At this time of year with people making resolutions, most writers will probably make a pact with themselves to be more productive with their writing. And I’m certainly one of them too. It’s fairly natural with the New Year to re-think and re-evaluate, and to look to what the future – especially what the immediate future – may bring. And part of this for me was to look at how I can be more productive. I’m not necessarily talking about how to stop procrastinating or looking to make your work area more writer-friendly etc., however these are crucial points; it’s more about how to actually being more productive, and how to feel more productive.
How to be more productive?
Starting a new project….or continuing a project
1. Concentrate on what you want to accomplish first of all. There’s little point in jumping in feet first before deciding what’s important to you now.
2. Plan what’s to be accomplished. Once finalized which project is first, plan what you’re going to do.
3. Plan your time. As writer’s we can never neglect social media and networking when we’re working on a project, but we shouldn’t let networking impact on the project. It may be helpful and crucial to plan your time to limit – or extend – your time spent networking, and in turn your time spent on your project.
4. Stop planning so much and get started. You can plan too much. Start.
How to feel more productive?
You may be actually more productive than you think. After a day spent working on my current project, I still can feel that I’ve not been that productive, despite knowing the hours spent working that day. Hopefully – surely – I cannot be alone in this?
Like being more productive, I’ve thought about how to tackle this particular problem. In fact, I’ve thought more about this, because while part of me knows that I’ve been fairly productive, it doesn’t always feel that way.
1. Stop being so hard on yourself.
2. If you’ve done something, you’ve been productive. You don’t have to had written a full novel in one day to be productive. Productivity doesn’t have to mean results. As long as you have done something that day, however small, you’ve been productive. As long as you’ve moved forward, this could be as simply as re-wording that paragraph that doesn’t just sound right.
3. Before you start think about what you want to accomplish that day.
4. At the end of the day – or time spent writing – think over what you’ve actually done. Include everything. From networking, to reading, to research, to actually putting pen to paper. You may find that you’ve done more than you initially think.
5. Stop looking so far into the future. Concentrate on the now; do what you can when you can. If you can do a bit everyday, that’s great, so do so. If it’s just something one day a week, that’s fine too. (Try to do what you can in the time you have.) If you want to set a deadline – set a realistic one. You do have to look into the future to a certain extent to think about what you want to accomplish and when. Set it, but don’t fret. Keeping moving forward.
These productivity issues are things that affect me. And these solutions are something that I have been working on and work for me. I’m not saying this will work for everyone; I often have said in previous blog posts that you have to find what works for you. You don’t have to follow every point but a few may be helpful.