The other day I was facing a blog post on my screen and I thought to myself …
I’m going to write it quickly. It’s only going to be 500 words. It won’t take more than 15 minutes. Let’s do this.
It took me 45 minutes. It was 1,500 words.
Such is life.
In meditating on this blog post and the amount of time it took from my life, I came to a surprising conclusion: Holy hell, I actually had 45 minutes to spend on a blog post! That’s awesome!
This was not always the case. For much of my life, my writing dreams were on hold more or less all the time. Then, a few years ago, I noticed my productivity skyrocketed.
In a nutshell, here’s how I did it.
PS Do you think I can do this blog post in 500 words? Let’s try. 😉
I won’t lie, I solved this by moving abroad. Part of me is sad, but part of me feels relieved every single day to have a much, much simpler calendar.
When people in our small Belizean fishing village do try to make advances, we just say, “Sorry, our dance card is full.”
This line is impersonal but very clear. No one who hears that is going to ask again, because who the hell wants to be told they can’t have a dance? I sure as hell don’t.
Try it. You’d be surprised how many non-happy hours you can now spend writing.
There are so many things you want to do, but if you want to double your work productivity, you simply can’t. Axe anything that:
Sometimes you can axe something just for now to make room for the things that matter.
My Instagram feed is a perfect example. I love books. I love talking about them. I love writing, and so literature is a natural way to engage with others on the subject.
However, when I’m grammin’, I’m not writin’. Right now, I just don’t have that much time for it. When I do a launch, I’ll definitely make it a priority.
But see? Not doing it right now doesn’t mean I’m shutting down my feed, making grand exit announcements or even turning it into a platform purely for my own writing anytime soon.
So cultivate some serenity about the “not right now”s in life, and move on.
Now, don’t just say no reflexively. If something truly calls to you, it’s stupid to shut it down.
But remind yourself to say no. No should be your default. If it involves other people, whip out that full dance card line. If it’s just something your crazy, creative brain is trying to convince you is a should, look closely.
Chances are, you should say no and focus on your current projects.
It’s so easy to get swept up into side projects. Personally, I love illustration. I also enjoy social media (sometimes; it’s complicated). And every now and again, I have an insane urge to become a cobbler/sculptor/chef/high-profile, globetrotting journalist/etc.
Each time, I shut the urge down and ask myself, “What can I be doing that involves writing?”
As you can imagine, this ensures I’m writing a very large portion of my day.
Since I implemented these strategies, some intentionally and some by accident, my output has soared. We’re talking 10,000 words a day and at least 8 hours spent writing. This is huge for me, and it’s huge for my career.
So tell me, wouldn’t you like to double your work productivity too? Well, you can. Yes, even if you have another job. After all, think about it: If you spend half an hour a day writing now, that just means you could spend a whole hour after you put these steps in place. Yay!
I can help you get started, at least. Check out the Free Resource Library for some nice tips and tricks to improve your approach to writing, find your voice and start making money with your love of words. You can do it!
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