My last post explained technical tips for staying on task with your blog website. This is a second installment that gives tips for more off-page, lifestyle behaviors you can do to stay persistent with your website. The following are those types of behaviors that encourage your work.
1. Be flexible
This goes for Life in general - Life with the capital L. Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you don’t achieve a goal or miss a time you set aside to work on your site, don’t beat yourself up. Discouragement is a worse enemy than the actual missed appointment because discouragement cools off your enthusiasm in the long run. Successful webmasters know that they have to stay in it for the long term. So brush yourself off, it's not the end of the world.
2. Join a forum
The Soholaunch forum is a buzzing community of Soholaunch users who help and encourage each other. You can register for free and start participating. Of course, there are other forums out there for webmasters and different niches. But they all boil down to putting you in touch with like-minded people who can help you stay on track with your website and not make your work feel so solitary.
3. Have a goal in mind
It helps to have a vision of what you want to achieve. It could be more learning based, like you want to learn how to do x with your site. Or it could be a website traffic benchmark. For some, this helps them focus their attention more. This is good because humans have a unique ability to lose interest fast if they don’t have something that captures their attention.
4. Make your work environment hospitable
If your computer is cluttered with zillions of desktop icons and empty folders, and you are overwhelmed with how messy your usual website work-place is, it’s time to tidy up. When your environment isn’t organized, it could discourage and distract you. Take the time to organize your computer and room, then begin your website work.
5. Make sure you’re having fun
Psychologists say that romantic couples don’t stay together if the bad times outweigh the good times, and that applies to websites too. This doesn’t mean there won’t be work involved, but it’s important your work feels worthwhile. This takes your own experimentation. Maybe you read somewhere about a cool new feature on the web and you want to apply it to your site. Or you look forward to listening to a new playlist of music when you sit down at your computer.