With various notifications vying for our attention, staying focused on your work can be challenging. However, it’s unreasonable and nearly impossible to completely shut out the world while you write. Most people don’t have the luxury of turning off their phone or disconnecting from the internet. The key is to optimize your current workflow to give yourself the best chance to get work done. With a few easy tips and the right the tools you can increase your productivity without changing your life.
Don’t lose your train of thought
Whether you’re writing an essay for school, a press release for work, or your first novel, getting started is hard. The best advice everyone should follow is don’t wait for inspiration. Nothing will be perfect the first time around, and that’s okay. Your sentences may be rough and your narrative structure is all over the place, but at least it’s on paper. Fight the urge to delete everything and restart, instead get organized by using these tips.
Clear your desk / desktop / workspace:
Start by decluttering your environment. Your desk should only have your essentials, like your phone, a notepad, important documents, and maybe a snack. If you work out of your bedroom, now is the time to pick up your dirty clothes off ground. If your desktop is a sea of random file icons, time to dump those in the trash. By keeping things clean, you won’t have any excuses preventing you from working.
Do your research first:
Get your facts straight before you get started, instead of stopping every 20 minutes to look something up. First, make a tentative outline of your project. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but it’s nice to have a general idea of where you’re going. Keep in mind, the quality of your research can make or break what you’re trying to convey. Therefore, pick your references wisely and organize how you plan on using them.
Set a schedule / timer:
Keep track of time, but don’t let it control you. Establish time periods that work with you, not against you. If you walk your dog a few times a day or have recurring meetings, set these as natural breaks. Don’t force yourself to arbitrarily stop every hour or have lunch when you’re not hungry. The goal is to prevent unnecessary pauses to your creative workflow.
Using the right tools to organize your ideas
Write more instead of fiddling with settings and staring at font choices by using minimalist word processing software. Platforms such as WriteWay present a clean and simple interface that promotes concentration and increases efficiency. When inspiration strikes, don’t let your thoughts get lost in a pile of sticky notes on your desk. Use the WriteWay Integrated Idea Board to save content for later use. Your ideas will always be in arms reach and can be instantly dragged into your content.
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