4 Important Tips for Bloggers to Gain Quality of Life

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A blogger's quality of lifeDoes it seem as though you keep plugging away at blogging, yet it doesn’t seem like your business is growing? Blogging is a wonderful opportunity to work from home, all while generating income for the family. Many people are turning to it, as it offers the freedom from the traditional 9 to 5, as well as flexibility.

I am grateful each day that I wake up that I only have to walk a few feet to my office. It saves time by not having to commute and money by not having to fill up as often. To say it was a smart move, is an understatement.

However, it took me a while to get into the groove of producing smartly so that I can still provide for my family and spend more time with them at the same time. I believe that what I learned along the way is very valuable and useful for anyone starting out, or wanting a boost. So, read on to learn how you can produce and also play more.

1. Setup for Optimum Comfort

Now, I’m not talking about a plush setting that will lull you to sleep. But, being uncomfortable will lead to less production. At least it always has for me.

I am referring to having an ergonomically friendly office that is designed to prevent or lessen back pains, sore wrists, stiff necks, and strained eyes. There are steps you can take that will help protect against all of this, with ergonomic equipment and tools.

A friend of mine was being treated by a chiropractor after a recent car accident, when he was given various tips to make his work space more comfortable, so he could put in a full day’s work. Or, produce more efficiently so he wouldn’t have to work a full day every day.

The desk should be the appropriate height, so your arms can rest easily on it while working on the computer. The distance of your chair to the desk also plays a role in this, as your arms should be angled appropriately so that the upper arm rests comfortably at your side, and the wrist and forearms are not reaching for the keyboard.

Other items that help the arms and wrist are the keyboard and mouse, which are also available in ergonomic designs.

Most importantly, in my opinion, is the chair. Get a chair with lumbar support, and make sure it is at a height that your feet rest comfortably on the floor. I can’t tell you how much better my back feels with the lumbar support, compared to just a basic chair.

2. Reliable and Fast Equipment

Make sure your computer is fast with high speed Internet, as it’s vital when you use the computer to make a living. You don’t want to sit around waiting for it to keep up with you, because that is wasted time. And, you know the saying; time is money.

Another great technique growing in popularity is dual monitors. Do you waste time toggling back and forth between open windows? I can’t count how many times I have gone to switch to another window, but click on the wrong one or accidentally close it out. Having a couple monitors will allow you to keep a program visible, if you want to keep a close eye on it while doing other work.

For example, if you utilize the social medias then you know they can change rapidly. Having it open on another screen will save you from having to minimize what you are working on, to constantly check updates.

3. Drill for Skills

Take some online courses to speed up your skills, or look for online drills that will help. I have used online typing tests to help improve my keyboard skills. If you can speed up your typing abilities, you can shave time off some of your work. What you do with this extra time is up to you…increase production, or play a little more.

Another way to help is by learning all about keyboard shortcuts, such as the following:

  •     Copy – CTRL+c
  •     Cut – CTRL+x
  •     Paste – CTRL+v
  •     Select All – CTRL+a

This is a very small sample of keyboard shortcuts. The more you know, the quicker you will be able to maneuver around the keyboard and computer. And, of course…that means production will speed up as well.

4. Stay Healthy

Of course if it were as simple as stating that, we would be healthy all the time. We aren’t going to be able to fend off all viruses, or aches and pains. But, we can take steps to assure we will be subjected to them less frequently.


What it boils down to is eating healthy, staying hydrated, and keeping our energy up. In addition to an overall healthy diet, get up and stretch during your day, or even go for a walk. It will boost your energy, and keep your body from getting too stiff.

Also, don’t wait until you are starving before getting something to eat. Eat a couple high protein snacks throughout the day, such as nuts or cheese. And, drink plenty of water. It keeps your body moving the way it is meant to, as well as getting you up more often to stretch.

In Closing

Hopefully I have shared enough information, making you aware that working smartly is not only possible, but necessary to increase production and ward off burn out. Take these tips and adapt them to your environment. You never know, one of these tips might inspire additional ideas for you.

This is a guest post.  Mark Harris is a successful writer and online marketer who will write on various topics. His latest series stemmed from information he was reading while visiting http://atlaschiropracticphoenix.com/, a site recommended by a friend. Mark works from home, but also enjoys an afternoon at the local coffee house on his laptop. He is married and resides in White Rock, BC. When Mark is not working, he is often found on the beach, kayaking, or hiking on Canada’s west coast.

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