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5 WordPress Plugins for Increased Writing Productivity

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5 WordPress Plugins for Increased Writing Productivity

One of the biggest elements to being a successful blogger is increasing your overall productivity. This can be a challenge at the best of times, especially as you begin building a loyal readership and find your duties multiplying and expectations raising. It is just a lot of pressure, sometimes enough to feel entirely overwhelmed.

The great thing about WordPress as a blogging platform is that is makes it a little more easy. Mainly by providing features that simplify the process. Some that even cut entire steps out of what used to be a time-consuming effort.

My own WordPress is full of plugins, some that I use often and some only rarely. These are the five I use the most, and have seen the greatest improvement to my productivity as a consequence.

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased Blogging Productivity

1. Events Manager

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Events Manager

    This is probably the most thorough events manager I have found for WordPress, and I love it. There are a ton of widgets and features available, as well as a user submitted event capability that allows you to confirm all events submitted prior to blog admission. There is booking management, multi-day event registration, customizable details for each day, RSS feeds and SEO compatibility. Plus a ton more. If you want a simple way to organize events, this is the plugin for you.

    2. Blogging Checklist

    Blogging Checklist

      (Note: Even though WordPress will warn you the plugin hasn’t been updated for a while, it’s tested on the latest WordPress set-up and is proved to be working)

      I used to send out an email to all people writing for me with a list of things to be sure of before submitting a draft for publication. Some were great at following it until it became second nature. But many more would disregard it entirely, leading me to have to practically rewrite the post in order to get it publishable as per the blog’s guidelines.

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      I ended up getting this plugin, and it has helped a lot. You are able to create a standardized checklist that is fully customizable and embedded into your WordPress. So writers just check off each item as they write, or when they read over it before submitting. I now have no problems, and it has saved me a lot of time. One small con is that it is very old and has not been updated. However, I have had no problems with it running on newer WP versions.

      3. Guest Blogging Plugin

      Guest blogging is a great way to increase your blogging productivity because guest contributors can provide you with free content when you are away or too busy to blog. However the most frustrating part of the whole process is finding reliable guest posters. I like to have a guest post up once a week, and to try to find blogs for my own guest posts twice a month. This plugin is aimed at making the whole process much easier and faster!

      MyBlogGuest

        There is an article gallery full of posts people want to see up on different sites. You just make an offer to the writer, telling them when and where it will be published. If they agree, you put it up with their byline and wallah! You have free, high quality content with next to no fuss. The plugin streamlines the process even further by letting you search for posts from your WP dashboard, make offers, publish and even alert the writer without signing into your MBG account. Here’s the video overview that shows the whole process within 2 minutes of time.

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        4. Broken Link Checker

        Broken Link Checker

          The longer a blog is up, the more common broken links are going to be. That is just a general part of running a site, and it is very frustrating. Especially as you won’t always know what links are broken and which ones are fine. Going through one by one might be a usability test that has been necessary in the past, but it isn’t a relished one. Thankfully, there is this plugin. It checks for broken links on your behalf at regular intervals, then alerts you when it finds any that have to be fixed. You can configure it to your exact specifications, as well.

          5. WP Project Management Ultimate

          WP Project Managment Ultimate

            WP Project Management is the multi-purpose plugin that adds project management features to your WordPress backend. Use it to organize your post ideas, freelance tasks, writers, etc.

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            Creating a project, you can specify the time frame when the task should be completed as well as statuses and any reference numbers you have (for example, account number):

            Create a new project

              The plugin adds a new “Projects” section to the left-hand menu. There you can see your current projects and their status:

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                Do you have any plugins for WordPress that you feel have boosted your productivity? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tell us why you can’t live without it!

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                Last Updated on October 21, 2021

                How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

                Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                Program Your Own Algorithms

                Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                How to Form a Ritual

                I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                Ways to Use a Ritual

                Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                1. Waking Up

                Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                2. Web Usage

                How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                3. Reading

                How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                4. Friendliness

                Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                5. Working

                One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                6. Going to the gym

                If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                7. Exercise

                Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                8. Sleeping

                Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                8. Weekly Reviews

                The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                Final Thoughts

                We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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