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Website Self-Care 101

Website Self-Care 101: Creating a Nurturing Online Environment

Looking to give you website a little self-care? If there’s one lesson we learned from the challenges of 2020, it’s the importance of self-care. Personally, I realized that I haven’t been taking care of myself as much as I would have liked, but in 2021, I’m determined to do better. Self-care extends beyond pampering; it’s about nourishing our minds, bodies, and souls.

I didn’t meet my #20in2020 list of posts that I wanted to write last year. I only wrote 10 posts in total. That’s half of my goal. I want to do better in 2021 by finishing that list and write more. To give my website the self-care it needs, I have to learn how to make time for myself. I have to learn to put myself first, instead of pushing it to the side for something else.

Let’s explore practical ways to incorporate self-care into our lives, prioritize our well-being, and make progress towards our goals.

Let’s embark on this journey of self-care together!

Setting Boundaries

To prioritize self-care, it’s crucial to establish boundaries. Start by defining your values and mapping out the actions required to align with them. For instance, if quality time with a loved one is important to you, schedule regular date nights to nurture that connection. Similarly, in the context of my website, I value quality over quantity, so instead of striving to post every week, I’ve set a realistic goal of dedicating time to write 500 words per day. Saying “no” to distractions allows me to create the necessary time and focus to achieve this goal.

I’d like to reach a point where I am posting once per week, but I value quality over quantity so I know I won’t be posting that much. A more realistic value is to set aside time to write 500 words per day instead. To help me reach this value is to say “no” to everything else going on. This creates the time and focus for me to sit down to write.

Creating a To-Do List

Begin each day by identifying the top five tasks you want to accomplish. This creates a tangible checklist to guide your day. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with an endless list of website tasks, so focus on setting achievable goals. By selecting the top five tasks that truly matter, you’ll make progress without feeling overwhelmed.

For instance, if improving SEO or optimizing content organization are priorities, allocate dedicated time to address those areas. Setting time limits for tasks also ensures efficient use of your time.

There’s so many things to fix on my website that the list seems endless. Making a simple top 5 tasks that I’d like to complete for the day will set me up for realistic and manageable tasks. If I want to write more or to clean up SEO on older posts, then that’s a choice I need to make. I also need to set time limits on these tasks.

Reflecting

At the end of the day, reflect on your accomplishments and the process you followed to complete tasks. Take note of what worked well and consider how you could improve your approach. This practice helps refine your productivity strategies. Similarly, for your website, assess the time it takes to write a post and explore ways to expedite the process.

If SEO or content organization are areas of concern, allocate a specific time frame to work on enhancing those aspects. Reflection allows you to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth.

The same goes for your website. If writing comes easy to you, how long does it take to write a post? Can you find ways to write it faster? If you’re problem areas are focusing on SEO or content organization, can you take a week off of writing on focus on improving in those categories as well?

Progress Not Perfection

Shift your focus from striving for perfection to celebrating progress. The pursuit of perfection can sometimes hinder our motivation to even start a task. As we enter the new year, set smaller goals that are attainable and build momentum.

For instance, my goal is to write 300 words per day, recognizing that progress can be made one step at a time. It may not equate to an entire post, but it provides a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to complete posts more efficiently than in 2020.

Share Your Self-Care Tips

I would love to hear your self-care tips! Feel free to share them in the comments below. Let’s inspire and support each other on our self-care journeys.

What are you self-care tips? Share them with me in the comments below.

Prioritizing self-care is a transformative practice that allows us to nurture ourselves and make progress towards our goals. By setting boundaries, creating focused to-do lists, reflecting on our accomplishments, and embracing progress over perfection, we can weave self-care into our daily lives.

Remember, self-care is an ongoing journey that requires patience and self-compassion. Let’s embark on this journey together, supporting and uplifting one another. Here’s to a year filled with self-care, growth, and well-being!

XOXO,
Katie

Read more: What Is Self-Care, and Why Is It So Important for Your Health?

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Katie Kinsley

Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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18 Responses

  1. It is always good to see what your colleagues are having success with. I will try to follow a few of these tips and see the results.

  2. You are so right about not focussing on being perfect. I’ve been blogging for about 10 years now and believe me when I say it’s not a perfect blog by any means. 🙂 But its so much fun to do.

  3. I need to work on this! I have a problem where I like to keep adding things to my plate but then I miss out on other things…like SLEEP!

  4. I really need to learn to make time for myself. I tend to be the last on the list so always overlooked. I’m always busy working or running around after the kids.

  5. At the start of the year, I wrote a blog post about having a “reset” this 2021. It includes being more intentional in what I do, including having a planner/to do list to make my day more productive, just like what you wrote above. I enjoy checking off my to do list now.

  6. Absolutely. We shouldn’t forget of taking care of ourselves. A beautiful mind comes a beautiful outcome.

  7. For me, there’s no such thing as perfect so I’m just continuing to do things that gives me joy and makes me happy…and blogging is one of them. 🙂 Great tips!

  8. An amazing article that definitely will make us be on the right track especially this 2021 as we conquered 2020 with so much adversity on the pandemic that the world has just experience up to now.

  9. I only started using a to-do list and it has been great so far. I can’t believe how much I achieve now with my lists. I always write 5 things that are manageable to achieve every day and it’s working. My biggest thing is consistency now, I hope I can be consistent.

  10. I never thought about this! But I work full time 10 months of the year and then the other months are for catching up on everything that I neglected, so it kind of makes sense!

  11. I think ever since I attended and spoke at BlogHer16, and watched the keynotes talk about self-care, it’s been a continuing mission to dedicate time towards self-care. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but as I built the habit of doing smaller activities and occasionally something big, I really have embraced it. A lot of people forget that boundaries aren’t just for other people, but for themselves too.

  12. Reflection and setting boundaries are someof my takeaways last year. Writing is one of my passion and it helped me a lot especially during the lockdown. there is no such thing as perfect. Every day is still a learning process. Just keep on sharing and continue our passion but of course, we need to take good care of ourselves. It’s a must!

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