Writing is a fantastic job, but it also can be tedious and uninspiring sometimes. Do you feel as though you need some help in getting the most out of your workday? Here are some productivity hacks that will get you writing to your best standards every time you sit down at your keyboard.
Use Distraction Blocking Writing Tools
The internet is an endless mine of distraction, but it’s also a great place to find tools to help you avoid them. There are tools that will block out everything except the tool, you’re using, to help you focus. Others have timers so you can’t do anything until you’ve spent a certain amount of time writing. Start looking for ‘writing productivity tools’ online, and try a few out until you find one that works for you.
Carry A Notebook Everywhere
It’s true that inspiration can strike wherever you are. Whether you’re in a shower, on a walk, or at work, you’ll have an idea that you’ll want to remember for later. When this happens, it’s vital that you have a notebook with you. You can write that idea down and save it for later when you can work on it properly. If you’re more into digital tech than pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone works just as well.
Get A Deadline
There’s no denying that nothing is more motivating than a deadline. If you’re only writing for yourself right now, though, how can you stay motivated to get the words on paper? The answer is to give yourself a deadline. If you’re blogging, write at least one post every week. If you’re writing a book, aim for a certain amount of words every day. Create a realistic deadline, and you’ll be more motivated to write.
Don’t Be A Perfectionist
The creators of National Novel Writing Month refer to the ‘inner editor’, the voice in your head that’s saying what you’re writing just isn’t good enough. When you’re writing, it’s so easy to listen to it and start trying to fix what you’re writing, as you’re writing it. Instead, don’t listen to it. Write what you’re writing first, and edit later. It’s much better to get it all down on the page first before you think about trying to edit it.
Set A Time For Writing
It’s easier to write at a time and place that’s right for you. Some people enjoy writing in coffee shops, with noise and bustle around them, as well as a steady flow of coffee. Others like to write in enclosed quiet spaces, with a door they can shut on the world. The timing is crucial too. Do you like to write in the early morning, or when everyone else is in bed? Pick a time and place, and stick to it.
With these tips, you’ll be able to write like a pro without the distractions of everyday life. Pick a time and place to work, get a deadline, and write until everything is down on paper before you edit.