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5 Ways To Improve Your Productivity As A Writer

#3 — Don’t open email until noon

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If you are like me, you probably struggle with productivity when it comes to writing.

Don’t worry, you are not alone. Productivity is something we all struggle with as content creators. I’m learning the more productive you are — the better your writing will be. You probably search on google how to be more productivity — but most strategies don’t really work.

Let’s define productivity. Productivity is a measure of efficiency of a person completing a task. We often assume that productivity means getting more things done each day. Wrong.

Productivity is getting important things done consistently — whether you’re a writer or professional athlete.

And no matter what you are working on — there are only a few things that are truly important.

Being productive is about maintaining a steady average speed on a few things — not maximum speed on everything. I’ve tried many strategies to be more productive — but these are the five that I’ve experimented with and found they actually work — no matter what you do.

1. Manage your energy, not your time

We all know the time of the day we’re are the most productive — our energy is high.

If you take a moment to think about it — you’ll probably realise that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain times. For me, I’m more productive in the morning — because it’s quiet and I’m able to get more done with distractions from things or people.

What type of energy do you have in the morning? Afternoon? Evening?

Determine what tasks each energy level and time of day are best suited for. You might be of those people that are more productive in the afternoon or at night time.

When you are able to manage your energy, not your time — you are able to get the most important things done consistently.

2. Prepare the night before

There’s a great saying “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin

Preparation is the key to most things— especially when it comes to productivity as a writer. I never used to prepare the night before when I started writing — I did the planning in the morning. A good plan created the night before gives you the luxury of a productive day. It sets the tone before you even wake up.

Your plan keeps you focus on work that matters, the highest priority tasks that will get you closer to your goals.

Preparing is different than planning.

When you plan, you’re prioritising what’s important for the future. When you prepare, you lay out a framework for making your plan a success. When you set the right intention the night before, you are able to be more productivity.

3. Don’t open email until noon

Sounds simple. Nobody does it.

I used to be one of those people that constantly check their emails every hour, it became an annoying habit. Started to be less productive, my attention deficit increased — I couldn’t really get anything done. Opening your emails constantly doesn’t actually help you — in fact, it does the opposite.

It took me a while to get over the urge to open my inbox, but eventually, I realise that everything can wait a few hours.

Nobody is going to email you about a true emergency (a death in the family, etc.) so leave your email alone for the first few hours of each day.

This little hack really sky-rocket my productivity — with writing.

Use the morning to do what’s important rather than responding to what is “urgent.”

4. Sit up or stand up

For a long time, I used to sit hunched over — but this is not good for your breathing.

When you sit hunched over — your chest in a collapsed position and your diaphragm is pressing against the bottom of your lungs, which hinders your ability to breathe easily and deeply. Sit up straight or stand up and you’ll find that you can breathe easier and more fully.

As a result — your brain will get more oxygen and you’ll be able to concentrate better.

Your sitting position is so critical when it comes to writing or doing anything on your computer.

5. Develop a ‘pre-game routine’ to start your day

Do you have a morning routine?

When it comes to being more productivity — the best thing you can develop is your daily morning routine.

It sets the intention and tone for the day ahead. It enables you to begin the day with confidence, peace, and a positive attitude. Feeling good, physically, can certainly influence how we feel emotionally. Our emotional health can be impacted by how we feel we are managing our day.

My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water.

Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation.

Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. This tiny routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or whatever mode you need to be in to accomplish your task. Addition, a pre-game routine helps you overcome a lack of motivation and get things done even when you don’t feel like it.

Developing a pre-game routine has allowed me to be productive even on the days where I don’t feel like it — game changer.

The Bottom Line

Developing a pre-game routine has allowed me to be productive even on the days where I don’t feel like it — game changer. When you remove distractions and focus on deep work, you are able to perform at your best.

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