Bloggers, let’s face it: blogging can be addictive.
But since most of us aren’t full-time bloggers, it’s hard to ignore it while we’re at the office for 8-10 hours a day. Think of everything your missing, all the comments you could be adding, and all the neat tactics to help increase your traffic. But if you succumb to blogging at work, there’s always the guilt of knowing you just the company’s money on meeting your own needs (and they are needs!).
Here’s a solution that allows you to keep it going throughout the day without the guilt:
- Everything you see these days about time management encourages you to work in chunks of time (30 minutes to 2 hours), and then reward yourself with a 10 -15 minute reward. Why not take your next 10 minute treasure and read a few posts and add a few comments? Just time yourself and stay disciplined to the length of the break.
- Do you eat lunch in your office? Shut the door and blog for the full hour while you’re scarfing down your turkey sandwich.
- Blog about your work issues. It might not be wise to use real names and projects, but we all encounter situations or lessons that we want to remember. At least jot down the main point and save it in your blog post drafts so you don’t lose the thought, then finish it later. In this way, though, it catalogs your on-the-job learning that most bosses would appreciate.
The key here is mixing your discipline with your rewards. Luckily, blogging doesn’t have to be time-consuming to be productive. And this should get you through the day so you don’t feel like you’ve missed out on so much. But like anything, you gotta keep it under control, or then you’ll be in big trouble at the office.
Let me know if you’ve got other tips.