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It’s been a long day, and there’s only one thing left to do on your to-do list: write a blog post. Oh, but you have a migraine. And you’re tired. And you’re unfocused. And your favorite TV show is on! Who could expect you to sit down and get a whole blog post out right now? Well, I expect that from you!
How do you write a blog post when you don’t feel like it? Here’s your recipe for success: You break the blog post down into an outline, you work in chunks of time with the pomodoro technique, and you add tools to your workflow that makes it easier. You can beat laziness easily with these steps!
Motivation Is Not Enough
If you truly want to succeed as a blogger, you can’t rely on motivation to see you through the dark days. Motivation will never be enough to get you through a migraine or a long day of watching your kids.
You need to have a habit, and you need to strengthen your willpower.
Creating a habit of blogging is as simple as creating a content calendar and sticking to it. In my Rocketbook, I have created two pages that I use to keep track of 2 months of content, and I never give myself permission to skip a day. Never.
It also helps if you can work ahead and write more than just what you’re publishing today. That’s something I love to do but really have a hard time keeping up with it sometimes. My goal for this month is to write more content than I’m putting out so that I can have a day off when I really need it without ruining my schedule.
As for building your willpower, this is something you can train by denying yourself what you want for a little bit longer each time. Delaying gratification is one of many ways to build your willpower. This blog post has more ideas to help.
When you combine a strong habit with stronger willpower, you will find that literally nothing can stop you from becoming a successful blogger. You’ll still have days where you just don’t feel like doing something, but you’ll be able to fight through that urge much more easily than you can now.
Break The Blog Post Down Into Chunks
This is probably one of the most common pieces of advice you’ll get when you’re asking people how they can be such prolific writers.
How do you become a prolific writer? You need to start with an outline. It can be as in-depth or as basic as you like, but you’ll never be able to write 3000+ words a day until you stop pantsing!
For this blog post, I wrote my introduction first and then I created all of the headers. Then, throughout the day I will write a section when I have time. It’s rare that I can sit down and write a whole blog post out at once in between cleaning my home and caring for my son.
But that time restriction doesn’t matter because all I need is 15 minutes here and there to write 300 words for a section.
When I’m writing a longer post that requires more research, I’ll do a more in-depth outline with headers, subheaders, and specific bits of information I want to include. That way I can get the basic form of my blog out in 15 minutes usually, and then writing the blog post itself is just filling in the blanks.
Use The Pomodoro Technique
This is another trick that will save you time and make you more productive. The pomodoro technique can be basically defined as taking 25 minutes to write, then taking a break.
How long that break is can only be decided by you. I like to write for 25 minutes and then take a break to watch a video, cook some food, do some cleaning, or read a book with my son. Those things generally take longer than the recommended 5 minute break, but they still perform the same basic purpose.
These breaks give your mind a moment to rest, but working in those chunks of 25 minutes gives you time to enter into flow. Flow is a state where the work just comes to you easily, the words flow from your hands. This is when you’ll do your best work.
Sometimes that flow lasts longer than 25 minutes, so go until your brain tells you that you need a break if you want to write for longer than 25 minutes.
Writing in these short chunks of time will make you a much more prolific blog writer!
Talk To Transformer
I bet no one has suggested this tool to you before when you asked them how to write even when you don’t want to!
If you’ve hit a writer’s block and just don’t know how to write your next blog post, try playing with an AI like Talk To Transformer. Throw in a sentence or two from your partially-written blog post, and see what TTT spits out.
Talk To Transformer is an extremely useful tool for writers because it can use AI to explore a topic in a way you wouldn’t have thought to.
In the text blow, the bolded part is what I gave to Talk To Transformer. The unbolded text is what TTT gave to me.
Using an AI to write your blog posts is still in its infancy, so don’t expect it to replace your copywriting services with aplomb. Instead, it is an interesting tool for honing in on what your audience wants from your content, in particular what they care about and want to read and share.
Can you see how this incredibly powerful tool might help you to write your blog posts? Play with it, and see what it can create for you!
Speech To Text
Gather together 100 bloggers and you’ll probably have 100 cases of carpal tunnel or another similar injury. Luckily, there is a tool that you can use to write even when your hands are inflamed and you don’t even want to type a text, much less a whole blog poster.
Speech to text tools have come a long way in the last few years, and if you buy a specialized tool like Dragon Naturally Speaking you’ll get faster writing with fewer errors.
The hidden benefit is that your blog posts will also be written in a more conversational tone than what you normally would do when typing. This is helpful with the new semantic search algorithm that is becoming more powerful in Google and on other search engines.
If you can’t buy Dragon right now, you can start with a built in speech to text program in either Android or iPhone. They’re good enough to start out with, though you will get more errors because they don’t try to learn how you speak the same way that Dragon does.
Learn how to use dictation software like a pro and write blog posts even when your hands aren’t free. My secret is that, with dictation software, I can even write while I’m cooking or out on a walk. I have to steal moments to write throughout the day, and dictation helps with that a lot.
When All Else Fails, Hire A Writer
Look, if you have the money, this solves your problem. There are a lot of very affordable options out there for writing blog posts. If the choice is between spending $30 for a blog post or skipping a day in your blog schedule… well, obviously you should choose your own priorities. But as I increase the amount of money I am making, I’m definitely going to be investing in ghost writers for my blog posts.
That little bit of money spent will eventually pay for itself if you work hard on your website, so it’s a worthwhile investment in your future.
Just make sure you don’t go with someone scammy, and always run their work through a plagiarism checker. You don’t want to be burned by a scam artist that will take your money and open you up to legal trouble!
Six Ways To Write A Blog Post Even When You Don’t Want To
Following the tips and using the tools above will help you to keep your blog running and make you a much more prolific writer. The best blogs around are those that are owned by people who are serious about their work and have a strong web presence.
When you’re feeling lazy, you need to stop relying on motivation and start relying on tangible tools to get you through the hardest part of being a blogger: actually writing the blog posts.
Don’t let laziness stop you from making a profitable income site. Get started now!