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Work with the TV On

Posted by on 25th Jan 2010 | 19 comments

For bloggers and other fields that allow for home office bases, self-discipline is a necessity. There are tons of books and articles that will give you tips and tricks for how to streamline your work day and become more efficient with your time. I’ve read a couple of them, and they can be helpful. But they often give very broad ways in which you can organize your time.

For bloggers in particular, I’ve found that there is a unique combination of research and concentration (writing) time needed in order to complete their tasks. Organizing your day around these specific needs can be a matter of trial and error. An while I’m no expert, I do have a few things I’ve learned from personal experience that may be of help to other bloggers.

Select article topics the night prior.

This would be akin to picking out your outfit the night before. While your home office may keep you from having to get ready quickly in the morning, the concept of having a clear mind is still important for the process of starting your work day. Instead of stressing over what you’re going to write about for the day, you’ll wake up to a few ideas that you can work with. This not only saves you time, but it minimizes the level of stress you may encounter with having to initiate the process of beginning your work every day.

If you’d rather have the “day off” approach, try writing your articles the night prior as well. Both of these prep options may be dependent on the type of blogging you do, but any non-time sensitive content you can do ahead of time will make your regular work that much easier to do.

Download mobile apps…

…and learn how to use them without being rude around others. Mobile apps can help you to stay at work without being in an office or at home. These mobile apps, from feed readers to blogging platforms, can do pretty much everything you need these days. The biggest benefit of these types of mobile apps is that you always have the opportunity to get some work done, freeing up at least some of your time to have a more flexible day.

But getting carried away with mobile apps can sometimes make you less efficient over all. If a mobile app is cumbersome or falls victim to slower download times over a 3G network, you may be better off saving that task for later when you’re back at the computer. Additionally, staying on your phone the entire time you’re out and about defeats the purpose of leaving your work desk all together. Utilize apps with push notifications, automated features and email integration to ensure that some of your time away from the office will remain untethered to your phone.

Schedule tasks around your favorite TV show.

I don’t mean that you should get all of your work done before your favorite television is scheduled to come on. I mean that some tasks can be accomplished with the television on. Responding to comments on your blog articles, for instance, is likely something you can handle while watching TV.

Associating certain work tasks with an activity you enjoy gives you something to look forward to on any given day, and will make you more likely to accomplish all of your tasks. Instead of moaning and groaning about those little things you have left to do, pull up that DVR’d episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia and get your multitask on.


Hello all. I’m Kristen Nicole. I spend most my time (and I mean most my time) writing for various online publications in the social media space. My latest accomplishment has been co-authoring The Twitter Survival Guide. And please feel free to contact me for a discount code, or if you’re interested in helping us promote the book through our affiliate program!

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  • Posted by Anthony V. Gibby on 25th Jan 2010

    Nice! I need to pick up the habit of choosing my blog topic the night before, because everything you mentioned I have done.

    • Posted by Kristen Nicole on 25th Jan 2010

      Awesome! I've found that the simplest things make the biggest difference.

      • Posted by Anthony V. Gibby on 26th Jan 2010

        oh yea, and to make things a little clear. When i said "everything you mentioned I have done"… i was talking about all the stressing, and not knowing what to. So I meant the negative stuff. But I'll get it together. =]

  • Posted by All recipes on 26th Jan 2010

    I always plan the night before..

    I am currently managing 5 blogs and that eats up pretty much all my time. :mrgreen:

  • Posted by Hobbies on 26th Jan 2010

    Don't know about others, but I often find it difficult to write with TV on. Writing for me is quite a lonely process then anything be the topic!

  • Posted by Hobbies on 26th Jan 2010

    Don’t know about others, but I often find it difficult to write with TV on. Writing for me is quite a lonely process then anything be the topic!

  • Posted by Jom on 26th Jan 2010

    This is indeed very helpful. Working with music on is also wonderful. Try it out. :lol:

  • Posted by Jom Adastico on 26th Jan 2010

    Is there any way to speed up my work? :roll:

  • Posted by Beth on 26th Jan 2010

    Oh god! I can't imagine working with the TV or music or even other people in the room. Must.Have.Quiet!

  • Posted by Lakhyajyoti on 27th Jan 2010

    Nice article.Your design is great.

  • Posted by Movies on 28th Jan 2010

    Personally I think writing demands a bit of space and loneliness. It is slightly difficult to write with TV on. Though many people can do but then, I guess they are seasoned pro.

  • Posted by John Zemler on 29th Jan 2010

    Thank you for this post.

    I find that having topics laid out the night before works well for me, especially if I am write a series. I recently wrote a series on Anger and PTSD and once I decided on that topic I had a few days writing and posting in the bag.

    I find that it is not hard to write, it is primarily hard to get started. Always one more website or newspaper to read, etc. So I will task orient myself, get up, grade five papers, do two chores, then sit down and write the blog essay.

    Your observation on apps is very cogent: don't be rude and time lost downlaoding may really cost you.

    Thanks for your essay! Semper Pax, Dr. Z

  • Posted by Neal Winfield on 1st Feb 2010

    Great article, I subscribe to the plan your articles the night before, it works great for me. I get up early, at about 6.30 put in an hours work,walk the dog and plan the rest of my morning and am finished the hard yards by lunchtime leaving me time for a afternoon sleep, watch a DVD or read and I then put in a couple more hours around 4pm. Job done.

  • Posted by Mokibobolink on 1st Feb 2010

    Great article. I've been working on organizing my time since launching a second blog and found this very helpful. Another thing I do is make a list the night before so I know what my goals are when I get up, then I add to it throughout the day. Anything not done by the end of the day, goes on the next day's list. ;-)

  • Posted by Fran Civile on 1st Feb 2010

    I like your suggestions about preparing for the next day the night

    before… it actually compares to knowing where you've got to go if

    you're leaving the house when you get up!

    One thing I can do while watching TV is organize my documents, downloads etc..

    Thank you for a good read,

    Fran_C :)

    • Posted by kablotv on 4th Oct 2010

      thanks for article
      My recent post Ana Sayfam

  • Posted by Sue H on 1st Feb 2010

    ;-) Thanks. I enjoyed the article and many of the comments. Haven't been able to get myself on a regular schedule for blogging. Will work to do better.

  • Posted by Anthony V. Gibby on 7th Feb 2010

    Wanted to share a post from ViperChill Minimalist Internet Marketing. It has very good advice to help people be more productive – when your sitting at the computer.

  • Posted by Chris on 28th Oct 2010

    I do almost my hole work with my TV on. It can be difficult to concentrate sometimes, especially when my favorite shows are on, but it's more difficult with the TV off. I know, it's a bad habit… but hey, no one is perfect.
    My recent post The Walking Dead