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How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a Top Blogger

How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger

I will show you how to accelerate your productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger.

This will require a few simple things on your part.

But it won’t be difficult to massively accelerate your productivity once you get these things together.

And then, of course… you’ll need to put them into action.

Because really, does this sound like you?

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A Typical Day of Blogging

It’s Friday morning and you decide that you will write your blog post for Monday to get a good head start.

You sit down and open the blank page and look at it for a moment.

Then you realize you don’t really have any ideas for what to write about.

That seems hard, so first, better check your email.

After all, that’s a lot more interesting, right?

One of the emails you find in your inbox promises a great new technique for putting images on your Facebook posts.

Better check that out.

2 hours later you have half an idea of how to put images on your Facebook posts.

But you haven’t written a word on your blog post yet.

Oh yeah, you don’t know what you’re going to do yet, do you?

Well the day’s half over, so maybe you should just do it tomorrow.

This sort of thing goes on for a couple of days.

Then finally, on Monday morning you realize that you’re out of time.

So you quickly come up with an idea and just put something together real fast.

It’s not as good as it could be but there’s no time to do anything better at this point.

Just hit the “Publish” button and move on.

Accelerate Your Productivity to Be a Top Blogger

Now seriously, how many blog posts do you think you can write using a system like this?

How productive do you think your business will be when you approach it in this way?

You start by procrastinating.

Then you jump onto something totally different.

You realize that it’s not as simple as you thought it would be.

So you try to get back on track with what you were doing to begin with.

Maybe you do this “back and forth” thing for a week.

After using your “start and stop” technique for the week, you probably come up with one or two pieces of content.

And they’re probably not as good as you hoped they would be.

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Plus, you’re left with very little time for promoting it in the way you should.

Just think of what it would be like if you could be much more productive.

Imagine you could get done in one day, what you’ve been taking a week to do.

Plus at a much higher quality.

Now that’s what you need to do if you intend to go beyond being just another face in the crowd.

So let me show you how to accelerate your productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger

Productivity Tools

Let me deal with this issue right off the bat.

Every time people try to become more productive the first thing they look for is “tools” and “resources.”

That means software or programs or some kind of specialized training that will help them become more productive.

Well the truth is that tools are not what make you more productive.

In fact, they often make you less productive.

That’s because you end up spending so much time playing with the tools, that you don’t get your work done.

That’s not to say that there are not great tools, or that they are not helpful.

In fact, one of the things that I’ll be talking about in this article is the need to keep lists and notes.

There are many ways to do that.

You can just use a notebook and a pen, of course.

But there are certainly some really cool tools to help you out with note keeping.

Personally, I use Evernote.

But I don’t want to get into the whole “tools and resources” discussion here, because it’s not really what this article is about.

Also, I use very few tools in my business, and you really don’t need any of them to be highly productive.

But if you’re a tool and resources kind of a person, and you just really feel like you need something to help you stay focused… then I highly recommend you check out Adam Connell’s article reviewing 19 Top Productivity Tools For Bloggers:

How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a top bloggerRead more on Blogging Wizard19 Top Productivity Tools For Bloggers


I’ve got the productivity tools discussion out of the way, because I know many people think that’s what productivity is all about.

But now, let me get down to my recommended methods for accelerating your productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger.

Your Magic List

The first thing I want you to start doing in 2019 is commit to focusing on being productive.

Don’t tell yourself you’d like to get more done.

Sit and write down the goals you want to reach.

And determine that you will work every day to achieve them.

The next thing you need to do is start keeping what I call your “Magic List.”

So what is that?

Well, it’s NOT your list of goals.

And it’s NOT a to-do list of things you need to do each day.

Your Magic List is actually a list of things you will NOT do today.

You see, it’s a lot easier to spin into something new or different, than to stay on target with what you’re working on at the moment.

It’s like the example I gave you above, about stopping your blogging to check out your email.

You’re off target when you do that.

And you’ll be unproductive for as long as you are off target.

So every time a thought creeps into your mind of something that you need to do… just jot it down on your Magic List.

I know you get sudden thoughts and ideas, like maybe for writing a new blog post, creating a video or anything else.

If it takes you away from what you’re working on at the moment, though, then just jot it down on your Magic List and keep on working.

You see, the magic of your Magic List is that it allows you to stay on target and keep on point.

It helps you avoid stopping what you’re doing to explore something else.

By jotting it down, you can put it out of your mind.

And that allows your mind to quickly get back to work and stay on task.

The reason I call it a Magic List is that it creates magic.

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The magic is this.

You maintain the focus to keep working on what’s most important.

As things pop up in your mind that would ordinarily take you away from the task at hand, you simply write them on your Magic List instead.

This puts them out of your mind.

The Magic List helps you avoid having to stop in the midst of a productive activity.

Getting distracted with off-task thoughts and ideas is one of the most unproductive things you could do.

If you do it habitually, you probably get very little accomplished, right?

So just keeping this little Magic List will accelerate your productivity… big time.

Spinoff Magic

Another important thing to do is to keep a Spinoff list.

Now I actually will do this right within my main Magic List.

Every time I get an idea that I think will spin off of what I’m working on, I’ll simply write the word “Spin” and then the idea.

Say I’m writing a blog post about email marketing, and I suddenly think of doing another article about the best autoresponder for bloggers to use.

I’ll simply note on my Magic List “SPIN: best autoresponders.”

Whenever I’m looking for content ideas, I simply search through my SPIN list.

Now, let me tell you… this is a fantastic method for keeping you focused on your task at hand.

But even more, it also helps you expand your core topic with new and relevant content.

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So if I’m writing a blog post about email marketing, and then I get four other spinoff ideas as I’m doing it, that’s pretty cool.

You see, I’ve already gone a long way toward creating new content for my niche audience.

Here’s how Spinoffs Work

Say my email marketing article has these four spinoffs.

  • Autoresponders.
  • Writing a great email.
  • Email signatures.
  • Scheduling email broadcast.

Now you can see that not only am I able to stay focused on completing my email marketing article, but I’ve already got four ideas for new articles that can follow up on it.

And I wasn’t even trying 🙂

Or if I don’t want to write articles on those topics, I can create infographics, videos or images for them.

But remember this.

One of the hardest parts of creating new content is coming up with the idea.

Well, now, I’ve done it without even thinking of it.

It just occurred to me naturally as I was working on my article.

And for that reason, my new content pieces will be totally relevant to my niche and to my core message.

Because after all, they were simply spinoff thoughts from my initial blog post.

Nice, huh?

How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger

I have given you some great ideas for how to accelerate your productivity in 2019.

But simply improving productivity doesn’t necessarily make you a top blogger.

Being a top blogger is not just about creating lots of content.

It’s all about creating content that is helpful to your audience.

It’s about having a clear and defining core message that will resonate with them.

And it’s about creating interesting content that is highly relevant to that core message.

That’s why the Spinoff List is so important.

And of course, to be a top blogger, you have to do more than simply read this article about how to be more productive.

You have to actually do it.

You must put some of these things to use in your daily blogging practice.

If you do, I guarantee that you will have a far more productive blogging business in 2019.

And when you do it right, you will be on solid footing for becoming a top blogger in your niche.

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How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger

I have given you some great ideas for how to accelerate your productivity in 2019.

So what do you think?

Have you been perfectly happy with your productivity level up to this point?

Which of these ideas has resonated with you today?

Which ones are you just itching to put to use?

Do you think you now have a pretty good idea of “How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a top blogger?”

Leave me a comment below.

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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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34 Responses to How to Accelerate Your Productivity in 2019 to be a Top Blogger

  1. Amar Kumar November 8, 2019 at 4:33 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Genius selection of tools for your blogging is really a great idea to boost your productivity level. Evernote isn’t the only solution for blog management but I find it absolutely wonderful.

    It’s dead-simple to use and includes a wide array of helpful tips and tricks to keep you productive. Eventually, thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  2. Jan Verhoeff
    December 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Donna, I love the indepth way you write about blogging topics. It’s easy to grasp the concepts when they’re lined up and layed out in such an easy to digest format.

    The specific spinoff of the value in your blog post resonates with your offers, to start new blogs, or build powerful brand mechanisms.

    The takeaways are always so valid to bloggers who wish to make a profit from blogging.

  3. Gaurav Upreti December 10, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Donna

    Spin off is really a great technique. Its helpful for my jewelry blog.

    Thank you so much the article!

    Keep Posting 🙂

    • Donna Merrill December 12, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Guarav

      The spinoff list help a lot when you need to keep publishing content.

      Not just a lot of content… but highly congruent content.

      That’s because as you’re working on a project, one thought leads to another.

      When you make each of these thoughts a new article, it’s like one article leads naturally to the next… etc etc

      Great for ecomm blogs 🙂

      Thanks for mentioning that.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..When Bloggers Should Not Follow their PassionMy Profile

  4. Jason Orban
    December 7, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    This was a very in depth blog post i could tell you know your stuff.

    Well, if i take anything away from this blog post it would be your magic list idea.

    I like that idea a lot.

    I dont use tools when blogging much either so i agree with your statements time wastes.

    Dragon naturally speaking i do like to use to speed up my writing process though it is a useful tool for bloggers.

    • Donna Merrill December 12, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Jason

      It’s a good idea to do voice typing with something like Dragon or even on Google docs tools.

      That way you get your thoughts to roll while they’re hot 🙂

      Then you edit it to precision and yea… a real time saver.

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  5. Brad Lindsey
    December 4, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Donna –

    Really good stuff here! I have recently been on this guest posting kick and setting simple realistic goals for doing 3 per week in my allotted time. It has gotten tricky, for whom to ask and what they expect. Fortunately, my articles have been well received, and I am getting some requests to write on some great blogs.

    So, this has helped a bit. But I like your idea of writing a list and including goals. I have been writing and scheduling like never before and this has made a huge difference in my productivity.

    There are so many little valuable nuggets in this meaty and insightful post…that I am bookmarking this for my morning routine reading!

    Thanks you so much for sharing! Love your style:)

    • Donna Merrill December 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Brad

      Kudos with your guest posting achievements.

      It takes organization and sticking to a tight regimen I know.

      So scheduling is certainly a big thing.

      Not only “making” the schedule, of course, but also “sticking to” it.

      That’s where the productivity kicks in.

      And that’s what really moves your business forward.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Top 5 Hacks to Create Smarter Blog Content that Sells in 2019My Profile

  6. Marquita Herald
    December 4, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    Great tips Donna. I could not agree more with you about the double edge sword associated with gadgets, and I’m a huge fan of “Do Not Do” lists. One thing I’ve decided to begin doing is batching my posts – devoting 2 or 3 days at the end of each month to prep posts for the next month. I have tried different tactics to speed up my writing, but to be honest, that takes ALL the fun out of it for me. It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to an even better 2019. Enjoy the holidays!
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    • Donna Merrill December 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

      Hi Marquita

      I love my Do Not Do list.

      Every month I look back and think of the things I did that got me no results.

      Then I add them to that list 🙂

      BTW, I love the idea of taking a few days a month and just binging on writing all my articles for the upcoming month.

      Great idea… I’ll give it a try .

      You enjoy the holidays too 🙂

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  7. Jan Verhoeff
    December 4, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    Hey Donna, always a huge lot of information in your posts! I love it.

    The spinoff idea is way cool. I use something similar, I call it a matrix. Usually start with 5 – 7 ideas, and then add 5 – 7 ideas under each of those and keep building it out like a network of ideas. I can write 250 – 500 words about almost anything, so it helps to generate the fun informative posts. Then building on those creates more powerful Tower Content such as the article you’ve got here.

    It’s always fun to connect the dots of how different bloggers get ideas!

    • Donna Merrill December 11, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      Hi Jan

      Everyone’s got their own little way to keep on focus.

      Whatever works is what you’ve got to do.

      The main idea is to avoid being distracted to the point that you lose productivity.

      That kind of distraction is not only non-productive, but is really just another form of procrastination.

      Oh, sweet procrastination 🙂

      Have a productive 2019 my friend!

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  8. Nirmala S
    December 4, 2018 at 4:54 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Vishwajeet has shared your post on Facebook and I have landed immediately here to boost my productivity. I’m missing something and can’t utilize my entire spare time for blogging. I have tried a lot and improved somewhat.

    A couple of years back, I used to distract a lot with social media and other activities but when I have started to write down the goals and tasks in my personal diary, things have changed.

    I too use Evernote, it is a great tool to scribble the ideas and tasks to be done. Spinoffs looks interesting, I’ll check its details. Thanks for the great ideas to stay productive all over the day!
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    • Donna Merrill December 9, 2018 at 7:35 am #

      Hi Nirmala

      If you struggle with being easily distracted, then the spinoff list should really help a lot.

      The value there is that instead of actually getting sidetracked with ideas that pop up while you’re working, you just jot them down.

      That does 2 things.

      1. It gets them off your mind so you can stay on course with what you’re doing.
      2. It holds it somewhere safe (like Evernote, for instance) where you can grab it when you ARE ready to work on it.

      Keep at it, and make 2019 your most productive year yet, my friend 🙂

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  9. Karim Toulba
    December 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    That was a very nice read,
    Thanks, Donna for sharing this article.

    I’m actually trying to surround myself with like-minded people. And this alone keeps me motivated and hungry to achieve more with my blogging journey. Discipline is exactly what it all takes to be a productive blogger.

    Nevertheless, Keeping a list every night before sleep helps a lot. It simply lets me wake up the next morning with goals in mind. This helps very much to keep you focused and centered towards what to do next. And one more thing, establishing connections (even via blog commenting) helps to keep me motivated for more.

    All the best!

    • Donna Merrill December 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Karim

      2 important things you said here.

      1. Surround yourself with people who are doing the same thing you’re doing, up against the same challenges, and sticking to a process for success.

      when you do that, you’re in good company, and those people will help you stay “up” instead of dragging you “down”.

      2. Discipline

      It’s all about finding a good system and developing a PRODUCTIVE daily process that you work through to meet your goals.
      Then having the discipline to DO IT… consistently and laser-focused.

      You’re on the right path, my friend.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..3 Productivity Hacks to be a Top BloggerMy Profile

  10. Ryan K Biddulph
    November 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    The magic list keeps you so on purpose Donna. Like magic. Seriously. Wheel spinning ways of the past vanish when you give your blogging day to doing a series of important, mission critical tasks. Unproductive bloggers fill themselves with fear and a lack of commitment. Productive bloggers blog for fun, with love, and stay on purpose. creating and connecting and being super prolific.

  11. Shilpy Jain November 29, 2018 at 4:31 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Spin off is the great technique to not let any idea skip from the mind. It helps prevent slipping of the important topic from the hand. The main thing which a blogger has to understand is that they have to know the intent of the user. Only then they can be on the top of the bloggers list.

    Donna, your article is amazing and it has something unique to read. Thanks for writing it.

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      HI Shilpy

      Yes, you’ve got to learn the art of “harnessing” those spinoff thoughts.

      Deal with them later.

      First, stay on target.

      Then, when you get to your spinoff list later, you can develop new content from spinoff thoughts.

      Just make sure to shape it into something your readers will truly value, and you’ll have your productivity engines firing full blast.

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  12. Eki Ayemenre
    November 29, 2018 at 3:52 am #

    Hi, Donna!

    Great post!

    I love the spinoff list idea.
    I’ve realised our creative juice gets triggered when we are writing an article, and with it comes ideas for a complementary post. Most often, we forget the ideas before we know what’s happening. This is exactly why I dig the idea of a spinoff list.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      Hi Eki

      Our “creative juices” are triggered when we’re in the process of doing something.

      Start creating… something… blog post, video or whatever… and you get on a roll.

      Ideas start popping up, and take you in all sorts of different but related directions.

      Those pop-up ideas are what I call spinoffs.

      And they only happen when you sit down and start creating something.

      Procrastination kills everything, getting down to business opens all kinds of doors… even ones you didn’t know were there 🙂

      Donna Merrill recently posted..When Bloggers Should Not Follow their PassionMy Profile

  13. ammu prabha
    November 29, 2018 at 2:46 am #

    Awesome post. Being a Blogger, you must have to accelerate your productivity. Creating quality content on regular basis is very important to keep your blog fresh and more active. Always create content that resonates with your readers and thus it will create more engagement and build your authority online. Thanks again for sharing these helpful tips here.

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2018 at 8:49 am #

      Hi Ammu

      You got it.

      As important as it is to “keep your blog fresh” with new quality content, it’s also critical that your content resonates with your particular niche readers.

      When people find value and solutions on your blog, they’ll become your loyal audience, and eventually… customers and clients.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Who is your Perfect Client for your Blog?My Profile

  14. Glenn Shepherd
    November 28, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    Wow, what a great and useful post this is. I love how you took the familiar productivity tips and flipped them around. Who would have thought of having a NOT-to-do list! I will definitely have to try that.

    I also love the concept of the Spinoff list, as this is something that I’ve been doing myself for years and have found it enormously helpful. I don’t do it in exactly the same way as you, but it’s basically the same approach. What I use is the Sticky Notes app that it built into Windows. Whenever I get any kind of content idea, it goes on there, which usually happens when I’m doing something else. But, as you say, rather than get distracted by thinking too much about it right there and then, it gets jotted down onto my Sticky Note for later. And anything that comes to me while I’m out and about gets noted down on whatever is at hand and then transferred to my Sticky Notes when I get home. As a result, I have reams of content ideas, headline ideas, e-mail ideas and so on.

    Thanks for the awesome post, Donna! 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2018 at 8:47 am #

      Hi Glenn

      Yea, the NOT to-do list is huge.

      I found early on that trying to do too much is just about the same result as doing nothing at all.

      It’s like trying to find some little out of the way town you’ve heard of by simply driving down every road you can think of.

      No map.

      No GPS.

      Just try every possible road to anywhere.

      Not much chance you’ll find that little town, is there? 🙂

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  15. Vishwajeet Kumar
    November 28, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Awesome post. Being a Blogger, you must have to accelerate your productivity. Creating quality content on regular basis is very important to keep your blog fresh and more active. Always create content that resonates with your readers and thus it will create more engagement and build your authority online. Thanks again for sharing these helpful tips here.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Vishwajeet

      Yes, you have to create great content on a regular basis.

      Keep it flowing, make sure it helps our readers, and your blogging business will grow.

      Not like a tidal wave, maybe, but certainly like a never ending river.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Welcome – How Is This Blog Different?My Profile

  16. Gaurav Kumar
    November 28, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    Hi Donna,

    A blogger should focus more on adding value to the old posts than just filling his blog with new content. Bloggers has lost the idea of weekly roundup posts. Weekly blog post roundups was a great way to get traffic to the old posts. Also interlinking works for old posts. One should also focus on using available tools to boost productivity.

    Thanks for sharing details.
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  17. Bikram Kalsi
    November 28, 2018 at 5:31 am #

    Hey Donna

    Awesome article. Email outreach is really important and connecting and collaborating with new people is also very important.
    Thanks for the awesome article.
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    • Donna Merrill November 30, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Bikram

      Blogging is such a multifaceted business, isn’t it?

      Email marketing, blog commenting, building an audience… so many things you need to tend to.

      That’s one reason that it’s so important to make sure the time you spend on your business is “Productive!”

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    • Vishal NS December 11, 2018 at 1:58 am #

      First of all Thank You soo much. I’m a beginner in blogging your listings helped me a lot to get a clear picture of uplifting my productivity skills in blogging.

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