5 Bad Writing Habits Destroying Your Daily Productivity (and How You can Fix It)

5 Bad Writing Habits Destroying Your Daily Productivity (and How You can Fix It)

Productivity is a major issue for writers and the reason is simple — the more you write, the more you earn! You’ve probably heard of writers who make six figures per year and are living the dream. So, how come they’re so successful and you’re not? It comes down to simple writing habits. And if yours are bad, they can mar your writing business. Here are a few of those bad habits and how you can fix them. Thanks to our research team at penpee.com.

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1. Absence of a Writing Plan

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, says the old axiom. Starting off a story without having a clear direction in mind is a recipe for a hurricane-level disaster! Not only will your content suck, you would also have wasted so much time creating it.

Fix: Before writing a single word, you need to answer these questions: “what message am I trying to pass? Who are my audience? What specific issues will I be addressing and what writing tone will I adopt?” Then you must create the framework of your story…specifically the subheadings you will use and the message you will pass via those subheads. Once your framework is in place, developing the content will be a lot faster and easier.

2. Not Timing Yourself

Okay…so, here’s the deal, time is your greatest resource as a writer and if you can’t manage it, you don’t stand a chance of success — no matter how skilled you are! It’s so easy to lose track of time and if you don’t watch it, you can easily spend 3 hours on a writing task that you can complete in 30 minutes flat.

Fix: Set a reasonable time limit for every task! Everything that goes into your writing must be timed…from research, to framework development, to the actual writing, to editing, even to coffee breaks or quick naps in-between your working hours. Time tracking tools can help you out, but an old-school alarm clock will also do the trick.

3. Perfectionism

While being a perfectionist can be a good thing, it can easily be your downfall! Rewriting a single paragraph 10 times simply because you’re looking for clever words to convey a simple message is going to destroy your daily productivity. So, stop it…right now!

Fix: Write freely without stopping to correct anything. Just get the message out — trust me, it works. After your draft is complete, go over the entire content and edit as required. Remember this, though, “it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to work!”

4. Poor Organization

This is a major problem faced by a lot of freelance writers. Answering emails or responding to social chats while working on a content piece will only disrupt your thought flow and make you grossly inefficient.

Fix: This is a business…so, treat it like one. Before going to bed at night, create a feasible schedule of all the tasks you want to get done the following day (including answering email, chats etc.) and specify the time for each activity.

5. Inadequate Sleep

Okay workaholic — not sleeping is not helpful…at all! If you don’t sleep well at night and you depend on coffee to stay lucid, you’ll soon get burned out and it won’t be pretty.

Fix: Aim for 6–8 hours of sleep each night. Research has shown that there’s a direct correlation between sleep and workplace productivity. So, if you want the words to flow, then sleep more.

A Final Word

Nothing’s going to change until you make it change! Get rid of these bad habits ruining your daily productivity and the results will be astounding. You’ve got this!

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