June 26th, 2012 by Sasha White

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.

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5 comments to “Productivity”

  1. Jen FitzGerald
     · June 26th, 2012 at 9:34 am · Link

    Friends and I use an online chat site to do writing sprints. Basically, 15 to 20 to 25 minutes of writing and then 5 to 10 chatting. I also alternate the writing with house cleaning so I don’t feel guilty about the writing. And sprinting with friends online provides cheerleading along the way and sometimes that much needed encouragement or kick in the rear when needed. Several of them are night owls too, though not me, I’m the early bird and have generally crashed by the time they’re rockin’ and rollin’. :)

  2. Sasha White
     · June 26th, 2012 at 11:23 am · Link

    Sounds like you’ve got a great system worked out , Jan. I often do sprints with friends too. It works great. :mrgreen:

  3. Lillian Archer
     · June 27th, 2012 at 2:12 pm · Link

    I love the 1k1h tool, and it has really helped me move past a sticky spot in my work. I find I write best in short spurts- like an hour in the morning, then an hour in the evening. MOre than that, and I start just retyping the same dead ends cause my brain gets tired. Thanks for sharing this post.

  4. Widdershins
     · June 27th, 2012 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I use the egg timer method … 45 minutes on, 15 minute break … you’d be surprised the amount of housework that can be squeezed into 15 minutes!

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