I’ve been blogging for as long as I’ve been working. I started blogging shortly after I graduated from college and I’ve never stopped ever since. I blog for myself, I blog for a living, and I blog for self-growth and self-education.
Some of the most frequent questions that I hear are: How do you keep up? How do you keep yourself motivated and inspired? How do you keep producing fresh content without burning out?
I am sure many bloggers have different tricks. Here are mine.
For someone who works so much (while trying to maintain a normal life), this is a tricky one. It’s easy to keep pushing your reading plans down your to-do list until the “actual” work is done. However, without regularly seeing someone else’s work and staying on top of industry trends, you’ll quickly find yourself burnt out.
And this is not just about keeping up with expert articles and professional resources. It’s about reading in general. Reading allows me to refresh my mind, switch to another topic, and ultimately get inspired. It’s also the most efficient self-development and personal growth tactic I am aware of.
But back to the lack-of-time issue I am dealing with. How to find time for reading while you can barely find time for sleep?
I have a few tactics of my own:
This is very important. The moment the idea comes to your mind and you feel good about it, write down as much of what you think as you can.
I use traditional college-born note-taking habit here: I take brief notes using anything I have at hand: A piece of paper, iPhone, or a laptop. I note down everything that’s on my mind at this very moment and I don’t stop until I am done. I draw arrows, write down bullet points, mention tools, and examples. (By the end, I think I am the only one who can understand those notes.)
Never wait until you have enough time to write the post. If you miss that very important moment of being inspired, that article may never happen.
In all honesty, I don’t even believe in the very concept of “enough time.” Just do it when you feel like it. Yes, writing your idea down (in much detail) is likely to often distract you from what you are currently doing, but it will soon grow into a habit and you’ll learn to still be organized.
As an active blogger who’s been writing non-stop for almost eight years, feeling helpless, overwhelmed and stuck is actually a big problem for me.
That’s the main reason why I started MyBlogU: It keeps you motivated and inspired. Just ask the community for ideas and you’ll see lots of them coming from bloggers from your niche and outside of it (which is even better for finding unique perspective). I became a much more productive writer when I started using MyBlogU to brainstorm.
There are more ways to benefit from collective knowledge to get inspired. The other two platforms I am using are:
When I am tired, bored or stuck, I put together a video or a SlideShare deck — seriously.
I don’t have time to procrastinate, so creating something visual is actually how I get a rest. It is very refreshing and inspiring, especially if you know the right tools. Here are mine:
These tools are very simple and thus very productive: You don’t have to spend hours to create a professional-looking piece of visual content. You also find yourself much more inspired while working with them.
This is my personal workaround to producing useful content regularly. There are tools for everything — and many of them are free (or cheap). Plus, they make great fodder for bloggers. Here’s why:
These are my writing productivity tricks — nothing special, yet they’ve been working for me for almost a decade.
How do you keep yourself inspired? Please share your tips with us in the comments below.