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Ten Simple Ways to Become a More Productive Writer by Irene Roth

What differentiates the most successful writers from those who are just average is whether they are productive in the things that they set out to accomplish. We all need to be reminded that we need to be more than average and that this may take a lot of hard work indeed.

To write a book, you must employ the habits used by prolific writers. In this article, I will share ten of their tools to ensure that you too can be a productive writer. All you have to do is to follow some tips and tricks that successful writers use to write efficiently every time they sit down to write.

Tip 1: Prepare your mind and body

Your mind usually has a habit of responding to how you take care of your body. So, if you eat well, drink lots of water, exercise and sleep enough and don’t drink excel alcohol and caffeine, you will be able to write efficiently. You will also write with clarity and efficiency if you feed your mind what it needs.

Tip 2:  Take frequent breaks

 Researchers believe that writers who take frequent breaks can outperform those who work for hours without stopping. Get up from your computer and get a drink of water, stretch, or go for a walk around the block. This can clear your mind and help you not dwell on negative thoughts as much.

Tip 3:  Set your daily priorities

It is important for each of us to know what needs to be done every day before we start our day. Then it is best to stick to these priorities. Don’t do anything until you meet these goals. No surfing the net. No calling your mom or checking email or posting on Facebook. Do nothing but write first thing.

Tip 4:  Don’t check your email before you write

Get into the habit of not checking your email until after you are done your writing. Checking email is a habit that will distract you from your writing. It also allows other people to dictate how you spend your time. Focus on what you want to do and accomplish, rather than what others want you to do and accomplish.

Tip 5:  Use a daily to-do list or productivity planner

Using this tool can help you organize your time and projects. Plan out the next day as you finish your writing. That way, when you show up the next day, you will know exactly what you need to accomplish to move your goals forward.

Tip 6: Block Your Writing Time

It is best to divide your daily schedule into blocks of time and include one or more for writing. Set an intention or goal for each block. Nothing else happens in your writing block other than writing. Set goals for each time block for best results.

Tip 7: Turn off the internet while you are writing

While you are writing within a time block, shut down your Web browser completely. That way you will know what happens when you check email, Facebook, or Twitter messages later. If you get lost on the internet, hours can go by. And these are hours that you can use to get a lot of writing done.

You can turn off the Internet by using Anti-Social, SelfControl, Write or Die, or StayFocused. These platforms will help you stay on track and write for a given time.

Tip 8: Have a routine

 For best results, it is best to create a writing routine and stick to it. This routine is important so that even if you don’t feel like writing, you will be more likely to write because you will expect to be writing during these hours. The more often you write during this time, the more your brain gets used to showing up to write and to be productive, and therefore, more successful you will be.

Tip 9:  Master your thoughts

Negative thinking and limiting beliefs are a sure way to get you off track when you write. They may make you feel inadequate and unable to accomplish your goals. So, try to focus your mind as best as you can and become more conscious of your thoughts before you sit down to write.

When you become aware that your mind is full of negative messages because of an argument you had with your spouse or a hard day at work, try to change your thoughts to positive affirming ones before you sit down to write. You can do this by focusing on your breath for a few minutes and just repeating some affirmations or meditating, which I cover next.

Tip 10: Meditate

One of the best ways to alleviate some of the negative thoughts and emotions before writing is by meditating. Your meditation practise doesn’t have to be complex. All you need to do is set a timer for ten minutes, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and just relax for a few minutes. Then take a few additional deep breaths and start writing. This should help calm your mind before writing.

By trying these tips, you will become a much more productive writer. This is especially the case if you work full time and you don’t have a lot of time to write. You need to make the most of your writing time. And the above tips, if utilized consistently, will help you be most productive.

We can all be successful writers. All we need to do is to have a plan and schedule our writing in place as well as make writing a priority in our lives. And I believe we can all do this, one day and one week at a time. The rest should take care of itself.

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