13 “Easy Win” Blogging Tasks for When You’re Feeling Unproductive

(Last Updated On: March 8, 2017)

We all have those days. You know what I’m talking about–the kind of day when you planned to get a lot of work done, but you’re distracted, or exhausted, or just plain unmotivated.

You should be writing epic content or outlining your ebook or creating a new marketing plan. But your heart’s just not in it, let alone your brain.

When you’re having one of those days, satisfy your inner critic by working on these “easy win” blogging tasks instead.

These tasks are still important, but they require a little less energy and a little less brain power than writing or creating.

We all have those days. You know what I’m talking about--the kind of day when you planned to get a lot of work done, but you’re distracted, or exhausted, or just plain unmotivated. When you’re having one of those days, satisfy your inner critic by working on these “easy win” blogging and business tasks. Pin now and read later!

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Update plug-ins and the theme on your website.

If you never have time to run those pesky, and constant, updates on your website, do it now. Just remember to backup your website before you run updates. Even if your hosting company says they run back-ups, double check that this is actually true! I use WPEngine, and one of the things I love is that it backs up my site daily.

Delete non-essential plug-ins and themes.

You really only need one theme, so delete all the extras that you’ve tried and rejected. (Before I settled on Divi from Elegant Themes, I tried a dozen of the 87 themes that came with my Elegant Themes subscription…hehe!) Same for plug-ins, if you’re not using it or you don’t truly need it, delete it. This will help protect your site and speed up the load time for you and your readers.

Look for photos to use in future blog posts.

This is one of my faves, I love looking for styled stock photos when I’m feeling unmotivated. Here’s a great round-up of free styled stock.

Load up your social media scheduler.

Yes, I often write about how social media can be addicting and distracting, but if you’re too tired to do any other work, it’s fine to hop on your favorite network and look for new material to share with your followers. I use Smarter Queue to schedule my social media posts, and I love it because the interface is so clean and easy to use.

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Read content.

Some of us (ahem, me) use reading as a tool to procrastinate. But if you read content with a purpose in mind, it’s a good use of your time. Here are some good reasons to read content: get new ideas for your own blog or newsletter, learn new strategies or techniques, keep up with trends in your industry, add great content to your social media scheduler.

Follow influencers on social media.

This is a task that often gets bumped down my to-do list. If you haven’t found new followers in a while, try searching by hashtag or check out who your biz/blog crush follows and follow those people too.

Make it happen

Organize your documents.

It’s gotta be done, so you might as well do it now. Delete files or sort them into appropriate folders. If needed, rename documents to make them easier to find. Don’t forget to check dropbox, google drive, and documents on your hard drive. If you need a little motivation to get started, then sign up for my free challenge: Organize Your Digital Life.

Organize your emails.

Think how great you’ll feel if you get your inbox organized. Delete old emails, file anything you want to save, and unsubscribe from newsletters that aren’t helpful to you any more.

Streamline your social media.

Unfollow people who don’t interest you or who share too much spam/self-promotional stuff.  Leave the groups or group boards that no longer fit your niche or needs.

Create images for future blog posts.

If you already have a content calendar created and you’ve collected some photos, then making beautiful images for each blog post can be a relaxing way to get something done. I use Canva for Work to make my images.

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Double check the forms on your website.

Sign up for every opt-in and fill out every contact form on your website just to make sure everything is working.

Grow your network.

Join Facebook groups or Pinterest group boards in your niche. I used the resource Find Your Tribe Online to speed up this process. It’s a spreadsheet with more than 450 Facebook groups and more than 400 different Pinterest group boards in 25 different niches! With the spreadsheet in hand, it took me less than 30 minutes to join a dozen new groups and group boards.

Review your bookkeeping.

Make sure you’ve added recent income and expenses to your accounting system. I like to use a paper planner for everything, so I track income and expenses in my Daily Greatness Business planner. File your business receipts for tax season (I have a folder in gmail for email receipts and a folder in my desk drawer for paper receipts). Trust me, when tax season rolls around you’ll be so happy that you stayed on top of your finances.

And finally, hang in there! Your energy and motivation will be back, and you should feel great that you managed to get some work done, even if it wasn’t the work you had planned on doing.

Ready for some more easy wins? Download my list of 42 things you can do tonight to make tomorrow more productive.

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  • I love this post Emily- and it’s perfect timing too!

    I’m having this exact kind of morning at the moment- I’d scheduled in a heavy writing session but my words are just getting jumbled up so I’m going for a small win instead, until the coffee kicks in 🙂

    Thanks for putting this together- small wins are the magic big wins are made of 🙂

    • I LOVE that: “Small wins are the magic big wins are made of.” Whew, my whole week has been focused on the small wins, so I’m hoping a fresh start on Monday will get me back in gear. Fingers crossed that your coffee has kicked in! 🙂

  • Thanks for this list! I do some of these when I’m too tired to think. .but then I still feel unproductive since I didn’t do the ‘big’ task. But reading this made me realize these things are really important too! And it does feel so good mentally to have an almost empty inbox and desktop. Some more good ideas for my late night working! Thanks!

    • I sometimes feel guilty or unproductive too when I didn’t accomplish my big goal, but as you pointed out, these tasks are still useful and important! Plus, they feel like a compromise. I may not have achieved my main goal for the day, but at least I didn’t go binge on Netflix shows. 🙂

  • Stay on top of what’s coming up next by asking Alexa to read you all the tasks left on your to-do list for today. Just say, “Alexa, what’s on my to-do list?” It’s like having someone you can always rely on to tell you exactly what to do next.