While “focus” is a relatively easy concept to comprehend, it is incredibly hard to concentrate 100% of your energy on just one thing at any given time. Keeping yourself focused while creating meaningful content on your blog is a fairly difficult task. Why? The Internet in itself is already lurking with temptations.

Just log on to Facebook and you might catch yourself bargaining for “5 more minutes” because you get distracted by playing games, liking posts, or chatting with friends. You also have to battle the many available distractions in your environment like undone household chores, the long roster of TV shows you want to catch up with, or even the dinner dates you have scheduled.

The importance of keeping focused while blogging cannot be overlooked. In addition to enhancing your productivity, focus also helps you put great importance to critical tasks such as updating your blog with timely content, investing in advertisement, and driving people to your site.

While it is easier said than done, we have not actually defined what it means to focus and how to keep focused. So, here are tips on how you can keep focused:

1.    Set SMART objectives for your blog.

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed. It is important that you write your objectives using this framework, so you can keep track of your milestones at any given time. Examples of SMART objectives include:

  • The blog should hit 500 views daily.
  • Each blog article should receive 20 responses after 2 days of posting.
  • The blog should be included in Alexa’s Top 100,000 websites within one month’s time.

Remember, the only way you can improve the results of your blog is when you set goals, meet your goals, and continually identify new goals based on prior success.

2.    Set boundaries.

A person can always find millions of reasons to procrastinate, and it takes a strong willpower to concentrate. Setting boundaries such as “I will not check Facebook until after I finish this blog article” is one of the simplest yet most effective ways you can motivate yourself and stay on task. These boundaries give room for distraction later while being productive now.

3.    Create daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plans.

Just like in every project, planning is key. Developing a blogging schedule with different timeframes in mind allows you to list tasks from the most urgent to the least urgent. It allows you to prioritize tasks according to the deadlines you have set.

It is relatively easy to say you will do something. It is also equally easy to forget about it. While these deadlines are ultimately flexible (you control them); in reality, you should do your best to meet the deadlines you establish. Don’t let yourself down.

Another mistake most people make regarding planning is allocating too much time for your set tasks. Make sure that when you are planning, you are setting a realistic timeframe and stick to your goals.  Allowing too much time to complete a task can kick you right back into procrastination mode.

At the end of the day, different people have different ways to keep themselves focused. It is up to you to find the best method that works for you.

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