It’s easy to get distracted, especially when doing something that requires you to sit down and focus. Not to mention all actions, errands and chores you may need to take care of during your day. So how can you as a writer make the most of your writing time?
Here are seven simple but powerful steps that can help you stay productive and focused on the task at hand.
- Your Blur. Close out anything on your computer that has nothing to do with your project (opened emails, your Facebook browser, etc. And put your phone on silent (unless, of course, you’re awaiting a very important emergency phone call).
- Your Limit. Use a timer to set a time limit for your work time. Make a start and end time you can commit to. Setting a goal and a physical time can help you be more become more accountable to sticking with the work regiment you set aside for yourself.
- Your Boost. Writing can be a tedious task that can burn you out faster than anticipated. Taking breaks can prevent this, giving your brain time to refresh itself. And don’t just spend your break browsing Pinterest. Get out of your chair and stretch. Have a healthy snack or do something else that doesn’t involve mental stamina.
- Your Inspiration. It’s important to discipline yourself into finishing a project even if you don’t want to. However, it’s also important to write when your inspiration and motivation is at its highest. As a result, your best work will come through.
- Your Basics. A great tool to use, and one that we’ve learned as early as grade school, are outlines. Creating a visual structure of what you want to say keeps you on point and focused on the main points you want to get across.
- Your Day Off. Taking the time to sleep on an idea and taking a look at it with a fresh pair of eyes the next day can give you that adequate amount of space and time to clarify exactly what your message is and what changes you may need to make that you normally wouldn’t spot when quickly proofreading.
- Your Auto-Correct. You can’t publish inferior material. So you might perceive that everything needs to be perfect throughout the writing process. But it’s important to turn off your spell check feature when writing out your first draft. Edit later, or even better have someone else do it for you.
Utilize these 7 writing productivity tips and apply them to your routine. It can significantly help you perform. They can also hone your writing abilities. So make sure you’re making the most of these tips.