10 Ways Blogging Has Made Me More Productive

The other day, I was asked how I have time to blog as much as I do.

As I thought about it, I really couldn’t imagine not blogging at this point.

Blogging has become a part of my daily life.

And in fact, it has made me more productive in everything that I do.

What I Have Learned From Blogging

When I first started blogging, it was a chore.

It was tough. It was hard. It took a lot of time.

I spent many hours trying to figure out topics to write about.

And then even more time messing with tools to implement my blog.

However, you get better at what you practice.

Soon, I was hitting my stride.

As I progressed in my blogging, I began to realize that it wasn’t just a hobby…

but rather a path to better organization, productivity and new skills.

I was learning things about myself and about new technologies that began benefitting me in other areas of my life.

The Benefits of Blogging

Blogging for the past several years has brought me many benefits both personally and professionally.

My online journey and growth has taught me many things.

About myself. About the power of an online platform. And even about getting work done and project management.

Here are 10 Ways That Blogging Has Made Me More Productive:

  1. Clarifies My Thoughts – Blogging has helped me clarify my thinking. It is a great way to get thoughts “out of your head.” Instead of keeping all of those ideas locked up, let them out. Many of my best ideas first saw the light of day on my blog and then developed into even bigger concepts.
  2. Drives My Passion – Blogging can be an outlet for your passion. Mine is time management. People ask how I think of so many posts on the same subject. Actually, the secret is that I am always thinking about it. Maybe yours is gardening or cars or whatever. Blogging can stoke that passion into a true fire that drives you.
  3. Provides a Hobby – Blogging is a great hobby. You cannot work 100% of the time. For me, blogging started as side hobby and now has developed into something so much more. But, it can be a great side diversion to relieve the grind of the day-to-day.
  4. Project Management & Workflow - Blogging can appear simple, but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. There is a lot of process, structure, tools, and more that go into running a successful blog. I have learned much by having to develop the workflows that run TMN. This has benefitted me in my other business endeavors. You start to look for process and efficiency in everything you encounter.
  5. Established Me as an Online Expert – This is not meant to be bragging. I am a big believer that those who are building their online platform today, will benefit greatly in the future. Blogging has established my personal brand online. Don’t underestimate the potential here. I now have access to people and things that I would not have otherwise. When people Google you, what do they find? A LinkedIn profile?
  6. Set Time Limits and Boundaries – While blogging can be a hobby (see above), I also warn those starting out that it can also be another job. It is an additional area of responsibility in your life that you have to manage. However, the positive is that you learn to put time limits and boundaries on your work. This has helped me balance working and enjoying personal time with my family.
  7. Improved Writing – I was not a writer when I started my blog. And I am still not a writer. (You can find some examples of that in this post…) However, blogging has taught me how to quickly put down an idea into words. You would be amazed how many individuals lack this skill in today’s business world. This one skill has helped me tremendously in my job.
  8. Built a Great Network of People - I used to be proud of my business network and thought I had many contacts in my address book. However, that has been dwarfed by the network that has been created by my blogging efforts. I am now connected to a great network of individuals all around the globe. This has benefitted me in small ways (answers to questions) and in big ways (access to opportunities).
  9. Improved Idea Capturing - Blogging requires you to capture those fleeting ideas and concepts and turn them into lucid thoughts. Blogging has made me much more aware of those passing ideas and better at capturing them for later use.
  10. New Technology Skills – WordPress. Social Media. Video and photo editing. These are just a few of the many new technology skills that I would not have if not for my blogging. The technology world is developing at a blinding pace. I am a big believer that it is more important than ever for individuals (and companies) to always be learning new skills.

Blog Your Way to New Productivity

Blogging has made me more productive in many ways.

It has benefitted me both professionally and personally.

If you have been thinking about starting your blog, I highly recommend it.

You will learn things about yourself. You will learn new skills.

And you will even learn new ways of being productive.

Question: Has blogging made you more productive? If you have been thinking of starting a blog, what is stopping you?

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  • http://betweencoordinates.com/ Regine Camille Garcia

    Great article. Same thing… When I started experimenting with this so-called blog thing… It was sort of a chore. My writing style is not that good. I struggled with the content. Years of practice (maybe) paid off all the hardships I had. It is a nice experience and definitely more learning! :)

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      Sounds great!

      What has been the greatest benefit to you… from your blogging?

      • http://betweencoordinates.com/ Regine Camille Garcia

        yes :)

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  • Barbara Torris

    It could be that I really don’t know what I think or how it might play into the rest of my life until I write about the subject. But then it has always been true that we learn more than our students when we teach.

    b

    http://www.retireinstyleblog.com

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  • http://twitter.com/JeffOnMission Jeff

    Agreed! Great post!

    I’ve learned a lot more about discipline and self control through blogging. There are just so many distractions out there that try to take us away from accomplishing anything significant. But blogging centers me on my priorities – mainly, teaching how to use content effectively.

    Priorities + Action = Goal Accomplishing Wondrous Fun Time! haha

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      Agreed, Jeff.

      Blogging helps me center on my priorities and thoughts.

  • http://www.thedailysaint.com/ Mike St. Pierre

    Craig, good stuff! Completely agree, esp w/ #8

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      Mike, I can’t tell you how many times #8 has come up recently.

      Working on a project now… and all of it has started to come together due to the network I have met through blogging.

  • Carey

    I appreciate this post… the benefits of the various things we engage in are often hidden. Thanks for revealing some of the benefits to blogging! Encouraging to my soul!

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      Thanks! Best wishes with your blogging. :)

  • Guest

    I would add that blogging helps one change by creating accountability.
    Blogging is my way of having accountability in my journey of using my time to become
    a better Christian, wife, mother, professional, teacher, etc. As I am providing a service to others, I think
    the person that is most growing and changing is me. Because as you said, writing
    clarifies thoughts. Each post that I write serves as a mirror…sometimes what is
    reflected is not what I want to see; but what I need to see in order to change and
    grow.

    http://www.miranous.com

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      I like that… blogging does bring accountability. :)

      To yourself, and others…

      • Miranda Walichowski

        Craig, sorry about the big picture of myself. I thought I was adding a profile picture or gravatar. I am still new at this. I am looking forward to learning from you.

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  • http://lifestoked.com Deacon Bradley

    Great observations Craig! I originally started my blog for unrelated reasons, but you’re right, I later discovered a ton of advantages after working regularly on a blog for years.

    Learning to “time box” blog work to complete projects in limited time has helped me do the same thing at work. I look at what I can do in an hour much differently these days :).

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  • Miriam

    Thanks for sharing! Wondering now here whether to start blogging or not. it´s been already a while since I have the idea rounding my head… it really helped!

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

      Start today! :)

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  • SMaryHelen

    I would love to hear about your process for blogging. I have a blog but don’t blog regularly. Any tips? Thanks!

  • RoycePhillips1

    Great post! I started my blog back in October 2013 and did 2 posts. I got “sidetracked” with other priorities and “sideways” with some of the technologies, and I allowed this to pull me off track. I have committed to myself to “re-boot” TODAY and “jump-start” this blog! Thanks for the great encouragement!