*Insert cliche, ‘Wow, I can’t believe we’re already in March’ sentence here* But seriously, February has gone by but it doesn’t seem like winter has yet. The cold has come to haunt us, but then again, so has the sun so it kind of ways itself out.
Last month I wasn’t that great with my blog. I still produced content that I liked but I was mostly slacking in the promotion part of it. Mostly because I have to catch up on a couple of things and I hate continuing to do something when there’s still so much past work to be finished. So this Saturday I am planning on getting everything done that I’ve been leaving behind for another time so that I can finally get all my shit together. To make sure that I actually keep everything going just the way I want them to after that, I’ve set up some goals for the month of March.
Be better with my socials
Like I said, I’ve been slacking quite a bit with promoting on my socials. Engaging has been quite alright but I haven’t been promoting myself like I used to and my stats have really been taking a hit for it. I know statistics aren’t everything for a blog and I would still write this even if just my mum reads it, but since the glory that is social media exists, why not use it?
I want to come up with a plan to optimise the way I promote, and for that I need to pay for an app to schedule all the social media posts I want to go up during the week but I don’t know which ones best! I’ve been using buffer and I really like it but I can only pay for premium with a credit card and I don’t have one. Seriously though, why would they do that? So if you have any recommendations for any apps/websites that lets me schedule indefinite social media posts, recommendations would be much appreciated!
Find a routine
If you didn’t know already, I am a morning person (find out how to become one here). So recently I found that I actually also work pretty well in the morning. Might seem weird that I hadn’t found that out before but oh well, here we are. Last week I got up and almost immediately started working on my blog and I got so much done in the morning. Handling everything I have to do for uni and my blog can be hard sometimes so I want to find a routine that works best for me. In the next month I’m going to be trying out some different options and see in which one I work most productively.
I have also found that if I work in the same place all the time (ie my bedroom) I get bored of it very quickly and lose motivation. So one thing to do is discover all the other places I could study/work on my blog, could be as simple as switching rooms in my house (I’m writing this in the living room right now) or maybe going to the library or even trying out a coffee shop in the city if I have to do something that doesn’t require complete silence.
Have a daily plan
This kind of goes hand in hand with the previous point, but I want to have a plan for each day. I normally have a to-do list I have to tackle but I don’t usually prioritise anything. I usually just start with whatever I feel like and continue from there. Even though this may work for some people this has caused some afternoons where I couldn’t do anything else but just sit in front of the TV because nothing was working for me anymore. I know I work best in the mornings so I should do the hardest things then and leave the easier things for the afternoon. Again, this all connects with finding a routine and then when I’ve found one – and in the process of finding one – making a plan everyday to stick to it.
Don’t slack on the little things
February has been the month of lack of motivation for me. Often I didn’t feel like doing something so I just left it till the very end or didn’t do it all together. It’s really annoying especially combined with being in a bit of a blogging rut so, like I said, my blog has really been taking a toll. Partly this is also to do with me not paying enough attention to the small things that need to be done. “Oh yeah I forgot I’ll do that tomorrow” or “nah, that’s not really important right now” are two sentences I’ve said way too many times this month and that needs to stop.
No more slacking and doing things half-heartedly. The little things can be just as important as the big ones and I need to appreciate that. From now on I am also going to be putting my energy in the things that might seem unimportant – but which definitely aren’t – just because they are not as huge as turning in that midterm tomorrow.