I started practicing yoga few years ago, went in a studio 3 times a week, but now I know, I wasn’t at all serious about it until last year. Few events in my near surrounding shook my world, when I read these lines somewhere:
Ego says: “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”
Spirit says: “Find your peace, and everything will fall into place.”
I was really finding excuses for not practicing yoga because of these events, like I was not ready for it at that point. But the truth is, it was then when I needed it the most, to find peace so everything else will fall into place. These lines made me understand the mistake I was making, and that was the end of it.
Thinking about this few days ago, I realized that regular yoga practice, as well as probably any other workout routine, has a lot in common with blogging. They both require motivation, commitment, persistency, and can be really effort-needy, even painful to see out. You need to be patient to get results, but if you CAN endure, really put yourself into it and do it, you will be very HAPPY with the outcome.
Here are five tips on how to stay motivated with blogging and keep your routine, inspired by my yoga practice:
Document your starting point.
It always feels good when you can see the upgrade you’ve made, looking back at where you used to be and where you are now. By doing yoga regularly you will definitely notice your muscles becoming tighter, and you are getting stronger. Just as you would want to see yourself at the start of your regular practice, perhaps even take some photos, you would also want to be able to compare your blog’s current online presence and the results your marketing has previously produced with the later success that you will achieve.
Make a week plan.
It’s easier to procrastinate when you have to start from zero. You start looking at videos of different yoga classes and soon end up on other pages, when you realize you’ve just lost your precious time. But when you know what to practice for a whole week ahead it’s much easier to get down and do it.
Running a blog is the same. Save your blog post ideas as you have them, and once in a week decide what topics you’ll be covering on your blog in the next period. It makes blogging a lot easier when there’s something you can build on.
Get on a schedule.
We are creatures of habits and for us it’s easier to do anything when we get into a routine or on a schedule. If I skip my regular morning yoga practice, I hardly ever do it later in the day. Do some research to see what time of the day, and which days in the week are most productive for you to do specific tasks that are part of your blogging. Incorporate these findings into your weekly plans and they will be much easier to follow and meet.
Stay flexible on how you’ll fulfill your goal.
It’s best not to skip a planned exercise and break the chain of positive actions towards achieving your goal, but if it does happen, don’t beat yourself about it, just make sure it won’t continue 2, 3 days in a row. There are days when you can’t follow your routine, and that’s ok, but it is very important to get back on it the very next day. This applies to practicing yoga, and to blogging as well as you don’t want more work to pile up until you finally give up.
“Practice, and all is coming.”
This is K. Pattabhi Jois most famous quote, where he encourages patience and long-term determination while doing consistent yoga practice. And “all is coming” … at the end the results will be there – the mind and body consistently open and you can see the changes, and feel deep peace.
But you need to endure through hard times in order to live the good, and the same goes for blogging too. Know what you want, learn how to get it, and do it. Be consistent and success will be on your way. And also, don’t forget to experience and enjoy every moment of “the ride” to your end goal, – even though they are not your final destination they are still firm steps in that direction, so celebrate them.
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