I speak to new bloggers who say writing content is the hardest task they face.
They have lots of content to share but never manage to get it down on paper. They give up too easily or pay someone to write articles.
If you find writing new content hard you have to ask yourself:
Am I writing about a topic I enjoy?
If you are NOT passionate about the topic, writing content will be much harder.
Content flows with passion. Tweet this.
Most influencers or content marketers write about topics they LOVE. They are so passionate about the topics they go to any length to learn new information and write about their experiences.
On the other hand, some successful authors shut themselves off from the world and focus for days on writing parts of their book.
We all have different ways to be productive.
Those who find their productive zone are the ones who consistently produce content, complete projects and generally get shit done!
They are doers!
Below are some ideas that might help you find a place where you can be productive and write more.
Here are some ways to get the juices flowing and get some content either down on paper or digital format.
Me, I go digital when I write.
Not all of these methods will appeal to you. You have to find your own comfort zone where you are most productive.
Get mobile – if you have a smartphone or iPad use the notes function to write in. WordPress and Squarespace have apps that allow you to connect to your blogs and write draft posts.
Being mobile for me is an easy option. It allows you to write anywhere. Fair enough the iPhone keyboard is tiny and not suitable for all but I can get enough content written and then edit it via the browser.
If you can get enough content written down on your mobile device it's easy to continue where you left off. I often find writing in the strangest places often becomes productive and inspires fresh ideas.
Try it, do it somewhere you've never worked before and try writing from your mobile device.
2. Public Transport Time
Use your travel time wisely. Next time you use public transport, take out your mobile devices and start writing a few paragraphs. A 20-minute journey into town allows me to write a new blog post or work on existing content.
You can guess what I do for the bus journey home, another 20 mins of content written.
3. Rise Early
Get up 1 hour earlier than your usual time and write. This is obvious for any form of productivity but deciding to get up early allows you to work and focus on that one thing, writing!
I have days where I can get more work done in the morning than I do other full days.
4. Time Blocking
Try time blocking. A great way to zone in is to work in time blocks. Unplug for 1 hour a day just to write. If you plan to write all day then use the Pomodoro technique.
Work for 25 mins, take a 5 min break – do this four times.
After that take a 15-30 minute break
Here's a 25 minute timer to help or set a countdown on your phone.
5. Bullet Lists
If you are starting from scratch use a bullet list.
Start with a list of 10 keywords. Next write a sub list of 5 keywords under the 10 keywords.
Next, write a paragraph about each of the 5 keywords in more details. You will have a written article before you know it!
Trust me! Try it!
6. Reward Yourself
Reward yourself often. Set a target to write one article a week but reward yourself when it's complete, like:
- Buy a big slice of cake.
- Get a full body massage.
- Afternoon of volleyball.
Acknowledge your own success it will give you confidence and help your creative side produce more content.
7. The Coffee Shop
Find your zone in a coffee shop. I love working from coffee shops, the sounds and environment are the most productive for me. You might have to visit a few different places until you find your zone but it's well worth it.
Most cafes have great wi-fi and there are many co-working places popping up. These places can be inspirational. You start meeting like-minded people who are working on their own businesses.
8. Sync Your Digital Device
Do it all digitally. I mostly draft post and ideas on iPhone using Evernote or Google Docs and then edit and finish off on my Mac. Writing on my mobile always gets me started.
Having my devices synced means I can literally continue where I left off on any device. Evernote, Google Docs, Notes, Google Keep, Squarespace app, WordPress app can all be used to draft up content.
Do it often!
The more you write the easier it gets. If you start writing regularly in time blocks or set days then over time you will notice that it becomes easier and quicker to switch into writing mode.
This is something I personally am trying to do more of. I'm considering it as my next 30 Day Challenge after Vidvember.
750words.com is the daily target!
Drink water and replenish body fluids!
Stay re-hydrated when writing it will keep your mind buzzing. Don't believe me… try drinking 2-4 liters of water a day. Your brain will thank you at some point.
If you have a smartphone try the Dragon Dictation App. This app allows you to speak into your phone and it converts your voice to text.
It does require a little learning on how to use the app correctly but it can save you hours of time. Google Docs and Apple iPhone also have brilliant dictation features that convert your text.
Another option is to use Rev.com to convert your audio into text.
So Now You Just Have To Get Started!
Once you find your zone the productivity will come.