I've been sitting at my desk for an hour and a half checking emails, drinking coffee, browsing shopping sites and flipping through blogs. I should have been writing this article. But at least my butt is in my chair and my eyes are on my computer screen. That counts for something right?
Why, yes. Yes it does! I've read countless articles, blog posts, and books about productivity, for writers specifically (this is a great recent one at CopyBlogger), and the one thing they ALL have in common is that
the discipline to at least SIT DOWN at your computer, or with a pad and pencil (however you like to write), is the most important step to getting that blog post up, book written or article typed
It's the first step, definitely, but often times the first step on the road to anything is the hardest, especially if you're in a creative field.
I've spent my life rebelling against routine and discipline only to now realize how important it REALLY is. I'm usually sitting down at my desk at the same time every morning, and take a break at the same time every afternoon. I have self-imposed deadlines for everything I do – which doesn't mean I don't procrastinate, but at least I know where I need to be at certain times of the day.
Whether you're a full-time blogger or working full-time on something else and part-time on your blog, you need to manage your time, and set a routine that works for you, allowing you to balance everything that needs to be balanced. It will take time if you're used to having other people imposing schedules on you and telling you when you must do what, but believe me, you will be glad for the routine, and miss it when you stray. (I always do!!)
Here's how having a routine and more discipline in your life can help YOUR fashion blog:
You can get more done in less time
I don't know about you but when I get in the mindset that I have to sit down and accomplish a certain task at a certain time, I get it done, and usually in less time than I think I'll need. It's all about getting into “work mode” and once you're there, milking it for all it's worth! It doesn't always happen that way, sometimes you'll sit down and be un-inspired, or procrastinate, but those things are also okay, if you can keep them in check.
You will reap unexpected benefits
From just sitting down to work – even if you're not actually doing the work, you're at least sitting down in your chair and in the right mindset. Staring out into space or “wasting time” browsing Pinterest can be inspiring, and may lead you in a different direction than you were expecting, which can sometimes be a good thing! And even if you're feeling uninspired or like NOT working, having the discipline to at least sit down at your desk will always lead somewhere interesting…
You will know what to expect
Instead of worrying about when you're going to get the blog post done, or pictures taken, if you have a routine and schedule in place, you won't have to think about it; you'll just do it when it's time. And once you have your routine in place, you'll know what to expect in terms of how long it will take you to do certain things, which things take more time, etc., This always leads to more productivity and less time-suck.
Do you have a routine you follow for working on your blog? Do you feel like it helps you be MORE productive?
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