How to Increase Your Blogging Productivity by 500%

Blogging is simple, really simple If It’s done correctly!

It may seem complex when you first begin, but trust me, it is simple.

However, this doesn’t mean that it’s easy.

If you can increase your productivity as a blogger, then you will make everything seem simple to you while you blog.

This also helps you to shortcut your way to success. But the key is to increase your blogging productivity.

There are many other posts out there which share some productivity tips, but most of them are basic tips and don’t increase productivity.

So, I came today with the tips which are working for me.

Blogging Productivity

These tips actually help me as a student to study and bring good marks + having a successful blogging career, and this is what everyone hopes to have.

Before we go on, let’s start with a few benefits of increasing your blogging productivity. It helps in:

  1. Making your life easier as a blogger
  2. Reaching your goals
  3. Being more productive blogger
  4. Converting first time visitors into returning readers
  5. Getting your blog on the right track
  6. And more…

Let’s make a deal before we start:

Promise me you’ll pay attention to this post, read it more than once, apply the tips, and then tell us about your story with these tips in the comments.

I promise you to make these tips as simple as possible, and easy to use. The most important thing is that I promise to share tips that work.

Note: many of the tips are general productivity tips, so check the post even if you aren’t a blogger. Let’s begin!

1. Always ask questions to increase your productivity.

What are the questions that increase productivity?

Who would I ask these questions?

You will ask yourself.

Yes, you will ask yourself.

But what will I ask, and how this will increase my productivity?

Ask yourself the following questions:

1- Why are you doing this?

2- What distracts you from doing this and from being successful?

3- What helps you to reach your success?

4- Will this help me succeed?

5- Is there something more important than this to do?

And so on.

Always ask.

Now, when you come to do anything on the Internet, ask yourself the above questions.

If it helps you to be successful, then go with it.

If not, then leave it now and look for other things that may work.

Exercise: Always ask yourself these questions. Track what helps and what doesn’t help. Write them down on a piece of paper and put this paper beside your laptop.

You must know that 5% of the work brings 95% of the results. Focus on what works, and you will succeed in your blogging career.

Always remember this 95-5 rule.

2. Love what you do.

Yes, love your blog, love your topic.

Be happy when you’re blogging.

And yeah, make your readers love your blog too. Here’s the post on 10 ways to make your readers love your blog that I REALLY love here on Ehsan’s blog.

This can be the most important tip to increase your productivity as a blogger.

When you love what you do, you will do your best in it.

That’s the secret why most of the people say: that you need to be passionate about your topic.

If you don’t like your topic, it would be better to have a different topic.

This is another secret to increase your productivity as a blogger.

3. Set your goal.

We came now to the most important tip.

When you start blogging, always set goals that you want to achieve through your blogging career.

Set monthly and yearly goals, and then set your main goal that you want to achieve in your career.

Always remember your goals, and make them the thing that really motivates you.

Also make sure that you set short and easy to achieve goals that can be achieved in short time, and ones you achieve them, start to increase them and double the numbers for your next step.

4. Plan your life in a way that helps you to achieve your goal.

After you set your goals, plan your life in a way that helps you to achieve them.

With the help of the questions you asked above and the goals you set, put together a clear plan.

Building a plan makes it easier for you to reach your goal. As mentioned in my guide to planning a blog, Planning is a road map that helps and shows the right path to follow.

5. Set a timer.

This is key: when you are planning, set a timer for everything you do.

This way, you will do the best to finish what you are doing in the fastest time possible.

Make this a habit from now and forever.

You won’t believe how well you’ll work to deadline when you set a timer because you know that you’ve only got a few hours, or minutes to complete the task. It’s REALLY surprising how much you can get done in less time by setting a timer, or alarm.

Also have a set of times for how long you’ll spend of writing content on your blog, how long you’ll spend on Facebook, Twitter, answering emails and responding to emails. Set a timer and stick with it.

Also make plans before everything you do as a blogger. Make blog posts plan, and make blog plan before even launching.

6. Try to break what you need to do into simple small things, and group similar tasks.

Break big things into smaller things to increase your productivity as a blogger.

After you break things down, try to do similar tasks at the same time.

You can check this example about writing your posts to understand what I mean:

When you think about writing a post, try to break down what you do in simple steps.

First, think about the idea of the post.  It would be better to think about more than one idea at the same time.

After you have ideas for your next posts, start to outline your posts.

When you come to write, don’t think about anything else; just write and write.

If you finish a post, write the next one, and so on.

After you finish writing some posts, you can take some break and leave them for a day.

After that, edit the posts. And WOW, you are done!

When you do this, you are trying to apply the focus rule that Leo Babauta is always taking about.

It seems complex, but try it.

You will finish 5 posts in the time that you finish 2 posts only!!

Yes, Leo, thanks for this amazing tip!

7. Have a team that will help you.

When you have a team, you can shortcut your way to success.

You and your team can finish lots of things that may take you a long time.

Everyone knows what he does best.

This is also a tip to focus.

You focus on what you do, and they focus on what they do, so you and your team finish things faster.

BUT–and this is important–make sure that you partner with the right people.

Last words:

There are lots of tips to increase your productivity, but these 7 tips are the key ones.

The most important thing to remember is to FOCUS on what you do.

Also, don’t forget to take action!

Nothing will happen if you only read the post and don’t do anything after that.

Remember your promise?

Now read the post ones more, and than start taking action by applying the tips and strategies.

I also highly recommend you read Ehsan’s post on 5 powerful methods of being more productive blogger.

Note from Ehsan: I hope you’ve found the tips easy and simple to work on that actually works to increase your blogging productivity by 500%, like It worked for Ahmed.

To the comments, I want you to let me know about your story of how do you increase your blogging productivity, and did you find the above tips useful?

If you have any question related to blogging productivity, post a comment below. I and Ahmed will be here to answer your question.

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159 Awesome Responses to “How to Increase Your Blogging Productivity by 500%”

  1. July 26, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    The thing that really works for me is to write a whole heap of posts at once. I get myself into a writing mood, and I write write write. It also helps if I have planned the posts out – I usually have three or so dot points for each post. If I have the dot points I can usually write the posts fairly easily. Quickly, no. I take ages to write my posts :P

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

      Hey Carlie, Good to see ya here.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
      And how do you get yourself into writing mood?

  2. July 24, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    In my opinion, Desktop Blogging tools free you from other distractions and increase the productivity multiple times.

  3. July 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    good purpose regarding feeling your topic. you’ve got to be passionate regarding hooked in to enthusiastic about keen about captivated with obsessed

  4. July 9, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    “Philosophy of blogging”,It really works.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      How does it work Bansal?

      • July 10, 2013 at 6:44 am #

        @Ehsan, First of all thanks to ask me this question.

        When I see the title of this article “How to Increase Your Blogging Productivity by 500%”, I thought may be this article may describe some plugins or tech techniques which may help me to be better blogger but in actual In this post I found some philosophical ideas, which are not compulsory to be followed but when I think its implementation benefits, It always works.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

          Good to see ya back Bansal.

          You ad I should be thankful to Ahmed, because of sharing his experience on what worked for him to increase productivity. I think the philosophical ideas and tips works on everything, not only in blogging, doesn’t it?

  5. Apollo
    July 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I would also recommend the 80-20 rule where you cut 80% of your workload which is not driving results and you focus your energy on the 20 % that does.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      You seem to be a productivity junkie, Apollo?

  6. June 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Ahmed,
    I sincerely do concur with what you said. Everyone ought to have a goal not just in blogging.
    Thanks for this wonderful piece.

  7. Cesar Howell
    June 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I think what you can do is identify the trending topics and write about them. Also a question–answer session serves as a helping hand in increasing the productivity of the blog.

    • June 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks for this tip Cesar.

  8. Lavindra
    June 25, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    All the guidelines mentioned here square measure really expert particularly the one amongst goal setting. Once you set accomplishable goals for yourself then

    • June 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Your goal is what motivates you to continue blogging.

  9. June 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I agree with you. Always love what you do. Passion is very important in blogging. When you wrote your blog with passion, your audience/readers will see it. :)And by the way, great post!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      Your comment remind me of a quote “Follow your passion, success will follow you”.

      Thanks Krishka, hope to see ya around.

    • June 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Thanks Krishka for your comment.

  10. June 22, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Excellent post; but my point of view about increasing your blogging productivity is quite different. I think
    1) You are not evenly productive during 24 hours then find the time when you are more productive; this time is different FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND FOR DIFFERENT WORK
    2) Your level of productivity directly depends upon your interest level in your field; therefore, accurately identity in which work your interest level is highest
    3) You cannot pull up your productivity to raise it nor never ever you can raise your productivity upto 500% yes if you do regular practice after finding out above two points you can increase your productivity a little bit higher and that will make wonders in your peformance
    4) Fourth and last one is THERE IS BIG BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY so never ever mix up them; former means work smartly and hugely while latter means work smartly and uniquely both have different levels of appeal
    Last but not the least is that Ehsan you are awesomely prodcutive and creative; Allah bless you

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      Great points here Mi.

      Thanks a lot for this useful comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Hey Muba, long time no see. Good to have you back!

      Thanks for sharing the awesome points in your comment.

      Really? I do work smartly, and uniquely, maybe that’s why you think so, right?

      Hope to see ya back, Muba.

  11. Stacey
    June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Thank you for this one! Bloggers worldwide should read as it will help them bigtime. I recommend and will recommend this to my blogger friends nad blogging community.

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      I’m glad that you liked it Stacey.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Appreciate it Stacey, Glad you found this post worth recommending to your friends.

  12. June 21, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Ahmed Safwan ,

    Thanks for sharing the effective tips here. I think you have mentioned everything which can help to be more productive. Planning , scheduling ,stratergies, timing these are things are very important because they makes you help in doing many things in less time.

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      I tried to make it as useful as I can. I’m glad that you liked it.

  13. June 21, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    This is very helpful. Sometimes I don’t know or I do not have any idea what to blog and I feel I don’t produce good reading materials. Thank you for sharing this!

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      I’m glad that you liked it Kristine.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      No Kristine, that isn’t because you don’t produce good reading materials, but because you don’t know where you’re going and what you’re doing. You need to have a clear direction, and a plan.

  14. June 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Ahmed and Ehsan,

    Great post on an important issue I think we all struggle with. I do use a timer, mainly to control the amount of time I spend sitting at my computer without a break, because I’ve had neck problems, and it does also help to keep me focused on the task in hand.

    I think focus is one of the key things when it comes to productivity – distraction is one of the biggest dangers for bloggers – all those emails, social media messages, shiny objects, webinars, training courses, free gifts – it can be very difficult to stay on track. In fact, finding the right track in the first place can be an issue – there are so many different routes you can take as a blogger, particularly when it comes to figuring out how to make money from your blog, if that’s what you intend to do.

    I must admit I started my blog without a sufficiently clear idea about exactly what I was going to do with it, then reached the stage where I felt trapped on a bit of a treadmill that was consuming a lot of my time and energy but not really getting me anywhere. I’m currently ‘reviewing the situation’, as Fagin would say. Clarity of purpose, and enjoying what you do are both absolutely crucial – if you love what you do and know where you’re heading, a lot of other stuff will fall into place.


    • June 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      I don’t know what to say more Sue. Your comment is really awesome.

      Thanks a ton.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Hey Sue, So good to have ya here sharing your experience and thoughts regarding blogging productivity.

      I can’t really focus on what I’m saying in my reply to your comment right now, because of all other browsers I opened that are distracting me.

      You’ve a similar story to mine, Sue. I hadn’t any plane or clear idea what what I was going to do, but later I changed my direction.

      Thanks for the awesome comment, keep ‘em coming.

  15. Roderick Torres
    June 20, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I agree with you that setting a goal is really important for the productivity. The strategies that you have mentioned in your post are really very nice and I will definitely be following them. Thanks for your help, Ehsan,

    • June 20, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      I’m glad that you liked it. The most impotant thing is to take action.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Hey Roderick, nice to have ya here. Glad you enjoyed the article.

  16. June 20, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I will surely try on these strategies Ehsan. These are very simple yet we tend to take for granted of these basics.

    • June 20, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Try them and then tell us the results. We will be glad to share them here.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      Hope you get good result after implementing the strategies at Income Therapy.

      Thanks for droppin’ in.

  17. June 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Hey Ehsan, another classic post.

    Setting a simple manual or automatic timer is one of the most valuable lessons for a blogger. Do you use one?

    I’m really loving the list posts here, so helpful!

    • June 20, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the post. Wait for our upcoming ones, you’re going to love them more.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Yep Greg, but not for everything.

      I set a timer only when I’m writing a post, and for other things like promotion etc, I know how much time I have for em.

      Stick around, Greg. There’s more in the draft ;)

  18. June 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    I agree with you 100% that setting a goal is key when it comes to productivity. With a goal you have something to work towards, something to focus on obtaining, and something to put your effort into. Without setting that goal you will quickly find yourself working without reason and will in turn lose productivity because you wont know which direction you are supposed to go in. Also, those 5 questions are clutch when it comes to getting yourself focused and getting rid of the distractions around you in order to begin taking steps forward towards that goal. Great examples and all around great post!

    • June 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Lisa. Thanks for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      Hey Lisa, by setting some realistic short term goals, people will get a reason and something to work towards, that’s why It’s so important.

      Great comment! Keep on coming ‘em.

  19. mansi kaul
    June 18, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Hello Dear

    i am totally appreciate with your post and really blogging is simple and most important think is planning really planning is must and focus your goal, in fact your all points are great so thanks for sharing me

    • June 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Mansi. Thanks for your comment.

  20. June 18, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Great Post, specifically tailored for me. Internet stands in between me and my goal, I use desktop blogging tools to go away from distractions.

    • June 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Great tip Gautham. Thanks for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      What tools are you talking about Gautham?

  21. June 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi I am honor of i have also take some good experience from your blog.
    Thanks I hope i have more knowledge about make money and other things. I appreciate this to visit my blog

    • June 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      I’ll try to post about these things in the future Solangi. Thanks for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Welcome to my blog Solangi, what do you teach people at Teach Only?

  22. June 17, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Simply Wow… Thanks for share it.

    • June 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      You’re welcomed Ummi. Thanks for your comment.

  23. June 17, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Very good post.. this will defiantly help me to increase my blogging level.
    Thank you so much.

    • June 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      You’re welcomed Anil. Thanks for your comment.

  24. June 17, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Wow I thought that 500% was incredible. Actually I agree with you about the plan. The

    better your plan is the more successful you get. Very informative article! Thank you for

    sharing with us

    • June 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Kuler.

  25. June 16, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Its simple as that. Love what you do! Thats it. Blog what you want to share to the world. Be the authority in what you are blogging. Once you gained the trust from your readers, then you dont have to look back. Yes trust me. :)

    • Alfi
      June 16, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Content is still king guys! Dont go the conventional ways. Forget about link building and write awesome contents. :)

      • June 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

        Actually, I don’t agree. With all the content outthere it’s not enough. Design is the king nowadays and then content is the queen.

        Check this post to know more,

    • June 16, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      It’s all about authority.

      This is what CB trying to teach nowadays. With authority you can get more sales, more clients and increase your prices.

      So make the most important thing for you now is building a blog that builds your authority.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Awesome points Alfi,

      1. You really have to blog about the topic you love, you’re interested and experienced in.
      Relevant – Do You Blog About the Topic Which You Love?

      2. Blogging is all about gaining the trust of your readers (I think so). If you want to convert casual readers into loyal readers, you need to imbibe trust in them.
      Relevant – 5 Ways to Gain The Trust of Your Readers

  26. June 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Agree with the first line. Blogging is really easy if it’s done correctly. Setting goals really helps in increasing productivity. Great Post

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Hey Rudraksh, always great to have ya here.

      Keep on commenting :)

    • June 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Yeah. This is the key behind my upcoming blog.

      Thanks for your comment.

  27. June 15, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Glad to see a new post on GuideandNews almost after a month. Ahmed, you have shared some awesome tips here to improve the productivity. Really the post worth to read more than once.
    Time management and Goal set up are very important to be more productive.
    Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the tips Tarun. Thanks for your comment

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Glad to see ya here almost after 3 months. Was busy with other activities, I’ll start updating the blog regularly soon.

      Thanks for your comment Tarun, stay around.

  28. June 15, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Time schedule and targeting goal is very important in any filed nice..everything is awesoeme

    • June 15, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks for your comment Mohammad.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      Hey Mohammad, aka high tech blogger?

  29. June 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Very interesting tips…I regularly visit my brother Ehsan’s blog and this time when I was going through it from my mobile found this post…Ahmed Safwan blogging is different from job and definitely one needs to focus more…I love these tips by you and will follow them to increase my blogging productivity….

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      Follow them and then tell me the results Mohit.

      Hope to hear from you soon ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Hey Mohit, thanks for being a regular visitor.

  30. June 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Ahmed and thanks to Ehsan for having you share these awesome tips with us.

    I so admire people who have a blog and in my eyes are having success with it all while they also have either a full-time job or like you, are a student. I don’t know if I’d be able to do this because when I came online I was sort of forced to find someway of making a living. It wasn’t until about four years into this that I actually learned to love it.

    The reason I did finally come to that conclusion is that I took a course at the end of 2010 that actually gave me the steps that I “should” be doing in order to get myself in front of the right people. Up until that time I wasn’t learning from those who truly had my best interests at heart.

    Blogging is easy, it truly is, when you’re taking the right productive steps. It’s also not that time consuming in the grand scheme of things although these things do take time.

    When I see people chatting on Facebook I often times wonder what the heck are they doing? We need to make those connections I agree but for goodness sakes, if that’s not helping you move in the direction you need to go then you need to think about this again.

    I appreciate you once again sharing this with us all because I know this is a huge lesson most bloggers still need to learn.

    Hope you both have a very enjoyable weekend and thanks again.


    • June 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      You really summed up the idea of why I’m planning to launch To Start Blogging.

      I want to share with people how to build a blog that builds business in a simple way.

      Blogging is all about knowing what works and then doing a lot of it.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Adrienne.

      I really appreciate it.

  31. June 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    These are all very interesting tips. Ahmad safwan you did a great job to write this descriptive post we love and like your words.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Hey Hafeez, as promised in email. I’ll be active for chat.

      Are you working on the above tips? Does the 95/5 rules exercise sound strange to you?

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Hafeez. Thanks for your comment.

  32. June 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Nice Tips and Ahmed Safwan’s posts are always worth reading.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Glad my newsletter email convinced you to stop by, Wali.

      Yours are too Wali. Still waiting for the followup post If you remember?

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks Wali for your awesome words. I’m glad that you liked it.

  33. June 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey Ahmed,

    These tips work quite well because I follow them myself. I think the most important one is just loving what you do and write about. I have slipped a couple of times in really loving the topics I write about and I know some of my readers notice it. But for the most part, I really get into my writing because I love the subject so much and your readers will feel that.

    When this happens, the energy starts pumping, which as a results you start pumping out more blog posts. At times I can write more blog posts than I intended and I bet you do the same. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      That’ss why I love to have ideas planned before I start writing.

      After that, I write as much as I can. Maybe I finish more that I planned to do.

      I’m glad that you liked the post Sherman.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Hey Sherman, out of all the tips shared above, which one do you think is the best and worth working on?

  34. June 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Hello Ahmed,
    This is indeed a nice and lovely post you drop here. Loving what you’re doing is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. without love, you won’t have the passion to proceed and without passion, that blog is useless.

    Apart from blogging, everybody needs to set a goal for their selves. Setting up a goal will keep you focus and thus excel in what you’re doing. If you don’t set a goal for your business it would be like a plane without a course. :)

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Your goal is what motivates you to reach success.

      So set your goal and do your best to reach it.

      I’m glad that you loved the post.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Hey Babanature, welcome to blogging! Seems It’s your first visit here, isn’t it?

      Loved your words. You should make time for what you love, and If you’re blogging about what you don’t love than you need to change your directions.

      Appreciate your comment, hope to have ya back!

  35. Cheryl Inniss
    June 14, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Great informative post

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Hey Cheryl, too short comment this time?

    • June 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked it Cheryl.

  36. June 14, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Hi Ahmed,

    I completely agree with you that your tips would definitely improves the productivity of the blogger.

    Coming to your post! I finished reading it twice n will read again as you’ve requested.

    Sometimes, I used to ask the productivity related questions which you’ve listed here, never do unfamiliar stuffs (but will learn the useful), fixed my goals and planned too.

    As am a part time blogger, its hard for me to keep up and set the time to do the blogging activities.

    Sure will follow your words and try to be a productive blogger.

    Am stumbled with this guest post and learned a lot too.

    Thanks for Ehsan for publishing this for your readers :)

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Nirmala.

      You can build a successful blog with just 10 hours a week. You don’t need a lot of time.

      You need to know the right stuff to do and then do a lot of it.

      This is all my upcoming blog about. It’ll be something you want to check.

      Thanks for your comment and thanks fo Ehsan making me able to reach people like you.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      It’s a pleasure to have someone like Ahmed as a contributor here. Glad you found his productivity tips and strategies useful, Nirmala.

      Why do you go anywhere else? Now you know where to ask your questions related to blogging/productivity, right?

      Thanks for stopping by.

  37. June 14, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    @Ehsan… I told you not to accept another guest post on this blog… ;)

    @Ahmad, Just kidding man. Its a small secret between me and Ehsan. Hehe ;)

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I saw your post and thought to be the 2nd to do this ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Hey Shahzad, Glad to see ya back.

      I haven’t opened the door for guest bloggers here at Guide and News yet. I rarely accept guest posts just from those whom I personally know or worked with, and you’re one of them.

      Ahmed is my partner. He’ll be a regular contributor here.

  38. June 14, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Hi, that was a great tips! i’m very agree with point no.2, you can do anything well if you enjoy the work and have passion for it.

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      Yes, try to apply it and you’ll see a great difference.

      THanks for your comment Robi.

  39. June 14, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    Great tips Ehsaan. The biggest problem for me since my 8 years of blogging is not finding enough time to write, but its to keep away the distraction. Your tips if implemented properly can show me the path to keep blogging in future too. Cheers.

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Just apply them.

      I’m sure you’re going to thank me for this later ;)

      • Ehsan Ullah
        June 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

        Gotcha Ahmed, me too ;)

  40. June 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi Ahmed & Ehsan, Great tips here. I really like the one about setting a timer. Something I really need to start doing. You also inspired me about “team”. I need to have more guest bloggers at my place. Distractions are tough too via social media. You want to be sure to connect with those that tweet you etc. and I need to put aside time just for that instead of in between everything else. I will be back to re-read this one again. Thanks for the really great tips!

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the tips lisa. Tell me about your results Lisa.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Hey Lisa, by having a team or partners doesn’t mead you should start accepting guest posts, or increase the number of guest contributors on your blog.

      You need a team or partners to work on different tasks, Be a partner with someone you know personally and trust on, like I’ve became with Ahmed.

      Appreciate your comment, hope to see ya back.

  41. Navneet Viswanadha
    June 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi Ahmed.
    You have some of the greatest productivity tips ever. I’ve tried many of these before and it worked for me. There are some things that are new to me. I’ve tried them too and they work like a charm.

    But I do think that there are a few more things that you could have added. Like blocking social media sites. Please add these tips to your post. 1. Switch off your mobile phone so that you won’t get distracted by calls and messages. 2. Use some tool to block social media sites and YouTube kind of distracting sites. Or the best solution is too unplug your Internet.
    3. Working in shifts is also a good way to be productive. Also writing early in the morning is also very good. As ideas come fresh to us early.
    Early to bed, Early to rise is also a good way to me more productive.

    On the whole, you’ve done hell of a job Ahmed. Keep it up.


    • June 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks Nav.

      The best tip of all these is the last one.

      Thanks for your cooment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Hey Navneet, welcome back.

      You too have shared some great productivity tips as addition.

      Thanks for sharing some other ways to avoid the distraction while concentrating on something.

      Working in shifts? What do you mean by that? Rising early really increases the productivity, I’ve tried it myself.

      Thanks for the awesome comment.

      BTW, no link in your comment? What are you blogging lately?

      • Navneet Viswanadha
        June 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

        Hi Ehsan,

        I am feeling awesome. It’s been a long time since I commented here. I missed the community. But now I am back. :). Yeah! I did not add my blog link intentionally. Nothing new on my blog so driving traffic there is worthless.
        Plus, sometimes I don’t write comments for the sake of back links. I write them because I just wanna write ‘em.

        Here is a step-by-step guide to work in shifts:-
        1. Write, Write, Write for 25 minutes.
        2. Take a break of 15 minutes. Perhaps, drink a coffee or take a walk. (Don’t exceed 15 minutes as you will loose focus from the topic).
        3. Come back again and write.
        4. Take a short break of 7 minutes.
        5. Edit your posts.

        Writing like this will not only produce content in less time but also improve the quality of your posts.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          June 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

          It’s great to have someone like you around the blog, Navneet. Makes me feel awesome too!

          Why aren’t you working on your blog? Hope you’ll stand back again! Checkout my FB page, I’ve shared an image which has a big message for you (hope you’re not on that mood lol)

          Heard of working in shifts 1st time. Thanks for the guide ($100 worth comment). something I really need to start working on.

          Hope to have ya back in future too.

  42. June 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Hey Eshan,

    “FOCUS “, I guess the magical word that everyone should always remember. Without focus, I guess everything just falls apart. Yes, we need to set our goals, we need to love what where doing, we need to set up a timer and many more. We can have a hundred tips to increase productivity if we think about it, but it’s all worthless if were not being FOCUS on what were doing.

    • June 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      FOCUS is the tagline of the minimal productivity site, Zen Habits.

      It was the title of his first book. It’s what you need to be productive.

      Thanks a lot Farrell.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Words of wisdon Farrel. Now I know why Leo Babauta focuses more on the topic FOCUS on his blog, and he even written a book on this topic.

      Thanks for droppin’ in. What’s new with One Piece Games?

  43. June 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Hello Ahmed,

    Competely agreed to your point about setting a clear goal. First of all, we need to have a complete idea about what we actually want to achieve by blogging. If we don’t know this, we won’t even know what to do next. In short, we will be completely clueless. I think, we need to have that one single long term goal, and then make short term goals accordingly so that we can achieve that final one.

    Great tips. I will try to follow them.

    • June 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      Yes Sourav.

      Having a main goal is what motivates you to continue doing what you do.

      Being motivated is a great way to increase productivity.

      Thanks Sourav for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Hey Sourav, glad to see ya here.

      Having complete idea means building a proper plan before doing anything, because planning really increases the productivity, and being more productive enables you produce more value out of your blog.

      Glad you liked Ahmed’s tips. Hope to see ya back around the blog.

  44. June 13, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Hi Ahmed & Ehsan,

    Oh yes…you really cannot function if you are not focused and your aims or goals aren’t well defined.

    I agree with all the tips you shared here and I think they are motivational ones for people to increase their blogging productivity. Honestly speaking, I’ve never worked with an alarm nor a time, nor do I use any other online such tool to remind me of my work that some people do. I feel that if you are well-disciplined in the things that need to be done and are able to prioritize and do those things on your own, you really can do without them because you become dependant on such tools after a while and when you don’t find or have them, working becomes a problem.

    Like these, there are other writing software people use to avoid distractions while they write, which again I keep away from because that focus, will-power, drive, and determination to accomplish what you set out to do should come from within. I guess when you love what you do, as you mentioned, you really don’t need any of these. :)

    It all does come down to time management and how you are able to divide your day efficiently between the various chores and tasks in hand. Being a professional writer, blogger, full time mom, and playing many other roles, I think I’ve learnt how to manage my time even though I know it’s not easy at time – yet, we all do it our way. So, each one to his or her own – isn’t it?

    I liked your idea of keeping a post idea and perhaps thinking of another one alongside it or even going ahead and wrtiing both of them together, though keeping one of them aside for later. I used to do that long time back, so good to be reminded of it yet again here.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead, both of you :)

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Harleena.

      You made a good point here. You need to have a goal and be motivated enough to reach that goal. You try to do your best to reach that goal.

      This is actually how bill gates did it.

      Thanks again for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Hey Harleena, great to have ya back.

      As usual, you crack me up Harleena. Becoming dependent on such tools is really a big mistake, but setting an alarm or timer for your work doesn’t need any type of software, you can do it with your phone, can’t you?

      I also keep myself away from such writing software, but what I really think people should do to avoid the distraction with writing is to turn off the notifications, and don’t focus on anything else. Just concentrate on your writing.

      It surprises me how you make yourself able to manage your time to do your work Harleena. You update your blog regularly with, promotion, commenting on other blog. Such tasks takes a lot of time, while you do them so well. I appreciate you sharing your daily routine with us, and giving us a few tips on time management. Or If you’ve written an article on this topic on Aha-Now, point me the link.

      Thanks for the awesome comment. I want you to stay around back in future too Harleena.

      • June 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

        Yes indeed, we can set alarms anywhere, but I personally don’t like to use even those. I guess the time on my laptop is good enough as I know how much of time what thing needs, or perhaps I don’t like working within boundaries. For example, if I am writing, I prefer giving my full time or more at times, if need be, because I like writing without limits. Yet, I do keep a track of the word count or else my readers would run off ;)

        I agree with you there, when you write, every other tab on your computer should be turned off – and you should write free flow.

        Yes – blogging IS a full time job and it all does take a lot of time. I did write a post on time management and as you asked for the link here it is –

        Ah…I always do visit your blog whenever your posts are up, most of the time – even when I am on vacation as I am now :)

        Thanks once again :)

        • June 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

          Don’t try to split your focus. This will decrease your productivity.

          The post is great Harleena. Thanks for sharing it.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          June 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

          Hey again Harleena, sorry for the late reply. “Writing with no limits” Loved your words!

          Thanks a lot for sharing that post. Seems I already read that one before! So useful! Will surely share that with my network.

          Thanks a ton, no no 2 ton! :) BTW, where are you now?

          • June 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

            Ah…with my Dad presently, but soon would be travelling around with him and my family – the once a year trip out together that we have :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            June 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

            Enjoy the excitement! I just came from a long trip, I know how exciting and fun it is to be with family on a vacation.

  45. June 13, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Glad to see the blog updated after a long time and that too with some great content.
    Ahmed, you have written a great post. Productivity is one thing that demands proper planning. I only lack at time management. Whatever I plan or think of doing, I never ever start it, or not at the time I thought I would do it.
    Great post man.
    And I am waiting for ToStartBlogging to go live.
    When are you going to launch it? It’s been quite some months I am seeing it in that state.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Super glad to have ya here after a long time Arbaz. Ahmed is definitely a great writer, we’ve became a partner now.

      You need to set a timer Arbaz. Believe me, you won’t believe you’ll get your work done If you set an alarm, or timer for your work. For instance, set an alarm on your phone for 30 minutes, and try to work well on deadline, and because you’ve only got 30 minutes you don’t procrastinate or check social media, just focus on your work. You’ll be surprised, and thank me. ;)

      What’s hot with TB?

      • June 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

        That could work for me. Let me try that out and see if I can achieve my targets or not.

        TB is just updated with articles at proper intervals, focusing on building different niche sites ;)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          June 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

          Thanks for coming back Arbaz.

          Just apply them, you’ll thank Ahmed later for his tips, I know!

          Ohh seems you’re struggling to become next Pat Flynn or Spencer Haws :D

          • June 15, 2013 at 6:50 am #

            A Big LOL man.
            Those guys have years of experience, can’t get to them so soon :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            June 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

            Haha, you’ll reach their level very soon Arbaz. Keep on learning and playing with niche websites ;)

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      I’m glad that you liked the post Arbaz. But as Ehsan said you need to set a timer. You’ll be thrilled with the results.

      I’m going to launch TSB soon. There is no plan when exactly but I’m sure it’ll be something great.

      Thanks for caring Arbaz.

      • June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

        Yeah, bring something that would compensate for the wait time.
        Excited to see the blog :)

  46. June 13, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Maintaining a to-do list is really helpful as it shows you definite path to follow and to stay more productive. Thanks for the practical tips, better to implement them rightaway.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Glad to have ya back after long time Bharat. Was missing your comment :O Where have you been?

      I maintain a weekly to-do list, and you?

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Pat Flynn says that having a plan weekly is better than having a to-do list every day.

      What I really do is that I have a plan for today, this week, this month and maybe for the full year also. This is how I stay on track.

      I don’t put a lot of effort on the daily to do list. I love to make it the week before it. I check it everyday before I start working and then adjust it to make it better.

      Thanks for your comment Bharath.

  47. June 13, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Ohh man, your article is excellent. Thanks Ehsan for pinging me on G+ about it. I have added this on my Google Plus profile.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Mohammad, you seem to be a good guy to have around here. What’s new with BloggerSpice?

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Thanks for sharing it Mohammad.

  48. June 13, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Yes, good point about liking your topic. You have to be passionate about what your writing about otherwise you will struggle with consistency. Cheers Ahmed

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Great to have ya here, Kelvin.

      Everyone is fuckin’ busy, but you have to make time for what you love, right? And If you don’t love what you’re blogging about than you obviously are considering it as “work” and It’s a “task” on your to-do list.

      Thanks for dropping in, hope to see ya back!

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks for your comment Kelvin.

      Yes, loving what you do is the key to consistency until your reach your success. It’s what keeps you motivated to have a success.

      Thanks again for your comment Kelvin.

  49. June 13, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    A very interesting post Ahmed and Ehsan,
    The spirit of productivity is one of the things most people lack in life not just bloggers alone. There are lots of things to be done but unfortunately, there are always lots of distractions on our way.

    All the tips mentioned here are really good especially the one of goal setting. Once you set achievable goals for yourself and then, map out plans on how to achieve those goals following the plans bit by bit, from the smaller to the more tedious ones, you will discover that the task will no longer be too difficult for you.

    One more thing is avoiding distractions at all cost. If you want to write a new blog post, respond to comments or reply to emails then, you should really focus on that and don’t even try to login to your facebook account or any other social networking site for that matter. You have to turn all of them off because if you don’t, you might see someone to chat with and before you know it, you won’t be able to finish the task again.

    Its also very advisable to have a daily to-do list. Every morning, map out all the things you intend to achieve for the day according to their order of importance.

    Thanks a lot for sharing post with once again mates and you both have a great weekend ahead :).

    • June 13, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      Awesome comment Theodore. I really agree with all your tips. I may create part 2 and link to your blog.

      Thanks again for your comment.

      • June 13, 2013 at 9:02 am #

        Thanks for the compliment Ahmed,
        I will appreciate the link.

        Have a nice day

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Great to have ya back, Theodore. Thanks for the addition.

      Really great suggestions from you. Loved your point on avoiding the distraction. I always used to get distracted from other things when writing a post, or responding to emails. But now I know what to do, I always turn off the comments on social media so that nothing is dinging my attention while I’m trying to concentrate.

      Hope to have ya around back in future Theodore.

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:53 am #

        I also liked it Ehsan. Thanks a lot Theodore for this tips.

  50. June 13, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    This definitely one hell good start. Placing that goal will boost your mind to persevere and to achieve more. good luck bloggers!

    • June 13, 2013 at 1:31 am #

      Yeah Bon. Thanks for your comment.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Gotcha BON, long time no see? Good to see ya back after a while.

      What’s new with your writing?

  51. June 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    According to me,
    Having a time schedule is very important when it comes to blogging.

    The niche that I blog on is of my interest, so I never feel out of ideas ! :-D

    Anyways, nice article Ehsan !
    Looking forward for your future articles :-)

    • June 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks Akhil for your comment.

      I’m glad that you liked it.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 13, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Yeah Akhil, It’s surprising how much bloggers can get done in short time by having a time schedule or setting a timer.

      Good to know you love your niche, seems you’re a big techie guy ;)

      Hope to see ya around.

    • July 11, 2013 at 5:09 am #

      Wow great, i was thinking the same you said Akhil. Time management is very important in any and also important in blogging which i’ve learned recently.

      It was great reading the article.

      thanks Ahmed.

      • Ehsan Ullah
        July 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

        Read my conversation with Harleena in below comments. She had written an interesting post on time management and pointed out the link here.