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Do you get too busy to blog?
You try to blog regularly – but sometimes you are just too busy and too tired and too “braindead” to blog.
I know what that’s like.
I live in Australia and regularly travel to work In Singapore.
I work hard helping running writing workshops or helping solve specific communication challenges.
Well, it’s mentally draining anyway!
At the end of the day when I return to my hotel room I am too tired to blog. All I want to do is sleep.
On a trip to Singapore a few weeks ago I was too tired and busy to blog. I posted nothing during that week.
I’m in Singapore again as I write this – but this trip I vowed to blog even if I was tired and very busy.
Here’s what I did to make sure I produced blogs this trip. Here’s what you can do too!
1. Make a goal to blog and develop a “strategy” to blog.
2. Get your ideas when you are not tired.
Often the hardest part is getting a good idea to blog about. When you are tired – it’s hard to come up with a good idea – unless that idea is how to blog when you are too tired to come up with ideas! 🙂
This trip I made sure I came up with ideas when I was not too tired – usually in the morning BEFORE I started my day’s work.
Instead of the ideas languishing in some notebook, the ideas were already in my WordPress – for me to add to bit by bit when I was less tired.
4. Write when you are NOT so tired or busy – even in short bursts of writing.
I’d write small parts of a blog in he morning – even it was just a couple of paragraphs in between all my other work commitments.
I borrowed from Hemingway’s timing technique – he’d write in the mornings when he was freshest – and edit in the afternoons.
I’m a big fan of Hemingway’s writing style – and his discipline.
5. Capture your ideas – if you are too tired to write down initial ideas – use your smart phone to record your thoughts OR take photos to spark ideas for future blogs.
These photos will remind me to write a post about business names.
6. Reward yourself. I break down writing into smaller achievable chunks – and have a reward even after a small writing session.
Right now – it is evening in Singapore. I’m tired after a demanding day’s work – but I’m putting in a short session to review and send this post. It’s not hard to just check and tidy up – rather than having to write!
Then I’m going for a nice reward of eating out.
And if (make that when) I get some more ideas for future posts – I’ll capture the ideas with photos or recording memos on my smart phone.
I know lots of my blogging friends tell me that they are often too tired to blog.
I’m confident that if they follow my above strategy – they too will be able to still blog even when hey are too busy and too tired.
Anyway, better go – and enjoy my reward!
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