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Happy Monday. What did you do this weekend?
Perhaps you spent the weekend blogging. Almost half of bloggers do exactly that every weekend, according to Orbit Media’s recent blogger survey.
That still leaves about 60 percent of you who leave blogging to the work week, and that means the arrival of Monday brings with it a mad rush to do the hard work of content creation.
So, when the weekend is over, do you get a case of the Mondays when it comes to blogging? Then you need to use the weekend to make your Monday arrive a bit better, without sacrificing your weekend to work.
Monday arrives, for many of us, a groggy shock to the system. It’s difficult to remember where you left off on Friday, and the lag in the morning that is required to resume forward motion from Friday wastes a lot of time.
Mondays will never be productive if you wait until Monday to figure out what to do with the day and the week.
There’s a reason TV chefs have all of their ingredients measured out and in bowls, ready to dump into the pot when the time is right. You don’t want to be running around trying to find what you need, hoping you have enough, when the time crunch is on. The same can be said for your blogging.
Doing a bit of prep work is like packing the night before you leave on a trip. Packing the early morning of a flight is stressful. Packing the night before and having everything ready to go means you can hit the ground running the next day.
Do some prep so that when Monday arrives, you don’t spend the first hour or two trying to figure out what’s happening in blogging this week.
By making the most of your Friday—a day most of us are in a good mood—you can reduce the angst and workload of Mondays.
Unfortunately, according to productivity app Flow, most workers experience a slump on Friday when it comes to productivity. That means Mondays are forced to be the busiest days; they are compensating for Friday.
Do the heavy lifting during the week and finish it up by Friday. If your blog post involves interviews, follow-up questions, or heavy research, don’t leave it for Monday.
Make Monday as easy a day as possible.
By turning Monday into a highly productive day, you give yourself a boost for the rest of the week. Nothing feels as good as completing tasks. The right Friday can turn your Monday into a productive powerhouse that keeps you ahead of the curve all week.
Your weekends should not be filled with work, so it’s important not to turn Sunday into a full work day. However, in the evening, you can do a few minor things that prepare you for Monday without falling headlong into serious work.
A wisely used Friday and Sunday should leave Monday free and clear to simply write, write, write.
I’m wary to suggest even a modest review and prep time on Sunday, because it will encourage some bloggers to start working on the weekend. One of the interesting factoids in that Orbit Media survey is this statement:
8% of bloggers write all the time! They selected every option: before, during, and after work, as well as on nights and weekends.
If you blog all the time, with or without a regular schedule, you’re on your way to writer burnout. It’s very easy to take the mantra that if you are a writer, you “must be writing every day!” and turn that into an unhealthy habit of constant writing at any time and in any place.
Keep some of your time sacred, when you do not blog and you do not think about blogging.
Keep some places sacred, too. If you sit down to enjoy an hour or two of TV, don’t try multi-tasking (which doesn’t work). Write during the time and in the place where writing gets done. Take a pass on the burnout that comes from always being “on” when it comes to blogging.
There are things you can do that aren’t blogging that will help you when it comes time to blog:
Being rested and refreshed on not so inwardly focused on your blogging duties will help you be a better blogger. The narrower your focus is (i.e. you only think about blogging, and all the time), the more your field of vision is reduced. That’s going to hurt your writing.
The truth is that, in order to be a better Monday blogger, you need to be a more disciplined Friday blogger.
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