Do you ever find yourself struggling to be consistent in blogging, business or in your personal life? If yes – these tips will surely help you out!
4 Things To Keep In Mind To Blog Consistently
Tell me if you can relate to this… “I get so pumped up when starting a new project but after few weeks of doing it I fall of the wagon, catch myself in hiatus and find myself starting all over again which make me freak out every single time!”
Isn’t it real?
Here’s my take on how you can stay in your game.
1.Remember WHY You Started
There is no better way to get what you want than to FOCUS on it.
Look, I know it’s not easy, life gets us so dang busy with a lot of stuff but if you are serious in getting that promotion, close that new deal or hitting that number of pageviews/and or sales, you have to have a clear, compelling vision.
Do you REALLY want it bad enough?
One thing that I personally love doing when I feel confused or getting out of direction is to think of the benefits so I can get reconnected to why I started.
There are days when I don’t feel like doing anything – in my blog, or in my lending business or in anything I just wanna lay in my bed trying to figure out life.
BOOM. That’s the problem.
We keep “trying to figure out” things until we lose sight of why we even start in the first place!
2. Audit Your Actions
I remember my all time favorite Marie Forleo says…
Human beings have a limited capability in terms of will power and discipline.
Ugh! That is so true!
It so easy to set goals, make them “look” legit and but when it’s time to put in the real work, your motivation crashes.
Are you REALLY doing the things that is inline with the results you are trying to achieve?
Or are you just *winging* it as if you are making progress but everybody *including you* knows your stuck? C’mon!
You have to remember, if you want huge results, you need to be willing to be disciplined enough to put in the work no matter what.
I remember someone emailed me yesterday, she said she wanted to make blogging her fulltime job and she wants to make millions out of it, and so I asked her what’s her goals and timelines and she told me “Nah, I’m sure it will happen soon not gonna worry about it.”
You see the problem here?
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3. Schedule What Matters
In my past post about productivity, I mentioned that it’s important for you to really know what matters in your personal life, career, business and blog.
What’s that something that you care about so much so that you build your entire year around it?
That should be non-negotiable, it’s a commitment.
You see, if you blog for a while now I’m sure you agree with me that there are TONS of things you should be doing and it’s overwhelming.
But, if you want to stay in your game and play it well, you have to give up some so you can prioritize the others.
I’ll give you an example.
In my last 2 years of blogging, I am obsessed of getting traffic, I’m being honest with you it’s like every single day I’ll check my analytics and see what’s working, what’s not working etc.
I didn’t EVEN care of anything else – no wonder why I failed miserably.
Yes I got traffic, but people are just bouncing in and off of my blog because I don’t have an email marketing setup that time I cannot get hold of them.
Please, do yourself a favor and focus on your priorities that is inline with your goals.
4. Ignore The Lazy Voice
Another one of my favorite, Mel Robbins put it this way..
You need to force yourself to do something because if not, you will never feel like it!
Your feelings are not helping you get things done – it’s your biggest distraction!
So get over your feelings and just do it!
When I look back and see how this blog grow, I can’t stop regretting about the days and months that I kept “waiting to feel ready to do something”.
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I was burdened by doubts and what if’s. It’s hard.
But when I see the trail of the “successes” it is so clear that those were the moments when I feel so afraid and didn’t know what the results will be – but I did it anyway.
Again, there’s no secret sauce to blogging and/or life success.
I believe it all boils down to being consistent in small steps and being intentional on why the heck do you things.
I think it’s always important to step back and evaluate what you wanted to achieve in the beginning.
Great post. It’s definitely hard to stay motivated and productive sometimes. I’ve had some weeks where I felt discouraged based very little traffic to my blog. I just launched a few months ago and it made me not feel like writing because I felt like I was writing to just myself. But I need to keep going and grow the blog no matter how long it takes. I enjoy writing and creating visuals for it and that’s what I enjoy the most so I need to focus on that. And the rest will follow, hopefully 🙂
I have the EXACT same feeling and you know what? You don’t have to beat yourself up! Enjoy writing and don’t focus too much on “numbers” believe me – you’ll be just fine 🙂
I was literally just sitting looking at a blank screen and telling myself maybe I should do this tomorrow but you have made me rethink that, no time for failure now. Thanks
Hey Joan, sorry to get back to you late. Sometimes we need to push ourselves (and kick lazy voices to the face). But please don’t confuse them with time for yourself (you need that too)
Summer @ Coffee With Summer
SO so key! Amazing tips!!
Yeeey! Thanks girl <3
These tips have been heaven sent.
Having two kiddos to run after all day, consistancy can be quite challenging.
Thank you for putting this together.
Nataly, I cannot imagine how you juggle all the blog stuff and family life I salute you girl <3
These tips are so helpful! I definitely struggle with consistency since I work full time in addition to blogging. I loved your tip about taking your feelings out of it.
Lindsey! We’re on the same blogging boat! It’s freakin’ hard but once you enjoy what you do it will eventually pay off 🙂
Cheyenne Robertson Bell
Great tips! Very useful.
Thanks Girl 🙂 Happy you loved it!
These are really great tips! I appreciate the point about remembering your WHY. I think this is so important to anything that we want to be consistent about doing!
Yes Mary! I remind myself every single day about this and it makes me feel so much better <3
I really liked this post and all the advise it gives. I sometimes find myself plagued by doubt and fear but I push through it. Sometimes I wonder if all my hard work will really pay off but I force myself to keep chugging along.
Hey, I have the same EXACT doubts every single day. And after blogging for a while I realized it does not really go away. Choose not to listen to it as much as you can and you will be fine. 🙂
Next Level Blogging
I’ve been blogging for a while, but when I launched Next Level Blogging, it was with the intention on helping new bloggers and growing a business.
In order to meet my goals, first I had to set goals, but I also have to treat my blog like a business, and work at it.
So everyday, I have a list of tasks that I perform, and I work on my building my blog at least 8 hours per day.
It was hard to get into the “work” mentality, but it’s starting to pay off.
Great post and excellent tips to stay on task with blogging. Thanks 🙂
Hello! I’m so happy for you! It’s hard to get the “momentum” so I really salute you for that! 🙂
Kim @ Thinking of Someday
As a new blogger, staying focused and remembering why I chose to start my blog is what’s keeping me going. It kind get kind of depressing to look at my stats and wonder where all of the traffic is. Lol. So I try not to look at it so much and just make sure that my content is good. Thanks for your tips. They’re definitely the truth!
Hey Kim! Thank you so much I’m so happy this was helpful to you <3 If you have problems with blog traffic PLEASE subscribe to my email list I'm working on a few posts (for May) that will focus on getting traffic stuff like that. See you on the other side 🙂
Hey Kim, sorry to get back to you late. I can relate to your “stats” issue especially when I started out. And believe me, it is not that important 🙂
Yolanda @ Inspire & Wander
Very good tips here. Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for new ways to stay motivated
Thank you so much Yolanda <3 So happy you find these helpful. If you need more tips, just let me know 🙂
I agree completely with what you’ve shared here about motivation and to keep making a plan and stay focused on my goal. I’m struggling, like you mentioned, with email marketing. I’m losing people not having a good opt-in sign up. Thanks for this post, very helpful!
Hello T.L. Buster (hey, I love the name!) feels like you will enjoy the post I am currently drafting (regarding email marketing) I’ll let you know once it’s out 🙂 Thanks for reading I appreciate your sweet words <3
As a blogger, I seem to have this rotation of seasons where I’m motivated for a few months and work really hard and then I have a few months where it’s hard to keep going and I’m in a rut. This is great advice to help us press on! I always need to remind myself why I started blogging…to help people. And I read through some comments and emails from people who I have helped to keep me motivated.
Hello Sheila! You go girl – I have that “creative bursts” too. I think it’s normal so don’t be hard on yourself 😉 Also, I love your idea of keeping notes of the people who keeps you motivated to blog. If there’s something I can help you with, please feel free to reach out <3
Megan Anne ❄️
I went through this a few months ago and it was really hard! These are really helpful because they’re exactly what I did to get out of that place.
Yehey! You’re an inspiration Megan! Thank you so much <3
Ellie Scotch & Stilettos
These are such great tips! I try to post 3 times a week, i have a schedule and try really hard to stick to that. I plan out my posts and what I want to talk about and then take the photos to go with those subjects. I still haven’t a clue on email lists though.
Ellie | http://www.scotchandstilettos.com
Hello Ellie, great job on your schedule! Keep it up, girl! As for the email list, I’m drafting a post (will be out this week) I’m sure it will be helpful to you.
I am a very new blogger but I’ve definitely had some consistency problems due to my busy schedule! What’s really helped me is planning ahead ( at least like a week).
It has helped me when I’m not sure what to write about! There are so many things I wanna say so it’s easier when I have some sort of structure.
Haven’t had any luck with my email list yet but feel like it’s harddddd to keep up with so much! How do you do it?!
Hello Nicole, it’s crazy bananas isn’t it? So much stuff to do with so little time! I hope to see you on my list (I’ve got draft posts coming this week about email lists and how to schedule blogging stuff) and I don’t want you to miss it. I promise it will be helpful <3
Hi Nicole, just so you know, I’ve finished the post about building an email list! Here it is: http://beautyandcherries.com/create-email-list-blog/
#4 still tricks me sometimes… But I realised that no one is ready for anything so better just push myself!
Great blog post!
Have a lovely day!
Hello Valentina! Happy you find these tips helpful 🙂 I totally agree with you #4 is definitely the hardest and that requires real work but don’t worry I know you’ll get to a place where you don’t even bother to listen to the nasty voice that derails your progress <3