Do you feel stuck, tired and just can’t write a damn thing?
Do you have an incredibly difficult time staying motivated and can’t figure out what the heck is wrong with you?
Gal, you are not alone. We all go through this. Who wouldn’t sometimes watch Netflix rather than finish that 3,000-word draft?
That doesn’t mean you are lazy or that you don’t truly, madly, deeply LOVE your blog!
Maybe you are just overworked and you need to take better care of yourself. Or the subject you’re tackling is an emotionally difficult one for you and not exactly what you’d write about right now. I can think of a gazillion reasons…
But what can you do (besides using the Smart Blog Planner) to make sure you keep publishing new content on schedule? You don’t want your blog to look amateurish, or worse, abandoned, right? But you don’t want blogging to be a continuous struggle that puts you on the path to blogger burnout either.
1 | Change your self-talk
Do you ever find yourself crippled by self-doubt, thinking to yourself (or maybe even out loud), ‘I’m an incredibly lazy person‘, ‘maybe I just don’t have what it takes‘, ‘I’ve started so many creative projects in the past but I always end up procrastinating and never finish them‘?
Yeah, that’s you being stuck in a pattern of limiting beliefs. These beliefs keep you in the same place and away from your dreams – and it ain’t cute.
If you call yourself lazy or worthless or a procrastinator or a loser one time too many, you’ll start believing it yourself. And that sucks!
There’s no such thing as laziness. There’s only resistance, disinterest, and fatigue.
Does any of this sound like you?
- You are a perfectionist and obsess over the smallest detail. Just thinking about all the blogging related stuff on your to-do list makes you feel overwhelmed. And then you get discouraged before you even start…
- You feel disconnected from your purpose and you need some time for yourself to redefine what success means to you and find that place inside of you that feels like home…
- You are super tired and need to give yourself permission to do nothing for a bit without feeling guilty. Like literally schedule some procrastination in your calendar and enjoy just being in the moment…
But you know what? You CAN and you WILL. Don’t let ANYONE (not even yourself!) tell you otherwise.
2 | Find an accountability partner
An accountability partner is someone rooting for you. Someone who will keep you on your toes and who you can bond with over your shared struggles. Someone you respect and trust and who shares your values. And maybe most importantly, she is not afraid to call you on your BS.
And that’s a two-way street.
Having a blog accountability partner can be fun and you get to decide what to work on next.
You can start looking for an accountability partner among the people you already know. She doesn’t have to be your BFF, although friendship can develop over time.
Facebook groups are a great place to find an accountability partner too – you are always welcome to ask in my group
The key to a successful partnership is to have weekly talks about your goals, accomplishments, fears, and strategies and grow together.
The aim is to boost your blogging productivity and help you reach your goals.
3 | Get in the habit of getting started
Here’s the deal with motivation – it’s not reliable. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. You can’t rely on motivation to take action.
But you know what you can rely on? Habits.
You need to get in the habit of getting started, motivation or not. Eventually, it will become automatic, and you will not even have to use your willpower to do it. Like brushing your teeth first thing in the morning. It’s just something you do, right?
Habits that will make getting started a whole lot easier
- Make your daily to-do list the night before
- Block time in your calendar every day to write
- Prepare for what might get in your way
- Create a home office you’ll actually want to work in
- Every morning get out of your pajamas and into some comfy yet stylish clothes that will give you an instant confidence boost
- Unplug from distractions and honor your commitment to do this
- Set goals
- Break each goal into immediately achievable tasks
And speaking of immediately achievable tasks… Say you want to make money with affiliate marketing. The next thing you need to do is start writing blog posts with affiliate links. Each post is a measurable goal.
Then break each post into several parts. If your post is about the most inspiring books every female entrepreneur should read, then each short book review is an immediately achievable task that you can write in a matter of minutes.
If you only have a few minutes scattered throughout your day, don’t misuse them. Time is a gift and it’s rude to think 5 minutes are worth nothing. Actually, you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in only 5 minutes.
Things you can do in 5 minute
- Research your next blog post idea
- Outline your next piece of content
- Write a blog post introduction
- Write one item for your next list post
- Create a Pinterest-friendly image
Remember that the hardest part is just breaking the barrier of starting.
YOU GOT THIS!!!
Hey girl hey! I’m a writer, designer and the creator of I Am Unstoppable: A Journal For Winning At Life. I’m on a mission to inspire and empower women to simplify their blogs and business so they can show up for their dreams in a sustainable way. I also love to travel, play with kitties and decorate my home.