A blog is only as good as the number of posts it has. A blog post is only any good if people read and respond to it. Blogging can be a lucrative gig, but only if you’re able to produce content and get that content out to the world. Luckily, there are many tools out there to help bloggers boost their productivity, stay focused and get stuff done.
Here are a few of the most helpful tools that every blogger should check out.
It seems so simple, but using a timer when working on your blog can really help you out. Something called the Pomodoro Technique is popular among bloggers and others looking to increase their productivity. Using this technique, you set a timer for 25 minutes, work, work, work, then take a break for about 5 minutes after the timer dings.
Rinse and repeat until your work day is over. After four 25-minute sessions, you’re able to take a longer (15 minutes) breaks. The technique gets its name because the creator of it used a tomato-shaped egg timer. You can use pretty much any type of timer you can get your hands on, from a physical one to an online time tracking program such as Toggl.
To be productive, you need to prioritize your to-do list. It’s easy to focus on the simple tasks and leave the big projects to languish. But if you do that, you won’t get the important stuff done.
Like a timer, a to-do list can be a super simple tool. Depending on your style, you might only need a simple notepad to keep track of your projects and prioritize your tasks for the day or week.
If you want something a little more sophisticated and streamlined, an app such as TeuxDeux can help. It lets you sort your tasks by calendar day, check them off when done or move them to the next day if you didn’t get to them. You do have to pay for TeuxDeux, which can be a deal-breaker for some people.
Social Media Tools
Sharing your blog posts on social media is essential but also a bit of a pain to do manually. Social media sharing tools, such as Buffer, take some of the hassle out of scheduling posts. You’re able to manage all your social accounts in one place and can schedule posts to occur throughout the day or week. You can also use the app to find content to share with your followers.
Social media apps help you maximize your presence on social networks without the risk of wasting hours scrolling through feeds.
The more productive you are as a blogger, the more readers you’ll get and the more money you can earn. Investing in a few productivity tools can go a long way towards improving your blogging game.