I had a different post in mind for today, but I changed my mind, which seems to be a pattern lately. Which is also why I’m going to share my Three favorite tricks to increase productivity.
1) Time Me.
Get an egg time or use Write Or Die, or even use Twitter, but the key is to set a time limit, and do nothing but write for that time.
I see a lot of friends doing 1K1Hr (1 k in 1 hour) on twitter, but I find an hour of pure focus on writing a bit beyond me most times. (Unless I’m right up against a deadline.) If you’re having a real busy day and don’t think you even have time to write, set a timer for 5 minutes. You’d be amazed at what you can get done in 5 minutes..
Me? I like to do 15 minutes focused writing, then 15 minutes of something else (Dishes, laundry, cooking, eating, surfing the net.)
Any way you look at it, a timer helps you focus when you need to.
2)Find your time.
By that I mean try working at various times of the day/evening/night and seeing which time slot seems to be your most creative. I often find writing at night to be my best creative time, and use the daylight hours for other aspects of work than putting down new words. Knowing this helps prevent me from spending hours during the day at the computer staring at a blank screen or rewriting the same page over and over and getting super frustrated.
3) Go somewhere
Sometimes getting out of the house/office helps jumpstart the juices. I’m not a fan of coffeeshop writing but I do like to take my iPad or a notebook and go to the library, or the park. Sometimes just getting away from the same 4 walls really helps.