What Should I do first?
Oftentimes the roadblock to working more efficiently is knowing where to even start. Facing the behemoth of starting or running a blog, this question will often arise.
It rears its ugly little head when you’re tackling a new project or concept. Shoot, I ask myself this question every time I’m working on a new article.
It’s hard fighting through the confusion. How do you see any hope through the mess of options?
The quick answer
Just start, really. Do something. Get out there and do one thing.
The longer answer
Work more on the heart of your project and less on the technical details. Consider social media secondary to actually creating content. Designing your site can always be perfected and reworked in time. Focus on writing a blog post first.
Consider the ways you spend your creative talent. It’s suggested that you only have 6 hours of productive creative time EACH WEEK.
You have 6 hours to focus on the most important tasks of your week. As in, an hour a day. The other things can wait.
When working on your blog, think about your most important tasks. The things that are most mentally draining and require your best work. Do these things first.
Here’s a rough idea of what you should be focusing on first:
- Writing Posts
- Taking high quality photos
- Creating recipes
That’s what you should do first.
All the other details, such as social media, site designs, and building relationships will all be helpful, but they don’t matter if you’re not actually creating content.
Do those things first, let the other things follow.
Think about it. Let’s say you’re reaching out to other bloggers on social media. If they happen to click the link in your profile, what will they see?
If you’re trying to grow your blog, having a 2 month old post as your most recent entry isn’t going to impress anyone.
The Octopus Head
Forgive me if this is offensive to Octopuses (yes, I double checked that is the correct term), but here’s how I think great bloggers work smarter and produce great content.
The blog itself is the brain of the Octopus.
Everything else makes up the tentacles. Things such as a social media strategy, email strategy, interacting with other bloggers, etc. are little tentacles. Those tentacles flow from the center of your blog and ultimately all pour back into the brain of the beast.
So, focus on the “brain” first, then you can figure out the tentacles. Your tentacles are useless if they aren’t pouring back into something. (Side note: I’m not saying it must be pouring back into a blog. Many people have successfully setup cool things going just on social media platforms. For our purposes, however, we are trying to grow a blog).
What do you think you should do first?
How can you work smarter?
What’s the most important and valuable thing you could do today?
What’s the heart of what you’re trying to create?
DO THAT FIRST.
It’s usually the hardest part, but this is ultimately what will make your site grow.