Are you running behind goals but not achieving them? Or are you running so fast that you do now know where your goals stand? In both cases, you need a “pause” button. Press Pause Please!
The pause I am talking about is a temporary stop. In blogging terms, this refers to stopping a bit and then looking back.
This helps you to analyze and keep up with your goals.
Pause may refer to a rest, hesitation, or temporary stop. – Wikipedia
When you fast forwarded them, what happened? Everything moved very fast. At twice or thrice the normal speed.
As a kid, I used to do this a lot as seeing people doing things very fast was kind of different and enjoying.
Ahh… Little did I know that I will myself live a lifestyle where this “fast forward” mode would be normal! Our lives are becoming fast and we are doing a lot of things at same time.
We are doing same with blogging!
As bloggers, we are in fast forward mode doing lot of things at blazing speeds. As if God has pressed the fast forward button.
Wait, there’s one thing that I did not tell you about VCRs.
When fast forwarding, some frames were missed too!
And guess what, we too, are missing many frames. We are missing many important moments in this speedy life. We are forgetting many aspects of blogging in what has become fast-blogging.
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Pause button will just stop everything and let you think. Let you reflect on your actions. Let you analyze the situations and take better decisions.
Most of us are either:
- Forgetting the goals and running ahead without any sense of direction or..
- Obsessed with goals up to a point where they are stopping our growth.
If you are from first group, you are applying lot of effort but not getting much result because it is spread in every direction.
If you are second type, you are putting in less efforts but expecting too much from those. You are also spending lot of time watching every goal. A good example is checking AdSense earnings 20 times a day!
The pause button will help you. It will let you get your direction back.
How To Use The Pause Button?
First, go to your doctor, ask him for a complex brain implant and remove one of your eyes to make space for pause button….
OK, now that’s a bit too much!(But isn’t it a perfect plot for a horror movie? )
Seriously, here’s how to use the pause button:
First, you need blogging goals. Set up some realistic goals. For more, check out: Why And How To Set Up Blogging Goals.
Next, write your goals in a notebook or spreadsheet.
Maintain A Spreadsheet Or Notebook
Now comes the most important part. Maintaining that spreadsheet or notebook.
I’d advice using a spreadsheet and make columns for different stats like analytics stats, AdSense earnings or other things.
On regular intervals, update it to see how you are progressing. This will keep up you on path and let you know if you are doing something right or wrong.
But what do I mean by “regular intervals”?
How Often To Update
Updating frequency is very important. This is when you are in pause mode.
I’d advice doing it monthly or weekly.
By doing it weekly, you can make sure that you work six days at your full potential and then on the seventh day, rest a bit and analyze what you did and what output did it produce.
Doing it monthly is an option for those of us who are busy. This will give you bigger picture and tell which things to repeat to keep the momentum going.
Does It Work?
I have analyzed my goals and stats monthly since November 2014 and just finished compiling results for January 2016. I am now even more energized to write more.
What are you waiting for? Go, press pause, analyze goals and then share how it’s like!
Remember: Only analyze the stats on weekends or once per month and then forget about them. This will help you stay on track.
10 Second Version
Need to leave fast? Then just read the 10 second version of this post:
- Pause In Blogging = Stopping for a moment to analyze your goals and statistics.
- Why? Because it helps you to save time otherwise spent on repeatedly checking stats and stay on goal.
- How? By Maintain a spreadsheet.
- When To Check? Monthly or weekly. Apart from that, forget the stats!