on The Creative Penn:
[Note from Joanna: This article has been scheduled in advance for a while, but in current circumstances, it might help make the most of your time sheltering in place/in lockdown/quarantine. It’s tough to concentrate right now, but let’s try to make the most of it.]
Good news: You’re about to increase your writing productivity.
If you’re like me, you’d be writing and doing at least three other different things. Doing the laundry, thinking about what to eat for lunch, and scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed. The list goes on.
And for this reason, I’d like to share with you an important topic. It’s about productivity.
As professional writers, we ought to pay more attention to how we’re spending our time. Because if we spend our time poorly, we’re likely to end up not getting any work done. Plain and simple.
If we can write as fast as we can, wonderful things happen. We’ll be able to train ourselves to get the best words out of our heads and onto paper in less time. The earlier we finish, the sooner we can proofread and edit our book.
Most importantly, being productive transforms us as persons. We learn the value of doing our best to reach our goals.
Within four years of writing for a living, I’ve learned these six secrets to managing my time with efficiency: