Everyone has heard the mantra. Work smart and not hard.

Few choose to live by it.

Often hard-work is considered easy to begin with unlike smart work that requires thinking and planning.

I think it was Honest Abe who said that if you give me 6 hours to chop a tree, he’d spend the first 4 sharpening the ax.

Doesn’t seem like much of an advice for cutting down a tree. But despite how it sounds and looks, the advice is solid and works.

You aren’t superman or woman

You feel like you could take up a ton of tasks and finish them in a day. A day often means 8 hours of work.

You plan on writing 3 blogposts, email your subscribers and do outreach within this 8 hour gap.

Odds are you’ll end up on the couch with Manhunt Unabomber.

Instead of trying to do everything, make a realistic plan on what you can achieve with the day.

How long does it take for you to write a post or craft an email newsletter?

If you don’t know take a timer and chop-chop.

Now that you got a practical estimate, hustle towards doing as many tasks as you are able to.

Adequate rest is important. Don’t ditch that.

Don’t answer emails you don’t have to

If you’re like me you often get unsolicited guest post requests. I don’t allow guest posting and I still get tons of them.

No name emails that address me as sir/madam who have great content on travel and financial tips which they find would be a great fit for my audience— an insight they gained after reading my blog for years.

Bullshit- plain and pure.

You could take your time kicking up a storm. Fire off a fiery mail with a tirade of a rant.

But to what end?

The person on the other end wouldn’t probably read it if at all.

They’re going to learn from their mistakes.

It isn’t going to help anyone.

But does it sponge of your precious time?

Of course it does. You’ve just wasted 10 minutes of your time reading and replying the mail.

Because you’re excited and angered you’ll find it difficult to get back to what you were doing earlier.

Don’t try to fix the world.

It’s not your forte.

Instead focus on things that ARE your forte—blogging for one.

Spammers don’t deserve your time or attention. Why give it to them?

Bottomline

You shouldn’t let your ego come between blogging success and you.

Focus on the larger picture and work towards it.