Content writing productivity is a difficult task that requires a lot of time and effort. Whilst we all want to be able to write like Hemingway, most of us will eventually feel the pain of writer’s block and our work falling behind.
So what can you do? You can go to a new website on writing produced by renowned content writing productivity expert Will Smith. In this article, he provides 10 tips that are designed to help with your productivity every single day.
If you can follow and implement these 10 tips, you will develop your writing skill to the point where it will eventually be effortless.
Your articles will be short, sharp, and funny. They will also really sell your message. And the most important thing of all: Your readers won’t know they’re being sold!
1) Use a project management tool
Stay organised and focused on what you need to achieve. Plan your projects out in advance and you will see immediate results.
Choose one tool that you like and saves your progress automatically. Don’t be tempted to try new ones because they might not be as effective or as easy to use.
Don’t forget to set a calendar reminder once you complete the project. You need to be reminded that you have been productive.
2) Use content writing tools
There are lots of great tools out there that will help you write more content.
Using editors, dictionary apps, word counters & online writing apps can really speed up your workflow.
I know most writers don’t like to admit to using such tools but if you’re serious about becoming productive, then I suggest you make use of them. You will produce far more content than without them.
3) Write content in as few words as possible
If you’re writing long blocks of content, you will get stuck. It really is that simple. The longer the words in a piece of written content, the harder it is to read and understand. More words = more work which = no productivity.
Think of the main benefit of writing in a digital age: you can be elusive and short with your copy. It’s easier to spread your message without reading too much into it.
Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, was famous for his brief emails. He would pare things down to just the essential elements and leave the rest out.
If you want to be productive in your writing as Steve Jobs was in his, then have a go at writing with this discipline. It will pay off for sure!
4) Be confident to ask for money up front
Many writers struggle with being able to charge their clients more money.
It’s important to set an initial price for the work you want to charge. You will find it easier to sell your services if the price is set before you begin.
Don’t be afraid of asking for a higher price, but put in your best offer.
2 weeks in advance, send an email and ask your client what they’re prepared to pay. Decide carefully what you are prepared to accept and don’t be shy about saying that it’s slightly over what they are willing to pay.
Your clients will be more than happy with the result because they have paid a lower price for something of a higher value. You will also be happy because you get to keep all of the money! This is how business works!
5) Have an enemy in mind while writing
This should be someone who has wronged you or someone who is preventing you from being productive. The person could be a boss, colleague or client; anyone who isn’t supporting your cause.
Using this technique will help you write with a sense of purpose. The words will flow out of your fingers faster and more naturally.
6) Get in your flow and remove distractions
Removing all of your distractions when its time to get in the zone and write is super important. Use your laptop in a public place if you have to. This way, you won’t get distracted by buzzing phones and people asking for things. But make sure that when it’s time to write, this will be the case. Close down your email software and put your phone on silent.
7) Use your favourite focus music
Many people love to listen to music when they are writing. It is a great way to add enjoyment and focus to the process.
You can actually speed up your writing by adding certain songs into your playlist, but you need to find the right ones. If you like guitar rock or acoustic music, then use that instead of something more up-tempo. Soft music will help you focus better and you will be able to write more quickly than without it.
8) Write for 20 minutes a day
This is a great way to start. It’s free and anyone can do it. All you need to do is set aside 20 minutes in the day and write freely. Don’t worry about what you’re writing, just fill the pages up with whatever comes into your head.
Your subconscious mind will kick in and it will help with your productivity without you even realising it.
9) Review your work before you send it out
Reviewing your work is essential if you want to be productive. You need to make sure that the writing is of a good standard. You need to take it to the next step and change the structure, tone, and wording if necessary.
Stop for a moment and read it over too. If something is not working, change it but keep what’s good about it.
10) Write with passion
You will be more productive if you write with passion and feeling. It’s important to stand behind your work 100% and be able to say: “Yes, I wrote this!” when asked. That way you can enjoy the process even more.
Good luck with your productivity! Remember that it is a shared value that is embraced by everyone in the world.
What is your secret to being productive? Let me know in the comments section.
My article on How to Be Productive doesn’t have a right or wrong way to do things. It’s about using your own common sense and taking the best of what works for you.
Balance every day life with your writing and you will find that productivity comes naturally.
Until next time, here’s to writing your heart out while being proud of what you do!