5 Productivity Hacks For Today's Bloggers During the Dog Days Of Summer

Jennifer Brown Banks

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Truth is, no matter how much writers and entrepreneurs love blogging, the summer time can really “suffocate“ creativity, if allowed.

Sometimes there will be fantasies of frolicking at the beach instead of being confined to the computer at home.

Sometimes one might feel lethargic, overwhelmed, hot and bothered and frustrated.

Particularly if publishing for awhile.

Perhaps you can relate.

If so, don’t let it detour you.

For those of us who create content professionally for a living or operate sites that are monetized, it’s important to maintain momentum in order to put food on the table and stay relevant.

ACCORDINGLY, HERE ARE A FEW HACKS TO HELP YOU TO STAY FOCUSED AND PRODUCTIVE DURING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER:

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1. Keep the "write" mindset.

A wise man once wrote: “When you want to quit, remember why you started in the first place.” Keep this ever most in your mind during difficult times.

2. Try something different.

That’s right; what “relationship” isn’t enhanced by a little variety?

For instance, if your blogs posts are always short, make them long.

If your tone is always serious, try a playful approach.

If you typically do local stories, cover something with national significance.

If you post on Fridays, sneak in a Monday post.

Never become boringly predictable.

Change your “look” every once in a while.

3. Broaden your horizons.

With the re-opening of many local businesses and venues around the country, this would be a great time to get out and explore (safely). See the world. Dine at an outdoor café. Visit a zoo or park. Doing so will re-energize you and give you “food for thought” to enhance your creativity.

4. Keep a journal.

Chronicle personal thoughts, funny family experiences, recipes and clever ideas for future interesting blog ideas. Refer back to it often.

5. Create an Editorial Calendar.

It’s the equivalent of scheduling a regular “date night.”

WHAT ARE EDITORIAL CALENDARS?

For the uninitiated, an Editorial Calendar is simply a way to manage content by planning and scheduling blog posts based around topics, months and themes; many of the magazines you read use them.

Instead of “winging it,” it provides a more organized, functional, systematic approach to blogging.

(Not to mention, it combats procrastination).

This results in a blog that is regularly updated, faithfully followed, and favorably recognized by Google’s search engines.

If you’re a blogger that struggles with time management issues and writers’ block, (beyond the summer months), this is the perfect solution to approaching your blog more strategically.

Final Thought

Follow these five timely tips for greater progress, productivity and pay during the dog days of summer. Keep in mind that no output means no income.

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