A couple weeks ago, I knew I was going to be busy. I usually spend most of my 2 days off a week at my computer blogging. I had plans that meant for two weeks, I wouldn’t be able to blog on my days off. So things had to get a bit drastic.
Writing 14 blog posts in one day isn’t something I do on a regular basis, but I’ve managed to pull it off a few times during person when I know I’ll be busy, such as going on holiday.
Here’s how I did it.
The first thing I do on my day off is reply to my e-mails. This is because I don’t often get the chance doing the rest of the week. I’ll give myself 30 minutes to go through and reply and then I set myself the rule of closing it down and not checking until the end of the day.
This is because if I keep getting emails, I’ll keep reading them and it distracts me from writing.
Read them, deal with them then close them.
I usually do this inside the Notes app on my phone. Here I will list each blog post I want to write that day. I start with the ones that will be hardest to write first, so when my mental energy is starting to drain I only have the easiest ones to worry about.
Next to each task I have to do, I’ll either give myself 30 minutes or 1 hour to write each post depending on what I need to do. I always ensure I give myself enough time. If I think a post might take my 40 minutes, then I’ll give it an hour slot rather than push for a 30 minute slot because if I finish 20 minutes early then I can either get ahead to finish early for the day, or give myself a bit of time to play on social media or maybe get a snack.
Keep distraction free.
Most of the time I’ll have my flat quiet while I’m writing. Music is okay for taking photos or editing, but when I’m writing I need complete silence.
Some people work well listening to music, so make sure you know what works for you and stick to it.
Keep yourself accountable.
If you keep finding yourself with your phone in your hand checking Whatsapp, then you better check yourself, little girl. Distractions come from all over and it’s easy to forget and lost 10 minutes messaging your friends about something.
Remember that there’s nobody to come along and tell you to get back to work. You are the boss so you have to be strict with yourself.
Have your photos ready to go.
Taking photos and editing them is my least favourite task. When I sit down to have a day like this, I’ll make sure all the photos have already been taken at the very least.
Ideally, they’ll have been edited and placed inside a draft version of the post. If I’m extra good, I’ll have placed the alt tags in the images too.
Generally, on a date of writing posts, I’ll have a variety of the above. Some that needs editing, but some that are ready in the post and waiting.
I just find doing it this way helps me with my writing flow. If I’m stopping to take photos, then write, I can’t get into it.
Take all photos at once, then write all at once. That works for me.
So that’s how I wrote 14 posts in one go – scheduled from 12pm – 9pm. I actually got ahead and finished at 7:30pm!
Not bad for a days work, eh?
How do you blog when you need to get a lot of posts done at once?