Everyone is looking to increase their productivity, but when you are a blogger who is getting paid per article, productivity is a big issue. The more articles you manage to write, the bigger the revenue at the end of the month, so increasing productivity and overcoming the natural obstacles of writing, such as writer’s block, are critical. As problems are there to be solved, here are some simple strategies to increase your output and become a more prolific writer.
Have a list
Writers often forget what they have to do and write, which is a major productivity obstacle. To prevent this from happening, just rely on a list. Do a list of things you have to complete in a day (or week or month), then start ticking them off as you complete them. As you make your list, when you encounter a long project, divide it and aim to complete each section by a certain deadline.
Implement your own schedule
Most bloggers write when they feel like, which is a major productivity blocker, as it encourages you to forget about time. If you have the luxury to be freelancing, do come up with your own work schedule and stick to it. Aim to work between certain hours and prioritize your tasks, so you can keep everything organized. This is going to help you meet your deadlines, which is very important for a writer.
Most writers wake up late and work well into the midnight, which is a huge productivity blocker. Wake up early and setup a morning routine to get you going. You can exercise, do yoga, meditate or simply do some breathing exercises to wake up before sipping from your first coffee.
Make sure you also set an hour for finishing work, as this is going to help your body get used with a schedule, which promotes productivity. After all, humans are creatures of habit.
Start writing in order to overcome a block
Many times a writer finds himself tangled in the details of a topic. Thinking how to write a certain article takes up a lot of time, as writers have to make sure the reader is going to understand the main points and the details of the discussion. As thinking is not productive, you should pick up your pen or laptop and start writing a draft or a plan for the article. Another good idea is to write an analytical essay on the topic, which is going to become the base for your article. This will help you organize your ideas and send the message you want to send by writing that article.
Close any unnecessary tabs
During the documenting process of writing an article, you are going to open lots of windows and tabs, reading loads of articles. This must be done in bulk, as switching from writing to researching and back again is going to put a big stop on your productivity. After you’ve read all the information you need and you have the article in mind, close all the unnecessary tabs and windows, as they will become a distraction for you. Multi-tasking is a big productivity killer for writers, so focus on one thing at a time, then move on to the next task on your to do list.
Being a writer seems like an easy job, but writers have to be creative and stay focused, in a world that offers endless distractions. This is not an easy thing to do, especially when you want to increase your productivity. But with the above tips and enough perseverance, you will be able to improve your productivity and produce high quality articles for your audience and clients.