Stop keeping up with the times and you’ll go the same path as Borders or Block Busters. But simply changing your strategy with the time isn’t enough. You need to be fast on your feet too.
If you’re anything like many of the writers we interact with, you have some gaps. Gaps in your goals, plans or execution. So here are 5 productivity tips that can make you a more victorious writer:
- Trapped Ideas. Having brilliant ideas trapped in your head is exhausting. So if you haven’t already, get your writing goals – both big and small – down on paper. Then categorize and prioritize.
- Piece Meal. Once you have the goals sorted out, it’s time to break them down into tinier chunks. Tell yourself you only have 15 minutes increments to make your goals a reality. In other terms, chunk your goals down to manageable, less intimidating tasks. For instance you could break your writing targets into 15 minute, 300 words, time blocks.
- Getting Started. Once you get going it’s normally much easier to keep going. So instead of worrying about writing a whole book, simply focus on firing up your writing software and on getting started. Focus on writing those 300 words. Once you’ve got that momentum going, everything normally gets easier.
- The Fun. While pushing yourself has its place, I recommend you do it with balance. Push yourself to do what you commit to but also schedule time for taking breaks, spending time with friends and family, taking walks and having fun!
- Get Support. If you’re dreaming big dreams, and I really hope you do, you’ll have tasks on your plan that you don’t know how to tackle. For instance, you might never have made a front page or contacted an agent. Seek out the people who have done themselves what you want to achieve. They know the best and fastest path to your success.
Every day is a new opportunity to make up for some of your lost time. But the longer you wait, the harder it will get to reach your goals. Start executing better today and you will finish the year strong!