As you're probably aware from my posts [or lack of], I've been inactive on my blog for a while now due to personal reasons. I'm a strong believer that focussing on you should always be a priority and sometimes taking a break until you feel ready again is more than ok. I wanted to share a few tips that I've learnt along the way for getting back into a routine and being productive after a few months away.
PLANNING IS KEY
Getting those notepads back out and planning everything needed for your next post is a great way to stay on top of things. I tend to split my notes section into two; one being for content ideas and the other for planning which props are going to be used for the accompanying photos. It's important not to give your brain an overload of information at this stage, so make sure you don't stress yourself out too much by giving yourself a long and unrealistic to-do list. It's best to take things slowly and go in with a fresh, clear mind.
TAKE PHOTOS IN BULK
One of my most recommended tips once you have a rough idea of your upcoming posts, is to find a couple of hours to take photos in bulk. On most weekends I'll wake up early when the natural lighting is at its best and spend some time photographing for the next 2-3 posts. Not only does this keep my photos looking more consistent due to the lighting and set up, but it saves me faffing around and panicking when there's a sudden [and very rare] 10 minutes of good lighting on the winter afternoons. In this time I'll also plan my Instagram content and add the photos I want to upload during the week into their very own folder on my iPhone.
START YOUR DAY EARLY
I've found that nine times out of ten, starting the day early results in a much more productive one. It's an amazing feeling knowing that everything is done by midday and you can spend the rest of the day switching off from certain commitments. The first thing I'll do when I wake up is go downstairs and make myself a cup of tea to get the day started and then I'll make a start on my blog posts. Being up early also means there are less distractions as not as many people are online and you can focus primarily on your blog content.
DON'T COMPARE YOUrSELF TO OTHERS
This is possibly one of the worst things you could do after a break, but something I'll admit I'm guilty of. Comparing your blog or content to those at the level you aspire to be will only make you feel negative and your motivation levels will drop. This will result in that feeling of 'my blog will be as good so there's no point in trying' and you'll just keep putting it off for even longer. Use this time as a fresh start for building your blog back up to a place which makes you feel satisfied and will prevent those thoughts from occurring.
Do you have any tips for being more productive after a few months off?