Are you struggling to make time to create your own website? With our never ending to do lists and attention span of a goldfish, it can feel daunting and impossible to actually sit down and create a website ourselves. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you set your priorities straight, cut out useless tasks, and actually conquer what you set out to achieve.
1. Review where and with what you are spending your time
Productivity does not equate to working long hours. Your aim is to work smarter, not harder. What does your typical day look like? Everyone’s day is 24 hours long, and so ‘finding time’ is senseless. Your day will not magically become longer since you are taking on a new project. What you need to do is ‘make time’.
If you are working a full-time job instead of focusing 100% on website creation, the moments when you can make time will be different. If your schedule is cramped, you make time during activities that may be enjoyable but are not so productive, such as late-night Netflix binges and going out to eat. I’m not telling you to stop doing those things altogether, but cut them back. Instead of watching 5 shows in a row, watch 2 and work during the time you would be watching the other 3. Instead of going out twice in a week, go out once.
This also applies to those pointless tasks you do that can be delegated or removed altogether. Can you hire a virtual assistant or an intern to do those things for you? Are you spending hours on end checking your e-mail? If it’s not helping you achieve your goal, stop doing it. Your sole focus should be on creating your own website. At this moment, remove all activities that are not going to help you reach that overarching goal. Even if this means you have to ‘go dark’ for a few months, it will be worth it in the end.
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2. Make a list of everything you need to do
Creating a website has many moving parts. These include coming up with the idea, building the website, customizing its appearance, and promoting it once it is done. To make sure you do not forget anything along the way, write a checklist of everything that needs to be done. A sample to do list can look something like this:
Come up with the site’s purpose Create a site map Buy and connect a domain Choose the website creation platform
Building The Website
Create a coming soon page Create pages for your website’s needs (such as home, about, services and contact) Personalize each page’s design Add plugins or widgets Ensure the site is mobile-responsive
Customizing The Appearance
Come up with a brand appearance and stick with it Write and add copy to each page Ensure your site is search engine optimized Connect your site to an e-mail marketing platform
Let people know about your site on social media platforms