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We all know how easy it is to slip into the trap of distraction, and lose productivity..especially when there’s something important to get done.

Whether you work from home, have deadlines creeping up or just need to buckle down and organise your life, here are our top seven tips for keeping up your productivity with a little help from some of our Bloggerati influencers.

1. Wake up early

Waking up early is linked to mental health, success, happiness and an overall increase in positive thinking throughout the day. According to a study conducted in 2008 by biologist Christoph Randler; people who wake up early tend to be more proactive and better decision makers than those who sleep late. Waking up early will also give you time to mentally set out your goals and what you want to achieve for the day.

So it’s true what they say; the early bird does get the worm. Rising early also leaves time in the morning for our next point…

2. Eat breakfast

Eating breakfast has been known to increase daily cognitive function and help you to stay focused for longer. Eating breakfast will provide you with the energy you need to get through your daily tasks with ease and lead you to a happier life. Don’t skip the most important meal of the day, nothing gets in your way on the road to success more than a grumbling stomach!

Jump over to Chyka.com and check out some breakfast recipes for days when a bowl of cereal just won’t cut it.

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3. Make a to-do list

The Life Creative touches on the usefulness of setting out daily tasks and weekly to-do lists in his post “the truth about working from home ”. Setting out a to-do list will help you keep track of all the tasks you need to get done for the day and crossing them off sure does make you feel accomplished! Some say effort breeds success, here at Nuffnang we say organisation is the key to success.

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4. Exercise

We all know that physical activity releases endorphins and ultimately puts us in a good mood. Getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day will help boost your mood and clear your head so you can approach your daily tasks from a different perspective. Whether you exercise in the morning as a jump-start to your day or in the evening to decompress after a stressful day, give it a go and you’ll notice the difference, we promise.

If you’re looking for something new to try, head over to KX Studios for a Yoga session. Check out Melbourne Girl’s post “KX Yoga Challenge” to read about her experience.

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5. Break up your day

We’ve all been there, you’ve stared at something for too long and it’s starting to turn in to gibberish. Taking short breaks throughout the day can help increase your energy and stamina, if your brain starts to snooze go get a cup of tea and refocus. Why not use this time as an excuse for food, go for a wander and check out some café’s, get a coffee or two… or three. Sitting in one spot doing one thing for too long is enough to drain anybody.

6. Stay Hydrated

Bloggerati influencer Amber Renae suggests staying hydrated throughout the day to achieve maximum brain capacity in her blog post “My top 3 hacks for working from home” and we agree. Even minor dehydration can influence the quality of your mood and cognitive functionality. As little as 3% dehydration can slow your reaction time to the same extent as having a 0.08 Blood Alcohol Content. Want to stay sharp and alert? It’s simple, drink water.

7. Schedule

Much like setting out a to-do list scheduling your time will help you stay on top of tasks and ensure that you get the most out of your day. Start by allotting yourself a certain chunk of time for each task you want to get done and set aside distractions (here’s looking at you Facebook). Life Love and Hiccups gives some pointers on scheduling and other ways to keep you on track and organised in her post titled “Organise Your Life”.

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We hope these simple tips help keep your productivity levels in check !

Words by: Alice Veal

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

 

Here at Nuffnang AU, we love supporting bloggers and independent retailers. This is why we are very excited to be informing you of the Sydney Market’s Blogger Awards!

• Are you based in NSW or the ACT?
• Community local shopper or do you love to support local small businesses?
• Do you love writing about all things fresh, flavourful or stylish?

The Sydney Markets Blog Awards recognise bloggers who have created insightful and interesting stories about an independent greengrocer and/or florist, highlighting the seasonal fresh produce or flowers that they work with. The awards draw attention to the contribution of bloggers who, by sharing their passion for fresh produce with their audiences through their blogs and social media channels, encourage support for independent fresh produce and flower retailers.

As part of the Fresh Awards, Sydney Markets will present two Blog Awards. These awards will recognise bloggers who have created insightful and interesting stories about an independent greengrocer and/or florist, highlighting the seasonal fresh produce or flowers that they work with. The awards draw attention to the contribution of bloggers who, by sharing their passion for fresh produce with their audiences through their blogs and social media channels, encourage support for independent fresh produce and flower retailers.


(Photo Credit: Wild Flower Arrangement via Avenue)

There is two-award categories, the Greengrocer Story and the Florist Story. Enter the competition by writing a blog post telling your Greengrocer Story or Florist Story – we’d love to hear about your favourite experience with a local retailer of fresh fruit and veg, or blossoming bouquets. Use the hashtag #thefreshawards, make sure it’s in first person of course (it’s your story we want to hear, after all!), and if your content goes live by March 31st, you’re in the running!

$2,500 worth of prizes to be won in each blog category and the lucky winners will each receive:
• $1,000 cash
• $1,000 worth of fresh produce or flowers over 12 months
• A paid commission to write two stories to be published by Sydney Markets

Blog criteria:
Entries must be;
• Written in a personalised style
• Written in the first person
• Written about a NSW/ACT greengrocer, independent retailer of fresh fruit and vegetables, florist, fresh flowers
• Promoted through the blogger’s social media channels with the hashtag #thefreshawards.
• Entries close 31 March 2016

So why not get rewarded for doing what you love? Show us your writing chops, bloggers! We can’t wait to see what you come up with! For T&C and more information on Sydney Market’s Blogger Awards visit: www.freshawards.com.au

(Photo Credit: The Sydney Market’s Blog Awards)
TJ Jaycobs
Nuffnang Community Team

This post is part of the Student Blog Series, a feature by Nuffnang interns
Author: Courtney Freeland, Swinburne University

 

In for the long haul

Blogging is a demanding task at times; it requires many hours to upkeep and come up with ideas for. At least it does in order to keep it going, and growing. It is often time restrictions that cause blogs to go downhill, as they have many elements that require constant attention.

While everyone starts a blog for different reasons, it is the next step that will affect the blog’s nature and longevity. Do you want your blog to grow? Is it more than just a journal? Do you have a passion for blogging? Will it be a regular part of your future?

Usually bloggers want more from their blogs, and this is when several important factors come into play to ensure the success and growth of that blog.

1. Commitment
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This is the most important element in blog longevity. In order to keep a blog going, posting must be somewhat consistent, and or/often. Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style says the best way to do this is to set a minimum number of post per week/month, so if life gets in the way, you have something you can stick to. Make it reasonable and work with your timetable. For example, if you work full time, 7 posts a week may be a bit much. This is also not limited to regular posting. Commitment to your audience in delivering things they are interested in, as well interaction with them. With saying that, social networks are a great way to connect with your audience and maintain your commitment.

2. Relationships

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A blog is usually a very personal thing; therefore it is important to build relationships with your readers. Asking their opinions, getting feedback, giveaways, etc. All of these will lead to good relationships with your readers. This not only will help your blog grow and last a while, but will make sure blogging does not feel like a chore. After all, readers will help your blog grow. Imogen says the relationships she has made through blogging has not only made her friends all over the world, but great opportunities too, and ensures she will continue to blog for a long time.

3. Niche

While your blog is whatever you want it to be about, it is important to have a focus, or several focuses that interest you. This will help with building your audience, and also keep you interested. Imogen says it is important to find your voice, and to keep your blog unique. This will help it stand out and also again, keep you involved. Keep in mind that while you probably will have a focus, it doesn’t mean you can’t talk about whatever you want- a blog is a personal thing.

4. Honesty and being yourself

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Blog readers have the ability to sniff out dishonesty quite well. It is important to be honest and yourself when blogging. This applies to any blog content, including brand partnerships. Nuffnang always encourages bloggers to seek out brand partnerships that are a good and natural fit for your blog content.

5. Expansion

This point depends on where you want your blog to go. However keep in mind that with success often comes growth. You may need to expand your blog through other platforms, new content, other contributors, layout changes – there will most likely be a few. With the expansion, remember to be yourself, and make sure your audience is happy – as they are key to a blog’s success.

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Ultimately, maintaining a long-term blog could be as simple as posting regularly. It comes down to what the blogger’s goals are for the blog, and where they want it to go. Like anything else, there is no formula for success; it will be different for everyone. However if you love it, and are committed, it could go anywhere.

 “If you want to blog long term, you have to just keep doing it!  In the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming!”  There is no right or wrong way to blog; there is only your way, but to become successful long-term, celebrate your achievements and keep on blogging!”- Inside out Style 

Intern
Nuffnang Community Team

Over the past 10 years of my blogging ‘career’, I’ve had no less than 20 blogs across a range of different blogging platforms. It is so easy to set up a blog: create a new username, pick a fantastic layout, and ta-dah you are now owner of a new blog. Easy.

But after all the tingling excitement from setting up your blog dissipates, you soon meet one of the most difficult challenges of blogging: how to constantly create good content. Many first-time bloggers will opt for a day of rest so they don’t have to blog 24/7 or will even take a short hiatus to refocus and refresh. But how many Wordless Wednesday posts does it take before it becomes a Wordless Everyday? How many days does it take for a temporary hiatus to become a permanent one?

Don’t let content creation stop you from keeping up with the blogosphere! Here are my best five tips for coming up with fresh content for your blog.

1) Mix up your blogging style and angle 

Let’s say you’re a food blogger and you mainly write about home-cooked recipes. While it’s good that you target a niche audience (ie. one who is on the lookout for home-cooked recipes), there is no harm in spicing up your writing angle and style. Why not broaden your blog’s scope by recreating a favourite celebrity-inspired dish or improvising an old traditional dessert recipe? You never know how much you (or your readers) might enjoy a little change!

2) Figure out the purpose of your blog 

Do you know what your readers are looking for when they read your blog? Just like how you go to a chinese restaurant for soup noodles and dim sum, you want to be able to know what your blog is offering to your audience. Take it from This Chick’s Got Style who said:

“Before you begin, take some time to define what readers should take away from your post. You might want to write down the key message of your article in one sentence and work from that concept. It’s not the easiest task, but it’s definitely worth doing because if you don’t even know what people should learn or gain from your story, they surely won’t!”

3) Plan in advance 

There will be days when you will have a belly full of fire and inspiration, and there will be other days when you can’t help but stare back at a blank “Add New Post” screen. So on the days you do find yourself full of different blogpost ideas, write them down! If you have the time, write the posts out and save them as drafts so you’ll always have a backup on the slow days. If you’d like to take content planning a step further, create your own content calendar! The Organised Housewife created the 2013 Blog Planner to help all of us disorganised bloggers become better ;) Thanks Kat!

4) Draw inspiration from your peers

Our Community Manager, Valissa once said, “Blogging is not a competitive sport” and she is right! The blogosphere is a communal and supportive society – don’t be afraid of contacting other bloggers for help and ideas. Do you have a favourite blogger you’d love to feature on your blog? Can someone else offer your readers some expertise that you might not possess? One of my favourite examples was when Sesame Ellis was featured on Childhood101’s Our Family Home series.

5) Be a wallflower

Next time you’re out and about, make it a point to be more observant: look what’s happening around you, take small notes about whatever catches your attention, and reflect on the little things. A little kid’s smile may spark you to write about your hopes for your children, a homeless man begging on the pavement may make you reflect on how blessed you are in life, a singer busking on a Friday night may remind you of how much you wanted to pursue your dreams of being a rockstar when you were a teenager. You’d be amazed at what you’ll be able to write about when you take the time to step back and observe what’s going on around you.

Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team
Missed out on last Thursday’s webinar? Check out the replay here!

In this exclusive presentation, Nuffnang chatted with Ivan Lim, head of marketing at Tweaky.com, who showed us how you can use Google Analytics efficiently on your blog to extract insightful data. Amongst many things, we touched on engagement metrics, how to track SEO traffic, and how to create custom reports for your blog.

Have any questions for Ivan? Leave them in the comments below or connect with him on Twitter at @ivanmelvin
Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team

 

Have you been sparked with a new blog post idea while taking a shower? Perhaps you whip your phone out to take pictures every few minutes, thinking, “This is so going on my blog”? Or you start experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you go even a day without blogging? Well, congratulations! You are officially a blog junkie!

With the love of blogging running deep within all of us, there are of course, blogs out there that inspire us; wouldn’t it be great if we could share those blogs with everyone? That’s the idea behind Blog Day!

Blog Day was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest, and Nuffnang is proud to be celebrating the 6th Blog Day anniversary on 31st August 2011!

On Blog Day, bloggers will post a recommendation of 6 new blogs, and this way, everyone will find themselves discovering new, previously unknown blogs thanks to the viral effect of social media. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Here’s how you can be a part of Blog Day 2011:

  1. Spot 6 new blogs that interest you the most, preferably blogs which are different from your own culture, point of view and attitude.
  2. In a blog post, share with us why you have recommended those 6 blogs – are they funny? Do they tell unusual stories? Maybe the photos are out of this world?
  3. Publish your blog post about your 6 recommendations by 11.59 pm, 31 August 2011.
  4. Submit the permalink of your blog post about your recommendations as a comment on this blog post.

The best part about Blog Day? You get rewarded if your recommendations get us raving over new awesome blogs! From all BlogDay 2011 recommendation posts received, one Nuffnanger will be chosen at random to be our Nuffnang Featured Blogger of the Month for the month of October as well as their choice between a $100 Westfield voucher OR a $100 Virgin Australia voucher! Winners will be announced on the 2nd of September.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm, 31 August 2011, so hurry, go out and discover blogs now! Happy Blog Day to all! :)

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