Mastering Blog Habits in 6 steps

Apparently we repeat the same 40% of our behaviour everyday – this is what is known as our habits. Things you repeat everyday, like brushing your teeth or making a cup of tea the minute you wake up, that you do without even a second thought.

How to master Blog Habits In 6 Easy Steps

I don’t think it’s unusual to wish you had a few more good habits (eating healthily, exercising, reading) and kicked a few bad ones (wine, TV, ice cream in bed), after all…

Mastering blog habits in 6 steps

And what if you could use this technique to alter a few of your blogging habits? Taking control of time swallowed up by social media or constantly checking emails, and focusing more on creativity and the thing that makes us and our blogs happy.

You will probably have a different blog habit that you need to kick and other ‘good’ habits you want to introduce. It’s a good idea to jot down a few habits you’d like to adopt so that you can keep them in mind as you read.

I’ve recently finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s (Happiness Project, etc) new book, Better than Before, which is an in-depth look at how we can change, and her approach is by mastering habits. With out new blog habits in mind, here’s a potted look at how to master them…

Mastering Blog Habits

1. Decision making is exhausting

We get a certain number of good decisions a day and once you’ve gone past that number you’ll start making bad choices! If you spend all day deciding what you are and aren’t going to do, you’ll wear yourself out. So Gretchen says “decide not to decide”. So, decide once that you are going to spend 2 hours writing every day or comment on 10 blog posts, etc. and then do it every day. Decision made.

2. Know yourself

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you need outside pressure to meet deadlines? All this information in useful when you start planning your new habits. There’s no point saying you’ll get up at 5:30 every morning, if you in fact you work better at night. Gretchen has a whole new philosophy about how personality types also effect how well you take to forming new habits. I’m a Questioner but despite reading the book I needed to take the online test to find that out. Find out more about the personalities and see which one you are here!

3. Monitor

This allows you to keep track of your new habit. Jerry Seinfeld had one habit he wanted to uphold everyday; he wrote jokes. And once he had spent say 4 hours working on jokes, he would put a big X on his calendar. He would say ‘just don’t break the chain’. Yours can be as simple or elaborate as you wish (but don’t make the monitoring process a chore!).

Mastering blog habits in 6 steps

From Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist Journal

4. Scheduling

When are you going to do your new habit? To make it a habit, where you don’t even think about it, you need to do it at the same time every day. Apparently it’s also helpful to tag it onto another habit. For example, if you want to regularly cleanse and tone, do it after you brush your teeth. Or if you want to write without distraction, schedule your time for after the kids go to bed or when your alarm rings first thing.

5. Accountability

This can either be external in the form of an accountability partner, who will help you keep on track, or self accountability through the use of a chart (much like in number 3. Monitor). When we feel like there is someone keeping track of our successes, even if it’s just us, we alter our behaviour to suit.

6. Begin

Starting is a lot harder than carrying on! So just get started then don’t break the chain.

There is much more in Gretchen’s book about mastering habits, this was just a taster to get you started! If you’d like to study habits in more detail, I’d highly recommend a read. I loved the book.

Have you recently started any new habits? What worked for you?

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15 comments on Mastering Blog Habits in 6 steps

  1. angela from daysinbed
    October 2, 2015 at 1:36 am (3 years ago)

    Change is never easy but changes need to be made in order to be successful. I totally agree with starting part. If I want to do something I can either sit and think about it for ages and not get it done or actually get started and do the task. Thanks for these tips.

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  2. Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me
    October 2, 2015 at 3:04 am (3 years ago)

    I just read this book as well, and I loved it! I worked out that I’m an Obliger, and need external accountability which to me is as simple as marking on a calendar on the fridge all the mornings I’ve exercised with a big cross! That way hubby and the kids help monitor me! #TheList
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  3. Life with Six Kids
    October 2, 2015 at 7:31 am (3 years ago)

    I think the ‘don’t break the chain’ would work for me as t would drive me insane if there was a gap in a month of crosses so that would spur me on. Thank you for this – it’s great.
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  4. Mudpie Fridays
    October 2, 2015 at 9:02 am (3 years ago)

    Great tips will be checking out the book, I am trying to put habits in place again after having a blogging holiday and now struggling 🙂 #Thelist
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  5. Apparently Awkward
    October 2, 2015 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

    I LOVED Gretchen Rubin’s the Happiness Project and I think I need to add her latest book to my reading list. I came here initially to read about mastering habits for my blog but actually what I’m taking away from this post is how I can master some new, good habits for my start up business (which is coming along…but at a slow pace, it’s hard with a 9 month old at home!) I love reading inspiring tips that are simple and focused, helps me get a bit more energy. #TheList
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  6. Mum in Brum
    October 2, 2015 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

    Great advice! I’m such a night owl and have always been so much more productive in the evenings, however the hubby is the opposite so he gets upset with me for coming to bed late!! I may have to have words with him if I’m going to get more done. Thanks for sharing #TheList x

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  7. Sam
    October 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I loved The Happiness Project and should probably read this one too – some really great tips and advice here – I’m awful for feeling enthused about things and then quite quickly letting it slide – I definitely need to find some kind of accountability that works for me. #thelist
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    • Hannah
      October 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      You sound just like me, Sam, I’m exactly the same – love starting a new project but then wish someone else could finish it for me!

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  8. Random Musings
    October 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m an obliger according to the quiz, and that sort of rings true. I’m rubbish at saying no to things even if it is massively inconvenient to me! #TheList
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  9. Madeline
    October 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm (3 years ago)

    These are really useful tips! The first one in particular is really good! x #TheList

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  10. Lins @Boo & Maddie
    October 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I definitely need to get into some good blogging habits, I tend to find I’m hurrying to write something late at night rather than say spending a Sunday morning writing all my posts for the week. Thanks for sharing the tips x
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  11. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    October 8, 2015 at 3:52 am (3 years ago)

    I’m doing much better about the schedule I’ve set, but I need to reign in the whole Social Media thing too and come up with a workable schedule there! By the time I set my new habits things will change and I’ll have to start again! Good thing I love it!! Thanks for the tips, they will help a lot!
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  12. Lex Jackson
    October 12, 2016 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

    This is a really helpful post. Definitely going to give a few of the points a try. Change can be daunting but good, I really need to take some time out to plan and schedule. Pinning for later 🙂

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  13. Kerry
    January 2, 2017 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    I’m hoping to get into some good blogging habits this year, consistency being key!

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