You’re probably a productive writer. At least more productive than the person writing this blog post. So why am I telling you how to get work done? Because I can.
Have a plan.
If you don’t know what you want to do, how are you supposed to accomplish anything? So decide the night before what you’re going to write tomorrow. Maybe it’s a poem or a short story. You can also take a few minutes in the morning to think about the tasks you’re hoping to complete before the day is over. Edit a chapter of your novel. Make a graphic for that blog post. You get the idea. Then get to work.
Include tiny rewards.
Reward yourself after you write a page or edit a scene, not before. That way you have motivation to do stuff and get things done.
Take many breaks.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but it isn’t. Your brain needs rest. Just don’t let that small break turn into a long spell of inactivity.
Stop procrastinating and start working.
There’s a lot going on at any given time in my student life and writerly world. But right now I’m even busier than usual.
I have a lot of things to work on and not enough time to do everything. If only I had more hours in the day. If only I didn’t need to sleep every night. If only I could be productive all the time. Oh, the possibilities then would be truly endless.
Also because my attention span is shorter than a goldfish, I felt the need to open a dozen tabs and work on multiple projects at once.
I ended up doing a little of everything. But I don’t feel like I did anything. At least nothing substantial.
For some reason, I just can’t seem to concentrate on one task at a time.
My solution? Go to sleep.
My friends are the reason why I’m not productive.
They’re the reason why I never get much work done.
Why I take forever to finish books.
Why I only write a little every day.
Why I publish such short blog posts.
Don’t worry. I blame myself for everything. I take full responsibility.
But it’s so much easier to blame other people. Or pretend to anyway. I need to keep my sanity in tact, okay?
So I uninstalled YouTube from my phone.
I deleted the app.
I was spending way too much time watching videos and not enough time writing essays.
Last night. November 19th.
I make very questionable decisions the later it gets in the day. I was stretching, thought about deleting distractions from my life, and followed through with it.
Also, I needed to be more productive with all the procrastination I’ve done recently. What do you know? I still found ways to procrastinate today.
I’ll let you know when I give in to downloading YouTube back onto my phone.
It’s okay to take a break.
Even from the things you love. Or the people you love.
I took a long time to learn that I don’t have to be doing work all the time. I can’t do everything at once. I can’t do it all in one day. But I can do a little bit over a long span of time. Discipline wins.
And even though I love blogging and dancing, sometimes I need to take a break. Maybe my body needs some time to recover. My mind needs some time to relax. Hey, I’m perfectly okay with that. I’m human after all.
I also like to think taking breaks leads to increasing productivity.
So take a break already.
Read while squatting.
Write while standing.
Talk while skipping.
Listen while stretching.
Or just get more exercise by actually exercising, Herminia, and not trying to cut corners. Just a suggestion.
Can you tell I’m really, really lazy?
You know what my problem is?
I can’t bring myself to work on the most difficult task first.
It does wonders for my productivity when I spend all my time doing the tiny things. And then I don’t get anything important done.
I have yet to find a solution that works for me. Or I’m just lazy. It’s definitely the latter.