We only have 24 hours in a day. We live in a world where technology is constantly changing. The way we obtain our news and information has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. For a blogger, it‘s important to stay head.
However, many of us are prone to information overload, where we’re constantly bombarded with information from businesses and organizations. The social media era provides us with an alternative for obtaining information. The disadvantages of social media technology are that it’s very time consuming and can dissolve many of our waking hours away.
In this article, I will highlight a variety of causes of unproductive behavioral patterns, plus show you methods to enhance your productivity.
1. Limit your time on social media sites
For many businesses and employers, the internet is seen as unproductive. I’m sure you’ve heard of cases where employees are spending their working hours on social media sites such as: Twitter and Facebook. For bloggers, social media is seen to be an important method of generating traffic; it’s advisable to limit your time on these sites. Social media can serve us or it can control us.
Do you need to check your Twitter account every five minutes? Honestly, how many tweets to you get in one day? I’ve been a victim of social media addiction myself. You’re best off checking social media sites in the morning and evening.
2. Close Skype and Facebook messenger
Skype is a fantastic communication tool that is used by many bloggers and entrepreneurs. An online chat room can be very addictive and can lead us to very unproductive work patterns. I’m a member of a Skype blogging chat and it is an excellent way to create new ideas. A majority of these chat sessions are ongoing. If you’re a member of a chat you could have a one hour session per week devoted to a certain topic. This would be more productive than random chat sessions throughout the day.
3. Check your email twice a day
Checking e-mails can be another example of being unproductive. If you’ve read: “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss, you’ll have noticed that Tim only checks his e-mails twice a day. Constantly checking your e-mail isn’t healthy and provides false hopes. Seriously, what are you expecting in your e-mail inbox every five minutes? No news usually means good news.
4. Plan ahead
Being self-employed or an employee requires planning ahead to meet your goals. If you have a deadline that must be reached by the end of the day, you’ll not have time to use social media sites and check your e-mail constantly. Planning ahead provides more concise strategy and enhances productivity.
5. Use your notebook
A successful employee, entrepreneur, or blogger will constantly carry a notebook. Your notebook is an extension of your thoughts. Use your notebook wisely and write down anything that inspiring or resourceful.
6. Subscribe to your favorite RSS feeds
RSS feeds are a productive method of reviewing new content on your favorite blogs. I’m currently signed up to 10 RSS feeds and I use the RSS frequently. RSS feeds keep me informed when my favorite blog have been updated with new content.
7. Take regular breaks
It’s important that the mind as an opportunity to relax. Take regular breaks after working two or three hours. If you feel stressed take a break.
8. Review your goals
A successful blogger will always review their goals and see if they’re getting closer to where they want need to be. I suggest reviewing goals on weekly basis, so that you can make fine adjustments if necessary.
9. Use speech recognition software
For a number of blog posts I use speech recognition software. The software allows me to get my ideas in writing more rapidly than typing. Once I’ve created my articles I’ll proof read the article and make the necessary changes.
10. Lead a balanced lifestyle
A successful career requires rest periods and time away from their chosen profession. A blogger needs different surroundings, inspiration from others and a wide selection of interests to create a successful blog.
Now it’s your turn
Do you have any unproductive habits that cost you more time than you’re willing to admit? We want to hear them. Do you review your blog traffic twenty times a day? Share your unproductive habits with us. We’ve all got some habits that are rather bad than good.