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The Ultimate Blogging Planner Daily Checklist
Do you ever sit down to work on your blog and wonder what the heck you should be working on next? Trust me, we've all been there!
I have both ADD and a toddler at home, which if you couldn't guess is a great combination for being productive and efficient.
So if you are struggling right now with always knowing what to work on and getting everything done in a timely manner, don't worry too much.
You aren't alone, and there are some systems you can implement to help keep yourself focused in our highly unfocused world.
First, I highly recommend downloading my Profitable Blogging Blueprint. This is a clickable checklist with a complete list of every task you need to complete to build a thriving and profitable blog.
And even better, the tasks are listed in the correct order so you never need to wonder what you should be doing next.
In the meantime, the blogging planner daily checklist below will help you get the most important things done each day during your work time.
Want to know what these daily blog tasks are?
Let's jump in.
1. Review Your Blogging Vision
This one is so simple, and it shouldn't take you more than 30 seconds. I like to start off each work day by reviewing my vision for my blog and business so everything I do after that helps build that vision.
Right now I keep my vision written down in my Evernote app. All I have to do is open the app, reread my vision and reflect upon it for a moment, and then I am ready to get to work with my brain in the right place!
I know this tip certainly falls more into the mindset category than anything else, but I really do recommend you do it if you often feel a little fuzzy on your goals and the direction your blog is going.
2. Work On New Content
Please don't mistake working on new content to mean that you should be posting a new blog post every day. That is so far from the truth!
What I mean by this is that each day you sit down to work, you should be working on producing some new content. That could be writing, editing, filming, taking photos, or anything along those lines where you are getting new content ready to go out later in the week.
Many, many successful bloggers and business owners recommend that 80%-90% of your time is spent on creating for your business, and only 10% to 20% is spent on researching and learning.
As someone who in the past has struggled with spending way too much time reading than implementing, I can totally agree with this. Creation and implementation will get you so much further with any business than learning and absorbing information.
It's certainly best practice to schedule your creation time when you tend to be most productive. For me, that is the start of my work session, typically in the mornings.
So while I might save things like editing and responding to emails for the end of the day when my brain is more tired, I try to write my posts and emails first thing when my brain is fresh so I can get out the best content possible in the least amount of time.
3. Post To Social Media Each Day
Social media is one of those things where you really need to be posting daily to reap the most traffic from them. Fortunately, there are a ton of schedulers out there that are perfect for bloggers who want to drip content out on a regular basis without actually having to be at the computer to do it.
I highly recommend schedulers, and I use them myself! They will save you so much time, allow you to create social media content in bulk, and you’ll find that you can actually take a vacation or a weekend off when you have a scheduler to send updates out for you!
My favorite scheduler of all time is Tailwind. Tailwind works directly with Pinterest and automatically sends your pins out for you to help keep your feed fresh and get as many readers clicking through to your blog as possible.
As of right now, about 90% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest, so this is a big deal for me.
Of course, there are other schedulers that work with different social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
4. Share One of Your Posts Daily
One thing I wish I had learned earlier in my blogging career is that sharing your work is more important than creating new content. Are you surprised? I certainly was.
A number of smart bloggers have been sharing the idea that you should spend around 80% of your effort on promoting your blog posts and only 20% on actually creating new ones. I couldn't agree more!
Writing a fantastic new blog post doesn't help you much if no one is able to find it in the end. It's simply a much better use of our time to share a single blog post as many times as possible in as many different ways as possible, before moving on to creating another post.
This is why I love repurposing my content. You can read all about how I repurpose my blog posts here and I hope it inspires you to use more of the work you've already completed!
There are so many people out there who can't wait to read or watch what you've created, and it's your responsibility to get it to them. Whether they are on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, if you can reach them on these different platforms your traffic will grow and grow.
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5. Respond To Comments and Emails
My last task of the day is responding to comments and emails. This is honestly one of the most fun parts of my job! I love hearing from my readers, understanding their ideas, and dreaming up new ways to help them on their journey.
Because this is the fun part, and it's easier on my brain, I like to save it for last.
That being said, responding to your comments and emails is still super important! People want to know that they will hear back from you, and that you are a real person behind the blog.
I think we've all visited blogs before where there are a ton of comments and its clear that the author rarely responds. Or maybe you've sent an email to your favorite blogger, and you never heard back.
It's just not a great feeling, and I think that one of the best ways to connect with your readers is to consistently respond to them as soon as you can.
Of course, we all get super busy. I'll be the first to admit that it often takes me several days to respond to some of my emails. I get a lot of them!
But, you can bet that I'm going to take the time to read all of them and to respond to 95% of them. It's just good business, and you might find that you enjoy it.
Having a daily checklist to follow when you sit down to work each day if so important! It will help you stay focused, get your most important work done first, and help you feel like your business is really moving forward. Because it is!
Here are the five things I do at every work session to keep my business growing and thriving:
- Review my blog vision
- Work on new content
- Post to social media
- Share one of my posts
- Respond to comments and email
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Question: What is your non-negotiable work task that you do every single work day? How has this impacted your blog so far?
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