in your calendar like an appointment. Don’t shove it aside. Treat that 10 minutes as sacred. I don’t care how busy you are (Have you seen my schedule?), everyone has 10 minutes they can spare. You can get up 10 minutes earlier without it impacting on the quality of your sleep. You can take 10 minutes away from Facebook (let’s face it, it’s a time suck of magnitude proportions) or LinkedIn, and you can spend 10 minutes less watching Netflix. Find 10 minutes and schedule it into your calendar. No more excuses.
2. Gather support
Find 1 or 2 accountability buddies to help keep you on track, particularly in your first week. It’s way easier to change your habits if others around you are doing the same. You can ask for accountability buddies in the Writally Facebook group or find your own elsewhere. I am positive there are at least two business friends out there who are struggling with the same blogcrastination issues.
3. Minimise distractions
Turn off your notifications, leave your phone in the other room and have a heart to heart with your laptop. There are apps that will create a distraction free environment for you as well.
4. Just do something
Even if all you do in your first 10 minutes is to create folders on Google Drive for your blog posts, that’s a start. Some ideas for your first day: Write down every question your ideal client has in a 10 minute brainstorming session. What do people typically ask you about your business? Scan the news to see what’s topical in your industry and write some topics around those news articles. List who you would interview if you could interview anyone for your blog. Make a list of customers you could do a case study post on.
5. Celebrate getting started!
Make sure you take a moment to celebrate your action! Toast to a new blogging future and redefining blogger’s body and take your dog for a walk to reward yourself for being a doer.
No matter how stuck you feel with your blogging, these tips should help you get started with your new blogging habit. In the next few weeks, I’m fleshing out a free 10 minute a day blog habit challenge. Watch out for updates in the Writally Facebook group. It will be launching soon!
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