How I Make Time for Writing
Quality Over Quantity
For those of you who don’t already know, I am a college student.
I expressed this in an earlier post, “How I Gained 200 Interactive Followers in Under 30 Days.”
My day is full of exciting yet difficult activities that I try and manage without completely busting my brain cells. From writing papers to going to and from other work-related locations, I have a pretty packed schedule.
Your schedule may be busier than mine. Nevertheless, I try and manage my time accordingly. That’s what makes this whole thing easier. Besides, I’m enjoying what I do.
Today, whether you’re going back to school or have someone you know who’s currently taking classes this semester, I wanted to share some tips on how I manage to fit time in my day to do blog somewhat consistently.
Quantity / Length
I try not to focus on the length of my work. I have found that when I tried to put out a certain number of words, I lost focus on what really mattered — the message or context.
When I let my words flow, I typically go above what I expected.
Generally, I keep it anywhere from 350–1,000 words.
Most people enjoy reading on the go, including myself. I don’t always have time to read a ton of words on top of the textbooks and things I already have to read.
So, with this in mind, I allow the reader enough time to soak in my ideas without taking up too much of their time.
Think of the reader while you write. If you wouldn’t like it, don't force your readers to stomach it.
But that’s just me.
As I mentioned, I focus more on the quality of my work than the quantity.
I am only trying to get better at this — one day at a time. But I also don’t want to get lost in the effort to put out tons of articles that won’t reach anyone.
If I have an idea, I like to spend an hour or two focusing on how I’m going to relay this message. That includes the editing.
If the quality is great, quantity won’t matter as much.
I’d rather write 100 words with powerful, life-changing content than to take all day coming up with 2,500 words of words filled with air.
Of course, the more you put out, the more likely you are to get noticed. I’ve heard this before.
But here’s the thing: What is it that you’re trying to get noticed for?
You will get attention by putting out a great number of articles. But just make sure they are full of quality.
Quality will always trump quantity.
Eventually, I’m going to be forcing myself to work within 30 minutes to an hour. I haven’t fully gotten there yet. To those who can do it with ease, I applaud.
However, I did try it one time in “How to Grow Up.” I attempted to do it in 15 minutes, but it turned out to be 20. I was still amazed with what I conjured up within that time-frame.
Instead of forcing your already occupied brain to conjure up these epic ideas, talk about what you’ve learned during that day.
- What happened?
- Did you interact with anyone new?
- Did something special or terrible take place?
Or, maybe there was something that happened a while ago that you’d like to talk about. You probably met someone years ago that you’ve just remembered, and a certain incident involving that individual comes to mind.
There are plenty of things to write about. And they don’t all have to be spectacular to you. Write them down anyway. Someone else may enjoy reading about it.
And there aren’t many excuses. If you have 30 minutes to spare, use that time to flesh out the ideas clogged up in your brain. You’ll be amazed at what was hiding up there.
Thanks for reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be sharing ideas like this each week. I’m always looking for new ways to learn, so if you have some other ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d love to hear it.