Not gonna lie: When I started setting blogging goals, it changed. the. game. for me. Every day I was feeling disorganized and not sure where to focus – write a new post? social media? SEO? That being said, when I started setting goals, it gave me a clear vision of what I wanted for my blog and how to break that down into daily tasks! SO, buckle your seat belt because I’m sharing all my secrets for setting blogging goals!
My Secret to Setting Blogging Goals
Step 1: Create Quarterly Goals
When you set goals, start big and work your way smaller and smaller until you get into daily tasks. So, take a look at the next 3 months (a quarter!) and write down 5-6 goals. They could be things like…
- Grow my Instagram by 200 followers
- Set up an Etsy shop
- Check/Improve SEO of old blog posts
- Create 3 new Pinterest images for each of my top 10 blog posts
These goals all depend on the direction you want to take your blog as well as how much time you have. Keep them realistic! If you have a huge goal that’s going to take up loads of time, then only choose 2-3 goals.
For each goal, write out all the big tasks to complete it. For example…
Goal: Grow my Instagram by 200 followers
- Post 4x/week
- Find 10 new accounts to follow each week
- Make a spreadsheet of relevant hashtags to use in my posts
- Batch content on a weekly basis
- Have a monthly photo session
We start with a big goal, then break it down into the tasks to work towards that goal.
Step 2: Break it down into monthly tasks
Now, we need to figure out how to fit these goals into each month. Maybe you’ll focus on 2 goals each month, or work on all your goals each month. My favorite way to do this is through a monthly content calendar in the Digital Planner for Bloggers.
Take the planner and map out your tasks in a little more detail. For example, mark on the calendar when you want to post on Instagram and the general topic. Such as, “IG Post – Home Decor.” Choose the days to take photos for Instagram and plan ahead for them. You can also mark due dates on your calendar, such as, “Finish editing photos for Instagram.”
Make sure to include any other tasks you want to complete during the month, like other social media posts, blog posts, pitching your products or blog, creating a new product, etc.
Step 3: Plan your weeks from the monthly calendar
Now you have an easy way to put together your weekly to-do list! At the beginning of each week, take a look at your monthly calendar and plug in your tasks. You can add even more details and other miscellaneous tasks, too. I like to include things going on in my week, like lunch dates and appointments.
That wasn’t too painful, am I right? Now, the trick is to stay consistent with this method! When I’m feeling out of sorts, it’s usually because I don’t have a clear direction with my tasks. Honestly, it’s taken some discipline to actually use my planner, but my productivity skyrockets when I’ve filled out my weekly agenda.
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Vox22 Dec 2018
Though we’ve been blogging for about two years now, it took until recently for me to feel like I have some sort of order to the way things are done. For the first time, we are laying out an editorial calendar for 2019 that is organized by themes for each month–I got the idea from another blogger whose name escapes me now. It sounded easy and it certainly is easier than the flying by the seats of our pants (as we have pretty much done until now). We run a blog, a YouTube channel and a podcast, so having weekly posts for each platform had been a goal that we have finally gotten used to meeting. With the help of some of this advanced planning, we should feel a little calmer about getting that content out, as well as tackling other larger goals, like finishing our first eBook and our first email course. Thanks for reminding how much better it feels to be organized.
hayley24 Dec 2018
Thanks so much for your comment, Vox! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, but I’m glad you’re taking time to create an editorial calendar. It will definitely make planning easier and save you a lot of time in the year to come. Best of luck next year!
Amanda4 Jan 2019
Brand spankin’ new blogger here. What a helpful post! Keep up the great work. Happy New Year!
hayley4 Jan 2019
Yay! So glad you stumbled upon this post! Happy blogging! 🙂
Debbie17 Jan 2019
I know I need a content calendar for my blog but it has just been one of those things I haven’t done yet but it is top in my must-do now. It has been hard for me to stay consistent because I am trying to do too many things at the same time. I like the tip you gave on breaking it down into monthly tasks, I do that for my other life goals but had not done it for blogging yet. I will definitely get my calendar done this week and hopefully be more organized. Thank you for your post.
hayley17 Jan 2019
Absolutely! I’m glad you found this helpful! Making a content calendar that’s at least a rough idea of what you want to do each week provides sooo much clarity into the direction of your business and day-to-day tasks. Best of luck! 🙂
Grant Elyce28 Feb 2019
Thank you so much for your content! I’m a brand new blogger and I was feeling so overwhelmed. But this post gave me a fire and a plan. So thank you!
hayley2 Mar 2019
Woohoo! Go Grant! So excited for you to dive into blogging and start kicking butt. Hopefully I can continue to be a resource for you! Best of luck! 🙂