How I am Learning to be Extra Productive

I am working on my writing and my productivity. It’s more difficult than one might think. All blogs about becoming a better writer mention two main things. One is to always be reading. The other is to always be writing. As long as you keep writing, you will get better. This is good advice. That’s what I’m trying to do.

I’ve discovered it’s nearly impossible for me to read without falling asleep. Not that what I’m consuming isn’t entertaining or endearing, but that I cannot do it without my eyelids collapsing on me. I may begin to stand while I read. Maybe I’ll make myself as uncomfortable as possible to force my eyes to remain open. I love audiobooks but unfortunately they can be expensive. I also don’t connect to the story as much as if I were reading it.

I’ve been able to write more often than I have in the past. My writing time is not without distraction. I have started to plan my days the night before. Most of all, my writing time. My new current plan of action is to read for at least one hour and to write for at least one hour. It shouldn’t be too hard for this dad to accomplish.

This revelation of wasted time hit me the other night. I knew it needed to fix this immediately. I noticed, while my wife was being productive and making crochet hats, that I was sitting looking at my phone. Reading tweets I have already read and looking at pictures I had already seen. Wasting my time with non productive nonsense. I knew this needed to change. I am trying to change. Deadlines are an important truth and necessity to most goals and challenges.

To to reach my goal on becoming extra productive I have begun to read more, write more, and sleep less. I’ve also enlisted the help of The Todoist Team. They have a great app that keeps track of deadlines and goals. It helps keep me focused and on the straight and narrow. If you need an extra edge on your productivity, I’d give it a shot. I’ve also invested in a new notebook to jot down my ideas for blogs, short stories, and my current book project.

If you have any tips on how to be more productive, I’d love to hear them!


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