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7 Ways Blogging Can Help Organize And Improve Yourself

7 Ways Blogging Can Help Organize And Improve Yourself

Okay, perhaps you haven’t noticed this but there’s too much information out there these days. I mean check out something online, anything, let’s just say ‘juniper’ and the info jumps out at you – juniper berries, a juniper shrub, firewall, certification, and a park. All you wanted was a bush, really, and the best way to plant it. Now you’re confused. There MUST be an effective way to organize yourself, your ideas and your goals; that or end up as a tangled mess.

Once upon a time people were encouraged to write journals to keep their thoughts in order. Children were presented with leather bound diaries by hopeful parents. Every night little girls would take their baths and sit up in bed in curlers, sharpened pencils in hand ready to write ‘Dear Diary… my mother taught me how to crochet a scarf today.’ But you can’t do that now, I mean you can crochet a scarf if you’re so inclined and you’ll find out how to do it online, all fifty-seven ways. But you don’t write diaries any more. It’s too nerdish and we’re a bit more social now. These are, you know, the days of Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and stuff like that. Just this morning I heard, they’ve come up with a toothbrush that is linked to a smart phone. Really, I’m not making this up. After 2.5 minutes of solid brushing, the brush goes and tells on you to your dental hygienist about your dental decay. So no, you don’t write a diary any more, you blog and let as many people as possible know that you have cavities; because they’re going to find out anyway and a host of other reasons. Blogging is the modern dear diary, the way you organize and improve in today’s world. And this is how you do it.

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    Decide.

    One fine morning you wake up and decide you want to do something… say you want to sell your grandmother. Think about it, make up your mind. Done? What do you do next?

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    Collect data.

    You get all the information you can on the subject. How old is she? Teeth all there? Knee/hip replacements? If she has titanium implants she’ll be worth more, and so on. As you find out this information you share it on your blog. How did you get it? Who did you speak to? Who else in the family is helping you sell her? Why do you hate your grandmother? You have an audience so share your information.

    Organize your data and your thoughts.

    You need to be very clear why you’re doing this, and how, and what you want at the end of the exercise. Writing it out will help. Write about the time you first realized how you felt. Write about how your feelings changed or did not change. Write about what you plan to do with the money. Keep your goals in sight. Keep your readers in the loop.

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    Improve yourself.

    There’s no point in doing things by halves. Catch yourself if you find yourself doing this. This is about self improvement. For example, you can’t sell your grandmother in several small installments. She may not last that long. It has to be fifty percent up front and fifty percent when the deal is signed. Be firm. Learn to control your emotions. Put this down, keep your audience informed.

    Track your progress.

    It’s a competitive market out there with other grandmothers for sale. You win some, you lose some, but you need to know either way. You blog it. You log it. You track it. Make sure your readers see that graph climb. And if the graph doesn’t grow, keep tabs on it as it goes down, and find out why it’s plunging. It’ll prevent you from making the same mistake twice. UN-fog yourself: Explain your thoughts to yourself and to your audience. Make it clear that you want to sell her, not keep her, lease her out, or loan her to a museum.

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    Know the market.

    Listen to what your readers say. Do they want her? Do they think your price is right? Should you offer two for the price of one?

    Blog.

    Keep a short, simple, informative, and interesting blog. Get an audience; keep your audience; and at the end of the day: hit your goals. ‘Bye Gran.

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    Last Updated on March 23, 2021

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

    The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

    You need more than time management. You need energy management

    1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

    How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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    I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

    I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

    2. Determine your “peak hours”

    Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

    Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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    My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

    In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

    Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

    3. Block those high-energy hours

    Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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    Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

    If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

    That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

    There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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    Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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