8 Things to Stay Sane in 2017 (For Bloggers & Solopreneurs with BIG plans)

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Just like other full time bloggers and solopreneurs, you also have big plans this coming 2017. You may have plans to upgrade your blogging experience, buy your domain name, set up content upgrades, set up a shop, sell products or provide services. Whatever those are, you will encounter challenges and difficulties that may distract you from achieving your goals.
Another thing that may distract you from achieving your goals is when you meet new people who share what they have achieved and how they do it. Then, you change your entire plans right away. Reason?
If you don’t have belief and dedication towards your goals, plans and ideas, it will be easy for you to have insecurities and end up changing your plans every time you get inspired by others you meet. It’s okay to get inspirations from others, but use those as your motivation not distractions. Make sure if you need to change something it is because it is the better plan and not because you just saw others did it that way.
The community of bloggers and solopreneurs is growing and if you keep allowing yourself to get distracted, you will have a duplicated or imitated content that will end up unnoticed. Why?
Because, readers and clients are wiser and they prefer unique things.
2017 will be another year of innovations, trends and changes and getting distracted could happen at a single snap. If you keep yourself distracted then you may lose your sanity. There are many bloggers and solopreneurs who become depressed because they didn’t meet their expectations. Then, they quit because they felt like they wasted time, money and effort. But the worst feeling they felt, is the feeling that they are not noticed no matter how hard they try.
To avoid being in that situation, it is important that before you kick-start your plans in 2016, you should know how to take good care of yourself. Before anything else, yourself is your biggest asset in whatever BIG plans you have this coming year.
Here I’m listing 10 things you should do this 2016 that will help you not to lose your sanity whatever happens.

1.) Put faith in everything you do

I’m not preaching here but this is the most important thing that you should keep in mind if you want to keep your sanity. It is easy to fall out of track if you neglect your faith in God. If you keep yourself connected to Him, whatever happens you will be strong enough to live your life because of His guidance. So, make Him your top priority and the center in everything you do. Don’t neglect your faith in exchange of temporary fame, wealth and achievements that you could get out from working 24 hours a day. Because if you do, no matter how productive you become in 2016, you won’t feel contentment and genuine happiness.

2.) Focus on quality

I understand that when you have BIG plans, part of it is about having more sales, clients or subscribers. And, you wanted to do more, to create more and to earn more. This year, focus on doing better by providing better content and better service. Quality is a long term strategy that will never hurt your blog or brand. Even if you just published once a month, if that post has high quality and unique content, it will be a hit. That single blog post will drive traffic to your blog.
To focus on quality, keep these three things in mind:
– Build your tribe with loyal readers, not forced viewers by providing quality content.
– Provide quality service by being professional with them.
– Create a quality content that will get your blog noticed by preparing your blog post well.

3.) Sail with your own boat

You have unique ideas and skills that you should not neglect. You should enhance those and discover more of yourself. That uniqueness will contribute to putting personality into your blog and business. And that personality is what will make your work stand out from the rest.

4.) Focus on long term strategies

One of the mistakes that most of us fall into is committing to short term strategies to market our blog and brand. That includes:
– Trade of views, comments or subscriptions
– Droplinking your blog and brand on forums or other sites
– Advertisement
– Discounts
These would help in building your exposure but these should not be your only priority. Focus on long term strategies as well. Such as:
– Publish High Quality content
– Offer High Quality service
– Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
– Building relationships with other bloggers and solopreneurs
– Taking good care of your readers and clients
Both strategies are necessary and if you have enough time to have a balance of both then that would be great. If you want to focus on one then focus more on long term strategy. Not only your readers and clients would recommend you to others for giving them quality content and service, Google will recommend you too on its search engine if you practice good SEO!

5.) Practice the art of waiting

You have expectations of course but you should be realistic about seeing results. Big brands built their brands for years and encountered several failures. So you should not be too unrealistic by wanting to see BIG results after a short period of time.
You might have heard of this quote:
Never worry about the delay of your success compared to others, because construction of a palace takes more time than an ordinary building.
So, practice the art of waiting and try to be a little more patient.

6.) Live your life

Don’t make excuses. You don’t need 24 hours to build that quality brand. Do your offline responsibilities and don’t neglect your time with family. Set up a schedule on when you should blog and when you should work. It’s alright to put schedules and to set limits with your clients. And, smart solopreneurs and full time bloggers have their day off too! Set up a day to disconnect and to do whatever with your family and friends. It won’t hurt your blog and business. If part of your marketing plan is publishing content every weekends then create your content during weekdays and use tools to schedule it on weekends. So, even when you’re offline, your content will be published.
Also, don’t neglect your personal quality time. Get fit, healthy and feel beautiful.

7.) Break down big goals into smaller goals

Don’t just list your plans and wait for it to happen. Break down those big goals into smaller goals. You could try achieving one single task/smaller goal every week or every month. Make a theme or task each month that you want to focus on. Doing these small goals will lead to achieving more because you can concentrate on one thing and that would make you complete your tasks with quality.

8.) Learn

Always challenge yourself to learn and do complicated things that will benefit your blog and brand. You may choose to learn more about SEO, marketing strategies, or even coding or designing your own website. Learning is challenging but it will always be fun and self fulfilling.
These 8 things will help you this 2016. But, keep in mind that you don’t need to let a year pass by to test your progress. You should check your self and progress every day so will know when and how to take immediate action.
Do you have other advice and tips to keep sanity in 2017? Share those on comments.

Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Roots in Marawi. Born and raised in Jeddah. Studying in Manila. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. Check more of her works on The Muslim Bricks and Hijabi Mag

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