3 Tips for Getting Back on Track With Your Blog or Online Business

Many of you know I’ve been rather ill lately. I think my headache when on for nearly five days non-stop. I had a fever off and on in there and horrible body aches. It was no fun at all. It was a lot of sleeping and watching Doctor Who on Netflix. (I’m part way through season 2 now.) Now I’ve finally spoken to the doctor and I’m feeling so much better.

Unfortunately I fell pretty behind and when you’ve gotten used to not working it can be really hard to get back into the habit. I’m working on it and wanted to share three things I’m doing to get back on track.

Note: This is what works for me. There are some people who can just get right back to work. For me that quickly leads to feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

1. Don’t overload yourself right away. Pick one minor and one moderate task to do each day and focus on getting those out of the way.

Obviously my normal day is more than two little tasks, but that’s what I’m focusing on for now. My minor task is updating my Facebook page. My moderate task will be a blog post for my Christmas site.

Today I actually added a new product and wrote a blog post as well as putting this one together so I did pretty well for getting back on track. I also did a handful of other tasks including grocery shopping.

For a minor task pick something like emailing your list, engaging in social media, sending out emails to a few potential affiliates, or something along those lines. A moderate task would be something like writing an article or two, posting a blog post, making some new graphics, or anything along those lines. I prefer to hold off on major projects until I’ve been able to manage sticking to my schedule for a few days, otherwise you’ll end up overworking yourself and falling back out of your schedule.

2. Work before you do anything else if at all possible.

It’s easy to turn on Netflix, go out to do something, or just bounce around on Facebook rather than working. Instead, get those two tasks out of the way BEFORE you do anything else. Don’t let yourself get distracted.

Remember, it’s just two simple tasks. It’s nothing that is going to take hours and hours. Do those and then check your email, dabble on Facebook, or whatever else.

3. Take time to plan.

Write down what your two daily tasks will be for the next three days. On day four go ahead and add an extra task. Set some goals for over the next week. What needs to get done?

Bonus tip:

Don’t be afraid to step away from the computer after those two tasks are done. Sitting on the computer and NOT working can actually make things worse. It makes it harder to separate “work” time from “whatever” time. Go outside and go for a walk. Maybe clean up the house. If you’ve been having trouble working you’ve probably been having trouble cleaning. I know my place is a mess right now.

What do you do when you find yourself off track?

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  1. Hi Amanda,

    Sorry to hear that you have been unwell. Getting back into your routine is really difficult. This is the same problem I had when I went away on holiday. It took a few days to want to get back to business as I got used to lounging on the beach doing nothing.

    The points you made are great. Just do the little tasks and slowly build back up to your normal routine.

    Take care

    By the way – what are your thoughts on the new choice for Dr Who? I am not the biggest fan and didn’t watch the last season. I might tune in with this new guy though. What do you think?
    Victoria Virgo recently posted..5 Lessons Learned from Doing a 30 Day Article Writing ChallengeMy Profile

    • I’m not far enough to really have too much of an opinion. Personally I really liked the first guy from the revamp and when David Tennant showed up I hated him but now I’ve developed more than a tiny crush on him.

  2. I experience this all the time…especially this past summer break, with three kids all home and bickering EVERY bloody day! Your points are spot on…and I especially believe in getting the work done first. I often find that if I start working I get into a ‘groove’ and don’t want to stop, lol! Of course, it helps that I love what I do. I just don’t always like the aimlessness that comes over me if I don’t have very specific steps in place for myself.
    On a side note, your Christmas site looks awesome! My British Christmas site has yet to make any sales, but I’m pretty new to the whole IM/affiliate thing, so there’s probably a few things that could be tweaked. It’s hard keeping up with the two blogs I have…I don’t know how you do it!
    Hope you are feeling much better! Sucks to be sick! 🙁
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  3. Hi Amanda, it is very hard to find your balance again after an illness or time off for a holiday. Even when I worked at Defence full time, it took me a week to get all my work organised and back into a routine that I was comfy with.

    I spent two days in hospital this week and this has thrown me off balance a bit. I have done one job for a private client and wrote an article for a client on Hire Writers, and have been posting some of my Bubbles and new stuff over at Teckler and Post Any Article. You should really check out Post Any ARticle, i think it is awesome, it does not pay as much as Bubblews, however I think if you work hard there you could get very close to what Bubbs is paying.

    My minor procedure that I had done on Monday has really thrown me, it was nothing awful, just a dilation procedure on my pyloric stenosis, that I have been nagging my doctor about doing for a year now. The only draw back was the pain afterwards and tiredness all the time from the pain meds, however I feel human again now, so time to hit the writing and get myself back on track. Thanks for this post, some really good advice here.
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    • I get sick too often this time of year and it never goes away quickly. It leaves me feeling icky and out of wack for weeks sometimes. It’s probably my biggest weakness in my business.

  4. Oh my gosh, don’t even get me started on housecleaning. My office constantly looks like a major sh*t storm flew through here. ROFL

    I am really bad at keeping this mess at bay. The rest of the house, no problem. For some reason the office is different. Why is that?
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  5. I was actually just about to write an article like this for my website but you beat me to it.

    I know how difficult it is to start working after a break. Something that helped me to be more productive is to simply switch locations and sit upright.

    When you start slouching you slowly melt into your bed or couch until you are practically lying down with your nose pressed against your laptop screen. When I need to work it really helps to sit on a sturdy dining room chair and work at a table or desk.

    Of course, if you already do that, maybe head to a coffee shop or something…

    Great post!
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    • I actually got out of my funk by working from Burger King. I spent days unable to do much of anything but got 5 articles written in two hours when I sat down at Burger King. It really helped!

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