One of the perks of being a nomadic pet blogger is that you can dictate where, how and when you write. However, therein lies the problem—coffee breaks can last for hours, tasks get put off until “tomorrow,” and nothing gets done.
So, before you bundle your cat/dog/fish into the car, hook up the trailer and take off, read over these five tried and tested productivity hacks for nomadic pet bloggers.
Work with Your Concentration Span
There comes a point when your brain just won’t ‘play ball’ anymore. Pushing past this point will not only result in poor-quality work, but you will probably take twice as long to produce it.
Next time you sit down to write, instead of planning to be at the computer for four hours straight, try breaking your work up into smaller, bite-sized chunks. One way to do this, known as the Pomorodo technique, has been covered in one of our previous BlogPaws blogs. In a nutshell, it involves taking five minute breaks every 25 minutes.
Plan Out Your Tasks For the Week
At the end of your working week, take a few minutes to plan out the next. Take into consideration deadlines, meetings, and other tasks you need to accomplish in order to get your posts ready to publish.
Using some kind of organizational tool will also help. You could take a traditional approach such as a paper diary, or you could use an app, like Trello, to keep track of your work.
Find a Creative Space
If you’re on the road, your space may be limited, or constantly changing. So I’m not talking about commissioning a designer studio. But it definitely helps if you have a designated spot that is not only comfortable, but also ensures you have “gone to work” mentally. A local park, cafe or shared workspace may be the ideal spot for you.
Have a WiFi Contingency Plan
Dodgy internet will affect the speed at which you can work, and will jeopardize your ability to submit or publish on time. If WiFi is sketchy where you happen to be, save yourself a huge headache, and devise a plan B.
If you are based in a city, you may be able to find a shared workspace. Alternatively, find a nearby cafe that offers free WiFi (and great coffee), or have an emergency stash of mobile data on your phone, just in case there is a drop out right when you need to submit.
Schedule In Down Time
Don’t forget the reason you embarked on your pet blogging journey! If you don’t pencil in some time out to relax with your friends, human or animal, your writing will become a drag, and you will be less productive.
The beauty of blogging is that you can create a schedule that is just right for you. You might like to work shorter days and take afternoons off. Or you might prefer to schedule in a day or two each week when you promise not to touch your laptop. Others prefer to plan for a longer break each year.
Do you have any productivity tips you would like to share? Be sure to comment below. And if you found this article helpful, please share!
Penny writes with the aim of educating and empowering pet parents to make decisions that benefit both their own health, and that of their four legged family members. Penny has a career background in mental health and aged care. Throughout her career she has seen first hand that a healthy relationship between humans and animals can hold great benefits for both parties. She hopes she can foster such healthy bonds through her writing. You can check out more of Penny’s work, or contact her by visiting her at www.healthfulcontent.blogspot.com.