Martha Stewart, but when I write it is from my heart and if it my heart isn’t into it, I don’t post period. Do you agree? Disagree? For myself, I am up early in the morning before my family wakes up to write what’s on my mind. There are some days when I plan out posts and have ideas jotted down, but no time to write. Sound familiar? Here are some tips I use to stay productive:
Know Your Time ZoneYou have control over your day-to-day routine. Whether its chores, getting kids to school or working a day job, you have to find a time when you can zone everything and everyone out and write. I write from 4:30 am to 6:00 am every other morning to create posts. When I wake up my house is quiet, my mind is clear, focused and I can write with no distractions. Find the time that works for you and just do it.
Prepare ahead of timeIf you have an idea for a post, do your research ahead of time or the night before to avoid surfing the net for inspiration the day you need to write. You can jot ideas down or bookmark websites to reference at a later date if you need to.
Find a Special Place to WriteCarve out space for yourself where you can free your mind and focus. Maybe it’s the bookstore, Library or separate bedroom. Having a separate space will help guide you towards your goals and give you clarity on what needs to get done.
Don’t Wander On the InternetAvoid surfing the net before you write. This will keep you from getting off topic and forgetting your train of thought. It’s so easy to get off topic and wonder from website to website. Before you know it, time has passed and you miss an opportunity to get tasks completed.
Avoid Checking EmailEmail is a huge distraction and will deplete your time fast. Set an up time each day when you can devote an hour to respond and read email.
Set up a time to stop writingIf work or live on a strict time schedule, set a timer to keep you on track. Once that time is up, you stop writing. I have found that this helps me strive harder to get things done because my time is limited. Understand your time limitations and what works best for you or your family. If you work a day job, maybe try working on a post on your lunch hour or work an extra hour after work to finish writing before going home.
Ask a Mentor to help youMaybe it’s a friend, fellow blogger, coach or teacher that has a method that helps them get things done. Asking for a little help never hurts. Question: What other tactics have you used to gain writing time?
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