I regularly hear statements like “I just don’t have time to write today”, “I am too busy to go promote my content” plus many other excuses. What these people really mean is “I prioritize something else”.
Even though time is a limited resource we still have 24 hours in a day and that is plenty of time. Productivity is a matter of reevaluating our priorities. Most bloggers and writers have a job that takes some 9 hours daily, then you sleep some 7 hours and it leaves you with some 8 hours daily to do some housework, hang out with your friends and family or work on your hobbies.
You have to learn to control your time better, optimize it and manage it wisely. These tips will help you become a better and more productive writer.
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – Harvey MacKay
Stop reading, take action
Reading and learning is important, but only to a point. It is important to stop and implement some of the things you have read about. If you don’t take your time to use what you have learned, nothing will change and you will stand still. Be a producer.
Stop checking the stats and the emails
If you are regularly stressing yourself checking your visitor stats, your social follower stats, your earning stats, your emails… stop. Checking them will not help, but actively working on things that will improve those stats will. Try not to check your email every ten minutes, and limit your stats checking to no more than once daily.
Focus on the tasks that have the highest impact
You must focus your energy on the tasks that have the highest impact on your goals. For bloggers, the goal usually is to increase the readership, and the task that will bring you closer to that goal is creating remarkable content and pulling your target audience to your content.
Don’t get distracted
In the age of the Internet it is quite common and very easy to get distracted. Your mind begins to wander and you waste several hours reading your feeds, checking Facebook, sending tweets or reading Steve Pavlina’s articles (it happens to me every once in a while as Steve’s content is so good). Find a spot that fits you best, make it your own and shut out the distractions! This includes Twitter and Facebook!
If you simply write quickly, your mind does not have the opportunity nor the time to wander. The ideas just flow and you get them down on paper quickly. Don’t worry about the spelling and grammar errors – just write and allow your mind to flow. You can do any necessary edits after you have finished writing.
Listen or don’t listen to music
Some people work better with music on, some work best when it is all quiet around them. Find what works for you.
Write early in the morning or late at night
For some it is best to write early in the morning, for others it is late at night. Again find what works for you.
Throw away your television
Most of the people that say that they are too busy to be able to work on their sites regularly, still seem to have enough time to watch hours of television every day. TV watching might be entertaining, but it is not going to bring you closer to your goals.
Forget your strict schedule
Did you set yourself on a very strict schedule of having to produce regular posts? Forget about it. Your site will not become extinct if you miss a day or two. The tight schedule just might strain you so much that you give up the project. Writing one great post per week will have a much bigger impact than writing one average post daily.
De-clutter your workspace
A messy workspace does not (always) help your productivity. Clean up by removing distracting items. Keep the area clean and neat. Same works for your computer desktop and your browser.
Maximize your health
Eat healthy, eat well and do skip meals. Do some exercise. Get enough sleep. Leading a healthy lifestyle will definitely make you more energetic, fresh and will improve your productivity and will win you time.
Your passion motivates you
We always hear about the passion and it really is true. If your topic is something you really love, it is going to be so much easier to motivate yourself to work on it. You will not be able to fall asleep because you would want to create content, you would wake up very early energetic to get out of the bed and do even more.
Majority of the “busy” writers are spending more time surfing the internet and watching TV than working on their projects and at the end of another day they have nothing to show for. You must be disciplined and shift your focus from passive viewing into active working on your writing targets and dreams. No one else but you can do it. Productivity is within your reach.
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