How to Get Those Unpleasant Blogging Tasks Out of Your Way

How to Get Those Unpleasant Blogging Tasks Out of Your Way

Let’s imagine these four scenarios and what they have in common:

  • Proofreading a blog post
  • Handling nasty customer feedback related to your information product
  • Writing your next e-book
  • Going through the junk comments on your blog

All of these things are something you have to take care of at some point and they are all either boring or unpleasant.

For instance, if we take point #2 (handling nasty feedback related to your information product), you can probably find dozens of reasons for not taking action on it right away.

In other words, procrastinating is so much easier than taking the bull by its horns and taking care of the matter right away. All of those other tasks that once seemed so tedious are all of a sudden compelling and you like to do them instead.

The longer your postpone taking care of the unpleasant task, the longer the Zeigarnik effect will stay in effect. What this means is that until a task is finished, your mind keeps continuously reminding you about it.

So how do you want to handle it? Right now – and clearing your mind at the same time – or be reminded of it over and over again while wasting your mental energy because of it?

What made you procrastinate?

Taking action on something other than the task you were supposed to do was, of course, easier.

Although if you want to dig deeper into the reasons for avoiding the task, you probably came to the following conclusions as well:

  • Proofreading a blog post -> “Waste of time, why should I be doing it and not someone else?”
  • Handling nasty feedback related to your information product -> “I’m losing my face completely in front of the customer, I don’t know how to receive negative feedback.”
  • Writing your next e-book -> “It takes so much time and I’m bored of writing.”
  • Going through the junk comments on your blog -> “Again, this is just a waste of time and I shouldn’t be doing it.”

When you think of these arguments, they seem valid at the time you tell them to yourself. Unfortunately, this kind of self-talk just makes the completion of your task harder, thus making you  avoid them and spend more time thinking of them.

What if you took the alternate approach and handled those nasty and unpleasant tasks as soon as possible? How would you feel then?

Benefits of “Eating a Frog”

Mark Twain once said: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Of course, the frog he was referring to a real frog, but a nasty thing that you have to take care of.

So why would you implement this approach in your blogging? Well, let me tell some of the benefits that I have experienced when doing so:

  • I felt a sense of relief
  • My self-confidence grew once the task was done
  • I didn’t lose my good night’s sleep
  • The unfinished task wasn’t distracting me anymore
  • I felt more productive

I don’t know about you, but those things are pretty good benefits when it comes to eating a frog. So if I have you now convinced of this new approach, I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to actually implement it.

Dipping into cold water

What’s the easiest approach to taking a swim in a chilly water? Dip into to the water as quickly as possible. Once it’s done, the water doesn’t feel so cold anymore.

You can take this same approach to your blogging and tackle your unpleasant tasks with these 7 steps:

1. See a task from an alternative angle. What sometimes helps when the boring or unpleasant task is concerned is seeing it from a different angle.

For instance, if it’s handling negative customer feedback, you have to understand the core reason behind the complaint first and then try to figure out how you can turn that into an improvement.

All of a sudden, you are able to see that this is a blessing in disguise. Even if the feedback was given to you in a negative manner, you can still benefit from it.

2. Set a time and date on your calendar. I start the mental preparation for the unpleasant task when I decide the date and time on my calendar when handling it.

It helps me tremendously when I have an exact point in time when the task is going to be taken care of instead of keeping it on my mind endlessly and wasting my mental energy on it.

3. See yourself after the task. I also try to see a picture of myself completing the task. In other words, I imagine how relieved I feel after the task is done.

Remember the times when you had to take care of the nasty things yourself: How did you feel after the task was taken care of? I bet you felt good and that’s what you want to keep in mind when handling your future unpleasant tasks as well.

4. Do it quickly. The faster you take care of the “frog”, the better. It no longer stays on your mind and you can focus fully on other things instead.

That’s why I try to take care of the task first thing in the morning. If that’s not possible, I try to take care of it whenever I have the first possible moment.

5. Ask for mental support from others. Understand the power of your blogging peers. E-mail a buddy of yours and ask for a mental pat on your back. If you have a coach or a mentor, ask him/her about what to do in this situation.

6. Outsource it. There is no one stopping you from outsourcing certain “frogs” from your task list. Let someone else take care of them so that you don’t have to.  This works especially well for things like proofreading or handling spam comments.

7. Understand the long term benefits. One final tip related to eating a frog is to understand the long term benefits of doing so.

For instance, if you don’t like writing an e-book, consider what you are missing out on in that situation: New subscribers to your e-mail list, new potential customers to your products, or even new opportunities in the form of business ventures.

Especially if you are building your online business part-time and you want to turn it into a real business, procrastination is not an option.

Want to improve your blogging productivity even further?

Eating a frog is just one way to improve your productivity. If you are blogging part-time and your goal is to build a full-time online business, you have to take advantage of every minute you have.

That’s why I have written a book, which you can download for free! All I’m asking is that you give your name and e-mail address. In exchange, I will give you instant access to this book, which you can then download to your computer.

If you are willing to spend a little money, you can even buy the print or the Amazon Kindle version of the book. It’s more convenient to read when you are travelling, sitting on a couch, or lying on your bed, rather than dragging your laptop with you.

Just grab the book now and let me know what you think!

Timo Kiander, a.k.a. Productive Superdad, helps entrepreneurs improve their online business productivity. With 18 co-authors (like Pat Flynn and Corbett Barr), he wrote a book about how to build an online business and get stuff done – even when working from 9-5 (available as a free download or through Amazon).

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  • http://reginaldchan.net Reginald

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for sharing. I think this is a great write up indeed. The biggest issue for me is time and getting all these social media onboard. It is some crazy job indeed!

    Haha! Just my rant on a Tuesday morning!

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hi Reginald!

      Thank you for your comments!

      Let me know if you have any questions and I’m happy to help you :)

      Cheers,
      Timo

  • http://www.techclickr.com/ Shameem

    Hi Jane

    Great points sometimes I missed out of doing my task due to some other important assignments more over not able to focus on blogging might I need to take an action

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hi Shameem!

      I guess it’s all about setting priorities – doing the important tasks first and then moving on with your other assignments.

      Cheers,
      Timo

  • http://viralwriter.com Gilbert Samuel

    Hi Jane,

    I found out about an app, it’s a time management tool that keeps me on schedule. Heck! blogging is soooo stressful especially with my education at hand. Setting up a calendar has really worked for me.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    btw: you commentluv seem to have crashed ;)

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hey Gilbert!

      Interesting … what is the tool you are reffering to?

      Cheers,
      Timo

      • http://viralwriter.com Gilbert Samuel

        Hi Timo,

        It’s a free app called focus booster, I’m not allowed to paste links but a little description will do:
        Check this out: imwithsusanvelez dot com slash time-management-clock-taking-more-breaks

        • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

          Ok, thanks!

          I haven’t heard of that app before, but I’ll take a look!

          Cheers,
          Timo

  • http://www.squarems.com Nikhil

    Hii Jane,

    Nice post. All the tasks you provided are great and useful to increase productivity of blogging. These all task are really helpful for me.
    Great work.
    thank you for sharing this.

    Nikhil :)

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hi Nikhil!

      Great to hear you enjoyed the post!

      Let me know if you have any questions and I’m happy to help you out!

      Cheers,
      Timo

  • http://www.androidcab.com Jijin Mohan

    Hello,

    Yes for me consistency in blogging is a great issue as i can do the schedule tasks due to some distractions like social media and etc. But the article helped me a lot, i will download the book now and schedule it for later.

    Thanks

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hi Jijin!

      Yes, consistency is a big thing if you want to build your blog or your online business.

      What helps in my case is to have a regular schedule that I follow every day. After a while, that schedule turns into habits and I take care of certain tasks automatically.

      Cheers,
      Timo

  • http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] Honestly, it is not like me to really ask for help from others where blogging is concerned.

    Also, your pointers appear to be most feasible!

    • http://www.onlinebusinessproductivity.com/ Timo Kiander

      Hi Renard!

      Thank you for your comment – I hope that you found the post valuable.

      Cheers,
      Timo

  • Steven J Fromm

    Timo, I never want to eat frogs but find that a lot of life is about doing so. As we get older we come to recognize this reality. It is just better to bite the bullet and get it done. Thanks for the (un? )pleasant reminder. Just kidding of course.

  • http://www.technobezz.com Chevy

    Thanks for sharing this helpful and informative article.i found it hard some time to blog .Maybe because of the tedious work and procrastinations .However reading your blog makes me incentive driven.i love it. keep it up

  • http://www.berichinfo.com Praise

    Thanks for this great informative article it has really been helpful to me. I have had difficulties blogging sometimes and with the help of your information here, I have been able to overcome that. Thanks once more.