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I've talked before about how I plot out our posts here heading into each month. I've also shared my strategy for trying to keep up with the blogs I follow in my Google Reader by assigning them each to a day of the week folder. My blog writing and my blog reading gets scheduled to help me have time to enjoy the real world. I have found that when I leave tasks I floating around without a deadline in mind they never actually get done. If you are a fellow procrastinator this probably sounds very familiar.
Lots of us try to schedule time for writing posts or reading blogs. But how many of us schedule time for the blogging things behind the scenes? Things like design, learning technology issues or taking the time to implement them? I have seen lots of bloggers tackle many of these tasks each year during the January & June Bloggiestas and I think that is a great motivator. I bet your to do list for the next Bloggiesta would be a lot shorter if you just scheduled your own "Monthly Maintenance Day."
This is an idea I am toying with. Setting aside one block of time each month to focus entirely on those tasks that take a bit more time, concentration and motivation. Maybe 2 hours the last Saturday of each month would do the trick. I could use that time to listen to some online tutorials or troubleshoot design issues. I could use it to research ideas that I have or consult with other bloggers about joint ventures. I could organize my photos so they would be easier to find when I want to include them in posts. Or clean up broken links in archived posts. Whatever the project, having a set time to attack it would probably make me feel more productive and less overwhelmed with the gazillion things I keep putting off.
When I break things down into pieces and put them in slots, I breathe easier and actually find that I'm more interested in completing them. It doesn't mean that I always follow through, but having a plan of attack feels better than pushing everything into a closet that is eventually going to bust open.
Speaking of scheduling, our first Bumble Chat will take place here on Friday, 09/24 @ 8:30PM ET. Perhaps it will become a monthly recurrence as well! The topics will be how you write or read book reviews and how you add or drop blogs you follow. Let us know if you can join the discussion - suggestions for for future chat topics always welcome.