Today we live in a world of multi-tasking. Our minds are continuously cluttered with all the things we have to get done. For a writer, this can be problematic. If a writer is unable to relax and focus on the task at hand, then meeting a deadline can be frustrating.
The top questions I get are from writers who want to know how they can more easily meet their deadlines. There are three keys to help writers to stay on track and get their assignments finished on time. They are –
(3). Attention to Detail
I call this the RFA guideline. It makes it easy to remember and to implement each time I sit down to write.
The first order of business is to relax. I like to take five or 10 minutes to sit quietly and meditate. I realize that not everyone meditates, so anything you can do to relax and clear your mind will be beneficial to the process.
When you attempt to write while you are anxious and your mind is all over the place, you spend a lot more time correcting yourself, and the quality of what you write suffers as well. Anxiety and writing do not mix. Clarity of thought is the goal, because your thoughts are the building blocks of good writing.
Once your mind is calm you will be better able to focus on your subject matter. People tend to work better and achieve more when they approach a task with an light attitude and have fun, rather than a serious ominous fear of missing a deadline. Focus is all about engaging and engulfing your mind with only those things pertaining to your subject matter. You want to get lost in a new world just for a short time.
Make sure you have a quiet place to work. Focus is hard to achieve when you have a lot of distractions. Turn off the phone and the TV and try to shut out all external noise. Have your favorite drink sitting close at hand so you don’t have to get up and go grab it later. Seat yourself in a comfortable chair that doesn’t have you re-adjusting yourself all the time.
Attention to Detail:
One of the tricks that many writers use is the ‘go ahead’ rule. That means writing down what comes to your mind without overthinking it first. It’s all right to choose your wording, but be careful not to get bogged down with it. When you get it all down, then you can proofread it and correct the grammar and develop the ideas you put down.
Your attention to detail is much better served when you have something on paper to work with, and it’s not still in your head where it can be fleeting and elusive. I get asked questions all the time about how I get my writing done on time. The RFA method works great for me and I hope it will help other people as well. The main thing is to use these suggestions to create the best system for yourself. You want to use methods that are helpful in bringing out your creativity. When you can relax, stay focused, and get lost in the moment, then time and deadlines are no longer a problem.
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