Today, writing is a skill most of us have.
The problem is, some people work exceptionally faster and produce more than others even with less time.
How do these expert writers achieve that?
Following are several of my personal techniques that enhance writing efficiencies:
#1) Actual note-taking
When we hear about taking notes, we instantly think it’s just a “everyone knows” tip to help remember things.
We say: take notes when we need to, but when exactly is that?
E.g. meetings, presentations, listening to speeches…etc.
But we neglect the primitive purpose of a notepad, which is to take it wherever you go.
Now I know some people do in fact carry a notepad wherever they go and take notes as soon as they need to, but the thing is most people don’t.
To effectively take notes:
- Carry a notebook wherever you go (pocketsize is best).
- Whenever an idea pops up in your head, jot it down; don’t “I’ll write it down later, it’s easy to remember…”, you will forget it, trust me.
- Organize your notes in a neat fashion.
And don’t forget a pen!
#2) Planning your writing
My writing process goes like this:
Some call content planning writing an outline, I say different. Why? Because the main idea of an outline is to help simplify your writing process, but there are more ways to do that.
I find using my personal planning technique works the best, thus, you should do what suits you best: pictures, diagrams…
Preparation is always better than nothing.
Planning your writing helps you keep things in order and makes sure you don’t rely on your memory for what you’re going to write.
#3) Get off the net
Online and offline means two extremely different scenarios.
Staying online is like being stuck in another world; problem? Writing is an offline task. Hint: Microsoft Word.
Do you see the problem with doing an offline task on an online environment?
Online is more fun.
Every now and then when writing gets you a little dull, you have an excuse to slack off and get into your comfort zone = internet browsing.
Thus, by burning your bridge to the net, you have nowhere to escape from writing, which means your only choice is non-stop writing – which is ultimately what you want.
Burning your bridge?
Turn off your internet modem/wireless card; unplug your internet cable.
That’s right, don’t build the bridge back until you have completed your task.
#4) Eliminate distractions
Obvious but true.
Eliminate everything possible that can distract you from writing efficiently.
Adjust the environment to get into your optimal performance.
A thumbs up is to make your surroundings simple and de-clutter your workspace; make a writing room!
Yes, a room that has nothing but objects that help you write.
Get everything out of your room and ask yourself the question every time you’re not sure if an item should be removed: “does this item help me write?” If no, take it out.
Eventually, you should have a: desk, laptop, notebook, glass of water.
That is really all you need.
If a writing room is not possible, shift a desk and make yourself face the corner with only your laptop in your sight.
You know what I mean.
- Take notes, as soon as possible.
- Plan your writing (not necessarily an outline).
- Burn the net bridge.
- Get a writing room, or, a writing corner.
This is what works best for me, would it work for you?
I say a drastic increase in product output.