One of the hardest things for writers is actually finding time to write and get things done. I know it is for me, and you often feel useless when you don’t feel like not getting anything done. Setting up a schedule or setting deadlines for yourself can really help.
Here are 5 tips to help you become a more productive writer.
- Schedule time to write. I either use a planner or the calendar my phone to schedule time during the day when I want to get a specific thing done. Whether it be writing or revising chapters, writing articles or editing for my freelance clients, or working on my website. I find this is the best way to get things done.
- Try to write at a specific time every day. This can get you into a routine so you won’t procrastinate so much.
- Turn off distractions. Turn off things such as your phone, email and the Internet. These things will only distract you and interrupt your creative flow. Also, tell family members not to disturb you for a couple of hours. I put a sign on my door, which says: “Do not disturb. Writer at work”. It actually works!
- Keep a notebook with you all times. You could use your phone or another electronic device, but I find it easier keeping a notebook around and just jotting ideas down whenever they come to me.
- Reward yourself. Once you’ve accomplished something like writing 2000 words in one day, sit back and relax for a while. Have a bar chocolate or do something that you enjoy.
What tips do you have for being more productive?
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