As a life coach, when working with writers who are looking to be more productive one of the first areas, I focus on is their writing routine and structure. During this process one question that often receives a lot of surprise and resistance is the following:
“When you sit down to write, what is the first thing you do?”
Can you guess the number one answer I receive? If you said, ‘check emails and facebook’, you are right. Many writers sit down at their computer to work on a manuscript, but the first program they open is their email or facebook. Maybe it’s a quick 5 minutes, but often 20+ minutes have passed before they begin writing.
If you are someone who has the luxury to write full-time, it’s not a big deal. But for many writers who are trying to squeeze their writing into their already full life, they just gave away twenty valuable writing minutes.
What I encourage writers to do is protect their writing time. That means when they you are ready to write, focus only on writing. Once your writing session is over, then you can check emails or facebook, if you have time.
This simple change in how you approach your writing will help you keep your attention on your intent to write. Try this and you might just have your most productive writing year yet.
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