One of the most common excuses/rants we hear over on the So You Wanna Blog Facebook Group goes something like this:
“My car died, my cat is sick, I’m stressed at my job and my boyfriend is mad at me!! I know I need to blog, I just don’t have time.”
And, while I totally get that life can be overwhelming/hectic, I have news for you:
You absolutely, 100% DO have time to blog. But for whatever reason, you’re not making time for it. In the end, all excuses are equal. We could write a listicle with 100 reasons why you should blog, but at the end of the day, it’s your butt that has gotta be in the chair!
So, that said, let’s figure out WHERE in the day to find time, or some other handy dandy tricks to get your butt writing.
Tip #1: Hold Netflix for Ransom
I’ll bet $5 you have spent at least 5 hours in the last week watching TV. And I get that TV can be how folks decompress at the end of the day, but studies show TV actually isn’t that relaxing. You’d be better off meditating for 10 minutes or lying on your grass in your front yard, and then spending 50 minutes writing.
Have a friend change your Netflix/Hulu/HBO/etc passwords, and hold them ransom until you complete the number of blog posts you committed to writing.
Tip #2: Get Up Early to Eat Your Frog
Mark Twain has a famous saying, “Eat your frog first thing in the morning.” No, dear old Mark was not talking about eating an actual frog, rather, he meant it metaphorically. Your “frog” is the one thing that you NEED to get done in a day, but for whatever reason, you resist the crap out of it. You procrastinate. You spend more time guiltily thinking about your frog than the time it would take to eat it!
Uh, metaphorically that is.
Get up an hour earlier in the morning, and plunk yourself down to write. You may write stuff you hate the first couple of days, but I know that by the third or fourth day you’ll strike blogging gold. Eating your frog first thing in the morning will give you renewed energy throughout your day, because you already got the thing done that you used to rationalize avoiding.
Tip #3: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Find a blogging friend (or a supportive friend), and pay them $20 via Venmo or PayPal. No, you’re not giving your friend $20 for the heck of it! When you do this, stipulate a date and time that you have to have your blog post done by, or they keep the $20.
We know that blogging can make you money in the longterm, but you need to feel the consequences (or loss of money) right NOW to get your caboose moving.
Whatever you decide, remember: Whether you finish a blog (or don’t finish a blog), the whole process is on you. Some SYWBers write blog posts in the Notes app on their phone on their break from work, dictate blog posts into a recording app and have someone transcribe them, or pay a writing coach to help them get past their blocks.
But, whatever happens, it’s 100% on you.
What helps you sit down and write a blog post? Share your tips in the comments!
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