As technology progressed to provide us more with better convenience, it also provided us means to be distracted from being productive. Often, it gets at an alarming point where we get so drawn to procrastinating being unproductive at all.
One of the frustrations of writers revolves around this problem. A lot of individuals who engage in the practice often ask and question themselves as to why they are not maximizing their time productivity very well, but still, end up with minimal improvement in that aspect.
Whenever someone wants to be a writer, that goal entails a lot of discipline and sacrifice. Writers who have successful careers are the types of people who put a lot of consideration and effort to be able to be productive, and this characteristic of theirs often gets them awarded. Their readers are more keen on reading more about their works, and they stay as fans for as long as the writer intends to keep them that way.
Indeed and naturally, this dream won’t be achieved through slacking.
The Nature of A Reader
Readers aren’t also called “bookworms” without reason. Most of the times, readers that are fans of a writer want to keep on reading works from that author. However, the author can only gain this kind of demand when he/she puts out a lot of books.
It has been said in the industry that a successful writer only becomes such when he/she releases a new book every three to four months. Though it might not be the solid truth, its logic, however, cannot be debated.
Ideally, when you’re writing a series of material and had your audience hooked with the first novel, they would most likely anticipate for the second. If you wait for more than a year to publish its sequel, you might be compromising the momentum of your growing fan base, and this is something you’d very much want to avoid.
With this, it is essential to have a mindset that one needs to be productive to be successful in the craft.
There is no definite standard for productivity. Writers who write every day don’t necessarily put out new work at a frequent rate. Some writers who rarely write even put out new work more frequently than those who religiously write every day.
With that said, productivity then has nothing to do with the time that you put into doing the work.
Productivity deals more on the quality that you input with every passing minute.
Moreover, there a number of factors that affect productivity, and it would take a writer some self-assessment to achieve optimum productivity.
Ponder on your excuses.
It is no surprise that we all create excuses to avoid doing things, and writing is not excused of that unhealthy habit. It might be unavoidable; therefore, it is helpful to assess these excuses. Determine which reasons are unhealthy and would more likely to slump you unto procrastinating, and which ones are valid. Make writing as a responsibility. Don’t allow yourself to create too many excuses, and treat it as though it is not a variable that depends on your convenience and preference.
Never stop improving.
Though it might be unavoidable to have the feeling that your work is not enough or bad, there’s a way to turn that mindset around and use it for your development and growth. Instead of criticizing yourself to the point where you find no drive even to continue your work, it might be helpful to think of it positively. Thinking on how to improve things better is more effective than thinking a material is stuck in its current state. Instead of spending so many human hours dwelling on how your work is not yet at its optimum, you should spend more time on improving it and solve how to make it the best.
Even if your work would receive a lot of backlashes and negative criticism, don’t think that it’s the end of the world. The most successful writers aren’t even spared in this. Instead, take the criticism and use it to elevate the quality of your work. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and know that you can always learn from it. Take it as a challenge. Focus on how to up your game instead of slumping further.
Know when your best time to work.
Consider observing yourself for a week or more, and find out the time where you are at your peak times of motivation and focus as well as the times that you aren’t. While you’re at it, it might also be beneficial for you to go an extra mile in taking care of your health. Exercise more, have a healthier diet, control your alcohol.
Being self-aware is essential. This way, you will be able to have a more precise, more effective and efficient mind when writing.
There are still a lot of ways where you can start improving your productivity in writing, but the things mentioned above can significantly affect your performance in your craft.
Everyone is unique, and so are the things that work for them. Therefore, it is essential to know yourself and determine the things that work best for you. If you see in yourself that there is still a lot to improve on, try starting with the tips mentioned above and develop yourself to be at your peak.