All bloggers have done it…we get stuck in the Blogger Learning Curve.
You know what I mean… You take course after course. Watch webinar after webinar. Read newsletter after newsletter. Article after article. You spend so much time trying to figure out how to do it perfectly, that you stop making progress.
Have you de-prioritized the actual work of blogging?
In a profession like blogging, where things change every day and the path to success is never clearly defined, the ability to learn and adapt is so much a part of achievement. How do you prevent being overwhelmed with all there is to learn each day?
And we all know what happens when we’re overwhelmed:
If you feel like you can’t move forward until you read a book, finish a course, watch a series of webinars – or if you are spending more time learning than actually doing – you might need to Take Control of Your Learning Curve!
Let’s face it, if we’re not learning then we’re not growing.
You’ve heard the saying, everything in moderation, right?
Moderation is the key to learning as a blogger too.
You have to set boundaries, otherwise, your life will become a series of courses, eBooks, and webinars.
And you won’t have the time or energy to actually do the work and grow your own blog.
Decide what you need to learn first. What’s the most important thing for your blog right now? What do you think would benefit you the most? What do you struggle with?
That’s the area of learning you should focus on first.
Whether it’s free or paid, focus on learning one thing at a time. Anything more than that will divide your attention and eat up too much of your time, and then it becomes all about the course and less about working on your blog.
Read one book all the way through to the end before starting another. I’m embarrassed to say I have so many eBooks on my laptop, it’s not even funny. And the truth is, I used to get them and then skim through to see if I could pull the best stuff out right away.
No more. I get what I like but file it away for later when I’m finished reading my current book. If I see something that interests me, I get it and file it away to be read after I finish the one I’m currently reading.
Let’s face it, we all have our favorites , and that’s okay. I’ve loved learning from Holly Homer, Becky Mansfield, and Paula Rollo.
It’s really important you choose someone who is already succeeding at what you want to learn. Learn from someone who has actually done it, not someone who has a theory about it.
But it’s not just about who you like. It’s about how you want your blog and your business to perform.
This is a tip that works well, but it can look different for everyone.
Only you know how much you can do in a day, how much time you have, and how fast you learn. Give yourself a specified amount of time to learn.
Need help managing your time? Check out this post!
This has probably been the most helpful for me. I reward myself with learning time, like at the end of the day when I’ve done with what I need to do for my blog, I’ll take an hour to read a helpful book, do work in a course or watch a webinar. But only after I’ve finished what I need to!
This way I don’t have the guilt of avoiding my own work and not moving forward due to learning.
This is huge.
You don’t need to learn everything from everyone.
I used to think every time a new course or book came out, I needed to get it (especially if it was free!). Nowadays, I guard my time more. If it’s not on my list of things I need to learn or need help with, I pass it by.
Sometimes I have to remind myself “I will not sign up for another course I don’t have time to take.”
I’ve signed up for way too many courses that I either couldn’t attend the online training or that just sat in my inbox (like, for years!). Believe me, all it does is stress you out more.
There will always be things you don’t know that you probably should. There will always be something to learn. That’s GREAT! The learning and growth are the things that keep me excited about blogging. What about you?
Do you feel in control of your learning or is it out of control? We’d love to hear how you manage it in the comments!
Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned freelance blogger and writer who enjoys writing about everything from motherhood and marriage to working at home and blogging. She runs the Mom Shopping Network where she helps moms find great tips, amazing products, money saving deals, fun entertainment and what's trendy and hip for moms, dads, and kids! A devoted wife and mother of four, she loves the beach and NEEDS her early morning coffee.
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