3 Steps to Create a Blogging Workflow that Works for You!

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This one’s a keeper folks and has been a significant strategy for me as I moved toward Full Time Blogging and ultimately a better writer.

Creating a process and workflow for your writing and blogging efforts has been critical for me because finding the patterns of success that I can replicate has made me more effective in every single aspect of blogging.

Remember, this is to just start you out as there is definitely more to building a workflow as it relates to actually writing, but we’ll get to that shortly!

So, how did I create mine? How should you create yours? Here’s how:

  1. Begin documenting the day’s experience with writing. Highs, lows, and everything in between.
  2. After a month of time (and a year’s time) I’d review these lists and find patterns that I can begin to capitalize on.
  3. Finding the patterns will help you decide on what to replicate every day!

What then do you do with this list? You execute on them! What’s nice is that you probably already know what some of those things are! You could probably list out a few of them right now!

Get that workflow!

Finally, remember that the environment in which you right might be one of the most important factors. Additionally here are a few things (my list is in the hundreds) that I’ve written down in my personal notes throughout the years:

  • Physical exercise? Yes? How long?
  • Time of day that I wake up?
  • Type of coffee I drink (cream? sugar?) and when?
  • Is it sunny outside? Yes? No?
  • Do I play music? Yes? What types and for how long?
  • How much money did I spend the previous day?
  • Did I got to the bathroom yet?
  • How about a cold shower?
  • Did my daughter eat her breakfast?
  • Did I talk to my dad recently?
  • And more…

You might laugh at a few of these but I took it very seriously and I now have refined my craft toward excellence! Not all of them were ultimately important but a few of them are.

So what’s stopping you? Get to it!

  • Michael

    Coffee has to be black and it has to be Pike Place. #justsaying

    • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

      Coffee, definitely. Pike Place? Not so much. Komodo Dragon is the bomb! ;-)

      • John Saddington

        i don’t like komodo either….!

    • John Saddington

      pike? ugh….. !

  • David Knapp

    How many posts was that? WOW!

    This is a good idea. On the days I am able to write some good posts I never really now how I did it.

    Thanks for the tip. :-)

    • John Saddington

      ;) that’s a normal day.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    Great idea! I’m definitely that guy who needs to wake up early and workout. The body kind of gets addicted to it after awhile.

    And coffee. Lots. of. Coffee.

    • John Saddington

      lots. please.

  • alvin weiss

    I’m glad that you mentioned your writing environment. I prefer Panera Bread with some positive energy and coffee and a “controlled amount of distractions.” Keeps my mind flowing.
    Today is a home office day with a sick child (Lucas) and watching Word World – nice positive distractions – but the distractions are “not as easy to ignore.”

    • John Saddington

      panera is a nice spot. decent wifi.

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    Up early for sure. Working out and then a good bold cup of coffee. I like Starbucks, raining outside, a comfortable chair in the corner.

    • John Saddington

      ahhhhhhhhhhh. a comfy chair!

  • http://about.me/jim_gray Jim Gray

    Hey John, some really good wisdom for blogging here. I remember reading a few years ago on ChurchCrunch an article you wrote about blogging on a schedule, which has been key for me.

    • John Saddington

      sure thing dude! hope things are well!

  • http://www.momlifetoday.com katie

    I think this is also an excellant exercise for helping to identify boundaries and for learning to create margins in your day ( something I struggle with…when you work from home you can always work…).

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing katie! i try to optimize my workflows for all things in life!