Becoming a productive writer takes more effort than simply opening up a work document. Many writers love their work but struggle to commit to writing, and often struggle with writers block and a lack of inspiration.
If you struggle to commit to writing, check out these productivity tips.
1. Carry a notebook with you for idea inspiration – often life is much more inspiring than your office. Carry a notebook with you so you can write your ideas down as soon as you think them, while they’re still fresh in your mind.
2. Set daily writing targets – aim to write every day even if you don’t have much free time. From one paragraph to 2 pages, writing every day will help you to stay focused while helping you to avoid writers block.
3. Write without distractions – the less distracted you are, the better your writing will be. Write when no-one else is home, or invest in earplugs.
4. Realize your computer is full of distractions – social media, Youtube, pictures of kittens; the internet is full of distractions, so switch off your internet or use an app that doesn’t allow you to check social media while you work. Otherwise you’re only relying on your own willpower.
5. Don’t just read your own writing – read whatever interests you, and read outside of your own field. A big part of being a great writer is also having a passion for reading.
6. Schedule your daily writing time – or you might keep putting it off, and it may not end up happening. Half an hour when you first wake up is a great time to set aside as you will be feeling fresh and motivated.
7. Outsource your other work if you are falling behind – if writing is your number one priority, don’t let admin, marketing and other jobs take focus. Hire an assistant if that is an option – or prioritize your tasks at the beginning of the day.
8. Have an idea or an outline before you start – this will save you time and help you to avoid feeling frustrated or unable.
What did you think of these writing tips? I have daily writing targets and I think it helps me to start writing on days where I feel lazy and unproductive. Do you have any other tips for writers?