Most of us have a “good time of day” when we seem to be fairly productive. The flip side of that is that we almost always have a time of day where no matter what, we turn into a vegetable and we can’t seem to get words to come out of our keyboard no matter what we do. There are some tricks to organizing what you have to do in a single day by making the most of your productive and not so productive time periods. Here’s one trick that I use
High energy levels
Get the tasks you really don’t like out of the way! The best time to get these done is when your energy peaks. Not all of us are at our top game first thing in the morning, some of us hit our “high” in mid to late afternoon and others in the evening. If you are uncertain when you are the most productive, do yourself a favor and use a time tracker to see how much you are getting accomplished. There is a free time tracking tool that you can use for a day, a week or a month to determine what your “best” working periods are. This can help you organize your tasks in a more efficient manner.
When it’s hard to work
Let’s face it, writing online is hard work, and don’t let anyone tell you anything different! However, there are some ways that you can use your “worst times” to maximum benefit. Some of the options for “slow” periods include
Updating your portfolio – When you cannot seem to come up with one more article, work on your portfolio. If you are using sites like WordPress or Blogger for portfolio building, you can schedule your posts ahead of time. This is a great way to maximize periods of time when you might be suffering from a bit of brain block. Just don’t forget to change the dates in the options so that you’re not flooding the blog with posts on one day and not posting on another day.
Find your next tasks – If you are using sites like HubPages, Squidoo or even Helium for writing, periods when you are feeling sluggish provide a good opportunity to line up your next topics. You can save HubPages or Squidoo pages in draft form and for Helium, you can save the URL for titles you are interested in writing later. This can also help save time later and lead to higher earnings since you won’t be wasting valuable “up time” searching for your next article topic.
Work on your social media links – Downtime is a great time to prepare your work for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Set up your work for submission to Twitter in a spreadsheet so that you can easily transfer them to your favorite text editor for submission. This is a great way to use your downtime as we often do not get a chance to do this on a regular basis.
These are just a few of the options you can experiment with to find the right mix of working and promoting. In addition to making the most of the time that you simply don’t feel like you have another piece of work hiding in your keyboard, you can enhance your promotion opportunities by using these tips. Don’t get discouraged when you feel like you simply don’t have the energy to do another article, instead, use that time wisely.