It can cause chronic depression.
You plan your writing schedule well, concentrate for a few hours before you start struggling to get the work done. Deep down, you know you have deadlines though you can’t find the motivation to write. Ouch!
You hopelessly stare at the blank page and procrastinate your client work. Some days you rush the job a few hours before the deadline or ask for a deadline extension.
You had plenty of time to get the work done yet you could not finish it fast. Ironical.
Unless you change, you will be missing your weekly and monthly income targets.
You can sabotage your client relationship. Yikes!
Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Writing requires no magic. And it’s something you can’t automate. In this guide, I will give you tips to double your writing productivity in 30 minutes.
Wake up Extremely Late
There’s a link between waking up early and success. While it may be true, waking up at ungodly hours has several cons. You experience sleep deprivation effects like anxiety, moodiness, and poor concentration. Your writing productivity drops.
Most writers who wake up early finish work earlier, so there can be zero benefits. You can wake up extremely early or late, provided you fulfill your sleep requirement and rise consistently.
Pro tip: Know your peak hours and sync it with your sleeping pattern.
Read Magazines or Blogs at Night
“I find television very educational. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx Tweet this
Reading magazines in the morning fills your mind with negativity. You read depressing stories on pandemics like COVID-19, murder, countries turning against each other. Your dopamine level drops.
Maybe you love to read self-improvement stories from different blogs. Remember, you will get conflicting ideas from the blogs.
Research proves that reading at night reduces your stress levels by up to 68%. It will make you concentrate better.
You can use my rule of the three if you can’t stop reading during the day. Read after investing time in your work, when you’re losing focus or rewarding yourself after hitting milestones like the first 2000 words.
Don’t overindulge in blogs and neglect work. You can read in the morning provided you avoid negative contents.
Never Use Your Favorite Songs as Alarm Tones
You hate the sound of your alarm because it signals that it’s time to get out of bed and work.
You enjoy waking up to the sound of a song you find pleasing. Chances are, you will enjoy the tone for a few days, get bored, and struggle waking up.
Alarm tones that get you out of deep sleep are harmful to your health. They can cause sleep inertia.
You can use ephemeral songs as your alarm tone. These are songs that last for a short time. You can’t listen to them for pleasure.
Try video game theme songs if you’re a video game fanatic. Commercial jingles can work magic.
Don’t use songs that make you anxious.
Pro tip: Listen to your favorite songs after waking up to start your morning with a few moments for yourself.
Here’s Ann Gynn’s advice:
Q: “Which songs do you use as your alarm tone to motivate you to get up and write?”
A: “I don’t use a specific song as my alarm tone. I do like “asteroid” as my tone — it’s not obnoxious, but it has a sense of urgency to it.”
Q: “Do you have examples of the best songs writers can set as their alarm tones to boost productivity?”
A: “I like SiriusXM’s RoadTrip channel.”
Never prioritize tasks
Yes, prioritizing tasks combats procrastination. The truth is, you become anxious when you’re far from hitting your daily word count target. You can get more free time if you finish work early, get lost in social media updates or TV shows, and procrastinate work. It will disrupt your future writing schedule.
All work is important. Do your writing at your own pace, and stay disciplined. It’s okay to prioritize work with short deadlines.
Go with the flow
“Take the road less travel.”Robert Frost.Tweet this
Going with the flow boosts productivity. Start writing if you wake up energized. Rest for some time if you feel tired.
You can halt writing and cater to emergencies instead of carrying them forward because they will interfere with your future writing schedule.
Don’t curse if you miss your daily targets. All writers get burned out sometimes. Take a break. Always limit how you go with the flow.
Never Declutter Your Desk
Albert Einstein “If a cluttered desk conveys a cluttered mind, is an empty desk a sign?” Tweet this
Clean working spaces create a conducive environment for writing, and it boosts your overall health.
Your workspace, however, can work against your writing productivity. Your brain uses up a lot of energy searching for the best arrangement patterns. You get tired trying to maintain a specific outlook.
Real geniuses like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain had messy desks.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered that participants in messy rooms generated creative ideas than those in cleans rooms.
Pro Tip: This strategy of chronic disorganization depends on your personality.
You don’t have to apologize to neat-freaks if you find it appealing. Do quick fixes and don’t spend more than 10 minutes arranging your workspace if it’s messy.
Shower Like Crazy
The best ideas come out of the blues when we’re conducting activities like bathing.
Science explains that our creativity skyrockets when we’re distracted and relaxed. Our brains release a lot of dopamine, and we get the best ideas.
Let your mind roam when bathing. Brainstorm the ideas for your pieces and note them down using Evernote or Aquanote.
Stop Setting Attainable Goals
It’s good to set attainable goals like writing every hour or improving your skills weekly.
It’s great to set bigger goals like tackling 10,000 words in a day or learning new skills daily. Challenges fire up the human spirit to do things that are out of the ordinary.
Let’s say you often write 2000 words in a day, but you push yourself to write 10,000 words. You will still surpass your target word count even if you stop at 8000 words.
Big goals activate your emotions and heart. It strengthens your will. Your mind has no choice but to achieve it. Don’t question why you’re making big moves.
Count your blessings
Take a minute to think about your achievements before you write. Think about the challenges you faced in your freelance writing journey. Picture where you want to take your freelance writing business in the coming years. Grateful thinking has physical, emotional, and interpersonal benefits. Your writing productivity will skyrocket instantly.
Let meals plan for themselves
Planning meals increases your chances of eating healthier food. However, it works against productivity.
For instance, the weather can change fast, and you might prefer something warm, cold, or food you did not plan to eat.
You will disrupt your writing schedule if you spend time warming or cooking food.
Instead, get snacks to eat while writing or when you lack appetite.
You can reward yourself with awesome meals after hitting your targets. There’s no harm if you love planning meals.
Try out different meals. You can survive on snacks today and cook food the next day.
Write something good about yourself
“Everyone has problems. Some of us choose to write about them.” Tweet this.
Take a pen and a piece of paper and write something good about yourself. It will give you the courage to type your ideas and publish posts. You can write about your strengths, how you express your personality in articles or the factors that boost your writing productivity. Your confidence will skyrocket fast if you do it daily.
Strolls are old Skool
Walking outdoors beats sitting all day. It improves your health and reduces the risk of contracting lifestyle diseases.
Strolling around your room offers similar benefits to walking outdoors. The best part is, you are near your writing materials
A study by Daniel Schwartz shows that walking indoors boosts creative inspirations.
You can go for a stroll in the evening to get something in the shop or watch the sunset. Go back home and continue writing.
Reread your worst posts
“Rereading a favorite novel first read 5, 10 or 20 years ago, is a measure of our travel, how far we’ve come; it’s a way of visiting an earlier self.” Lewis Buzbee. Tweet this
The more you write, the more you perfect your skills. Backup your articles and read them whenever you lack the motivation to write. You will remember when your writing was simple, carefree, and full of errors. Perhaps you were not perfect in writing or editing. You will be proud that you’ve developed your skills and gain new energy to write.
Conduct weird challenges
Weird challenges are great productivity boosters.
You can use a fidget spinner to beat the distractions like using your phone. A fidget spinner prevents the mind from getting lost in obsessive and unhealthy thoughts.
Quick note: Avoid weird challenges if you get distracted easily. You’re likely to neglect your work.
Bonus: You can try the cigarette break challenge by Henneke Duistermaat, the founder of Enchanting Marketing. This challenge takes about five minutes. You don’t have to light up the cigarette.
Do Justice to Your Master
It’s frustrating when laptops freeze during work hours. You stop everything to fix it. A slow PC is worse. It can make you take short breaks that lead to procrastination.
Remember, you have deadlines. And you rely on your laptop and internet connection to make money.
Care for your laptop. Service it regularly and free up space to make it work fast.
Blast Loud Music
Like chugging caffeine, blasting music is a stimulant. You now know why gyms blast music, right? It increases dopamine production in the body.
Turn off the music after blasting it. Breathe deeply to calm your mind. Silence returns your brain to its default state to process information well. Your momentum will increase, and ideas will coalesce. Brainstorm and write your thoughts.
Crack Self-demeaning Jokes
Making fun of yourself has several adverse physiological effects. However, it has several pros. You become healthy and suppress anger.
For instance, you can call yourself a “loser” if you discover you had not plugged in your laptop cable, yet you were wondering why your laptop wasn’t working.
In the real sense, you’re intelligent, right? Cracking self-demeaning jokes doesn’t mean you despise yourself.
Positive emotions we get from laughing can make you more creative. Giggle and start writing.
Call the Right Person
Sometimes you feel lonely, stressed, and burned out as a writer. It hinders your productivity. However, calling the right people like your mom works miracles.. Listening to her voice has the same stress-reducing effect of a hug. It will make you feel good. She can encourage you to keep pushing on or you can talk about your wins and challenges.
Never Reflect on Your Productivity
Reflecting on your writing productivity is risky though it can help you grow as a writer.
Instead of focusing on improvements, you will overanalyze your bad habits.
You can turn self-reflection into rumination and ignore solutions during the problem-solving attempt.
Create time for reflection outside your work hours. Take a pen and paper and create a list of your bad habits. Start small. You can ask for help. But don’t dwell on the issues.
Avoid Memes like plaque
Memes are great mood boosters. Perhaps you love scrolling through some before writing.
Memes can mess with your productivity. It’s disturbing to read memes that touch on your insecurities. Some memes make fun of terrorism or death.
Chances are, you will think of the memes during work hours, and your productivity will drop.
Enjoy memes after work. You can reward yourself by viewing some memes after hitting your targets if you’re a meme addict. Don’t extend the break.
Bonus Tips for Doubling your Writing Productivity (From Experts)
Care for your hands
Sharon Hurley Hall Professional writer at https://sharonhh.com, LinkedIn - sharonhh
“As a writer, it’s crucial to keep your hands working well. After all, for most of us, writing means a LOT of typing. I’ve had serious carpal tunnel issues in the past, so I’ve learned a few strategies to keep my hands and wrists healthy.
First, and most importantly, I use dictation software – Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I dictate all my first drafts, which cuts the amount of typing I do in half. This saves my wrists, and also 15 minutes in every hour, which is great for productivity.
But since I type for second drafts, I use wrist straps when I know I’ve got a lot of typing to do. That’s my second tip. Through trial and error, I’ve found the best ones for me: comfort straps by Wellgate for Women. These support my wrists without cutting off circulation.
Third, I have learned to take breaks sometimes. If I spend most of the day typing, I’ll suffer the next day, so it’s not worth it. Since you shouldn’t sit all day anyway, getting up to walk around also helps my wrists and hands. And after a particularly heavy day of typing, the next day I’ll build in even more rest time.
Though I don’t do it anymore, a few years ago after a major flare-up, I saw a massage therapist to get a weekly carpal tunnel massage. It’s designed to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation – and it really worked for me.
Sometimes it’s tempting to push through the discomfort and keep typing, but I’ve learned it’s not worth it. Dictation software, wrist straps, and regular breaks keep my hands and wrists healthy, so I can stay productive as a writer.”
Stop Writing for Money
Chances are, you ventured into writing to get a side income or escape the 9-5 program. You have to write because you fear going broke, right?
Don’t treat writing as a job. Sometimes, you get clients who scam you or don’t value you. Despite these challenges, you’re doing what you love.
Write your articles with PASSION.
Pro tip: Sharpen your writing skills and evade low paying gigs that drain energy. You can network and learn from top bloggers like Sue Dunlevie (owner Successful Blogging), Kevin J Duncan (Smart Blogger’s Editor-in-chief) , Henneke Duistermaat, (founder Enchanting Marketing) and Sharon Hurley (professional writer) among others.
Bonus: Create time outside your writing schedule to take free or paid courses to sharpen your skills and command high rates. check out this free class from Jon Morrow and learn how to make at least $200 per post.
Here’s Adam Connell’s advice:
Which are some of the repercussions of venturing into freelance writing for money only?
“Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a freelance writer.
I do, however, have extensive experience in the service sector. I previously ran a marketing agency, and I’ve worked with a lot of freelance writers over the years.
During that time, I’ve known a lot of freelance writers to burn out.
Because they were in it for the money alone.
They didn’t love writing, and they weren’t passionate about what they were writing about.
The writers that haven’t burned out?
They have several things in common:
- They love writing.
- They chose to focus on a specific niche that they had a passion for.
- They didn’t expect a full-time living from writing immediately.”
“What’s your advice on the ideal word count that writers should target per day to supercharge their writing skills?”
“The word count doesn’t matter.
But two things do matter:
Firstly – that you set some sort of achievable daily target. The number may not matter, but the act of setting a target will motivate you to keep writing.
Secondly – it’s what you write and how you write that really matters.
While the mere practice of writing regularly will help you become a better writer, constantly challenging yourself to level-up your writing skills will make you a better writer quicker.”
Ready to double your writing productivity like a pro?
The truth is, all writers struggle with productivity. But what will separate you from the pack is how you manage the obstacles that hinder your writing productivity.
Imagine doubling your writing productivity and surpassing your weekly or monthly income targets. Imagine getting more writing done but this time you’re creating more time to improve your writing skills, enjoy your hobbies, or spend more time with your lovely family. Imagine making your clients happy and getting bonuses for delivering work fast without lowering its quality.
You hold the key to double your writing productivity. This guide has everything you need. Go through it and implement the steps today.
Ready to take your writing productivity into overdrive?
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