When it comes to writing online, there will be good days and bad, just like in every other job. Still, there are simple ways to increase productivity when those creative juices are flowing. One tip is not to write unless you’re in the right frame of mind. Your mood is always reflected in your writing, no matter how professional you are. Despite what you think, your productivity will actually increase by writing only on days when you feel inspired and upbeat. So, say you are in the perfect mental zone. What are some other tips for increasing productivity?
Look at the little picture.
This may be just the opposite of what you’ve always heard. However, approaching an assignment in small pieces can truly increase productivity. What points do you wish to make? Explain each point in a brief paragraph, providing links to evidence. Try to focus only on the individual point in each paragraph. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed with the big picture. Once you have all your main points made, your introduction ties them all together. Your ending sentence or paragraph sums them up. Writing this way hardly seems like work at all. It’s highly productive, since your article is done quickly, without undue stress.
Clear your mental slate.
We all know to ban distractions from our work zone. Sometimes we forget that our mind can be a distraction all on its own. So, before you sit down to write, clear that “to do” list from your head. Feed the dog, take out the trash, do the dishes, etc. That way, when you sit down to write, your head isn’t full of your daily goals. You have to do them anyway. Might as well get them out of the way for a more productive writing session.
Know your limits/talents.
What are you best at writing? Stick to that format or those topics. Don’t jump on high paying assignments if it’s not the type of article you enjoy. Writing something you dread tackling decreases productivity greatly. All monies being equal, it’s better to write ten quick articles on your subject of interest, than to get bogged down for hours or days with one miserable article you hate writing.
Close the networking tabs.
It’s true. Social networking can boost your readership and gain you some valuable professional connections. Just don’t make the most common mistake of many less than productive online writers. What is it? It’s leaving your social networking tabs or windows open while writing. You may have the best of intentions. Still, when that notification bell rings, it’s pretty hard to ignore. That’s especially true if you’re in the midst of a difficult article. Any excuse to pause can be tempting. So, give yourself one less.
Note: If your phone is connected to the internet, or even if it’s not, be sure that’s turned off too. You would give that same advice to a teen doing homework. Be sure to follow it yourself.
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