9 Great Productivity and Time-Management Tips for Creative Writers

Chris RichardsonStarred Page By Chris Richardson, 9th Oct 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Being a writer is not that easy. True writer has to find his creativity and new ideas constantly, which is somewhat impossible. This is where productivity and time management work perfectly.

9 Great Productivity and Time-Management Tips for Creative Writers

Although many people consider writing to be a simple art, there are a lot of unwritten rules to respect in order to succeed as modern writers. Our responsibilities are huge – we need to make sure we deliver our message clearly and thoroughly. “A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life,” writes E.B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer.
Time-management, efficiency, and productivity are crucial elements in every domain, including writing. We need to use our time efficiently towards our creation. That is why I put up a list of 9 essential steps you need to pay attention to when writing. Stay focused on your goals and make the best out of your work.

1. Targets, Goals, Objectives – However You Want to Call Them

It is proven that setting goals will improve our productivity in the long run. This is because we know where we are pointing, and what our path is. All we need to do is find the right tools to use towards achieving our objectives. Write your goals down on a blank paper, and stick them to your wall. Make sure you read them every night before going to bed.

2. Anytime, Anywhere

Many of the articles you have read might have said “make sure you are in a comfortable environment when writing.” I believe quite the opposite. The purpose of creative writing is to create, and what a better way to create than observing the people around us? Our writings are based on real facts, even if we are writing fiction. We still have something tangible that relates to our daily lives included in our creations. So take time to observe and be prepared to write anywhere, whether it is a coffee shop, a restaurant, or a park. Remember: what is around us defines us.

3. Breaks Are Important

Writing is a mind consuming activity. Therefore, take your time to do it. If we rush into getting results we might find ourselves not enjoying the ride. Take regular breaks, and do something else besides writing during that time – like jogging, dancing, or even watching a movie. Anything that can take your mind away from the process of writing. Angela Geisler, freelance writer at Essay Geeks shares her thoughts with us on the matter. “It is extremely important to stay focused, but I sometimes find myself so caught in thoughts and plots that I have to take a break. After an hour of relaxing, I am so much more productive.”

4. Rewards Are Good

I discovered this technique a couple of months ago while craving for pasta. I was writing this big important article on protein food, when I realized I really want some cheese pasta. I was in the middle of writing my paper when this thought occurred. So I thought “I will cook it if I finish writing this paragraph in 5 minutes. This way I will stay efficient.” So guess who had pasta that day? Rewards are smart and beneficial, use them!

5. Write First, Feedback After

And I say this because there are so many writers who continuously seek approval from their peers. And this hurts both them and their work. Don’t ask for external opinions until you haven’t finished your work. That way, how can you truly stay original?

6. Teamwork

Find a writing buddy and pair up with him! Staying competitive will help you stay efficient and productive all the time! Tip – choose a buddy that has similar goals to yours. And if you do, don’t let go!

7. Time is Essential

Time-management can be difficult, especially if you are new to the field. That is why organizing your time it’s a smart move. Set a timer for the minutes/hours you are being productive throughout the day, and try to add at least two minutes to that time for each next day. Also, time slots can be practical. For each time slot, set a goal, and stick with it.

8. To-do Lists

To-do lists are the best way to stay aware of all of our tasks. It would be a good idea to check every day’s list again at night and put a smiley face on the tasks you accomplished. That will keep you motivated for the next days to come!

9. Hard Before Easy

Begin you day with the harder tasks first, and then get started on the easier ones. As we work hard, we get tired, so getting the difficult ones out of our way is way more efficient!

Final words

Staying productive, managing our time properly, and being effective in our work brings us lots of advantages. It is the perfect combo to get extraordinarily valuable results! Creativity is a gift, and mixing this talent with organized work conduct is a certain path to success.


Productivity, Time-Management, Writing

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Chris Richardson is an editor and a blogger from London. He is passionate about writing, traveling, and photography. Chris loves to meet new people and talk about modern education and technologies.

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