The Art of Stress-free Blogging : This post on Web Worker Daily reminds me of why I should be reading that blog more often. If you have heard of or read the ever-popular productivity book Getting Things Done, by David Allen, you will enjoy this post by Leo Babuata. He goes through the steps to perform and outlines the common gotchas and missteps to avoid.
- I use the “email bookmarks, thoughts and lists” bit all the time but I use the draft feature in GMail instead of crowding my inbox. I also tend to have spurts of “processing times” when I do stuff related to blogging but since I am so pressed for time, their start and end times tend to vary wildly depending on the day.
- I “process to empty” twice a day and have schooled myself to do a brain dump every couple of hours either into my PDA (now my Treo) or into another email draft with a descriptive subject. My Treo’s Mobile email lets me do drafts much like GMail, which has been quite a boon. Then at process to empty time I clean things out.
- Instead of reviewing once a week, I review once a day right before I turn in, and make notes on needs for the recent future. I find that this works best for me.
- I find that my blogging habits also work well in my work life and since I have some serious attention problems, I try to focus as intensely as possible for short periods of time to get the most out of whatever I can get done. Of course, all of this results in me needing a few extra hours in the day but I am used to sleeping as little as possible. I also reward myself very often to keep the enthusiasm going. If I do not have something to look forward to, I tend to get bogged down with the task at hand and my productivity sinks completely. I have found that these rewards rarely ever need to be extravagant. That latte sounds good right about now.
I could go on forever, but I fear I am moving away from the actual context of blogging. What do you do to foster the Art of Stress Free Blogging?