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7 Lifehacks to Boost Your Writing Productivity



7 Lifehacks to Boost Your Writing Productivity


Modern technology is supposed to help writers get their work done faster. They no longer have to go to the library to do research, travel half of the country to talk to a person with inspiring life experience or do a lot of hand-written edits to a manuscript making it close to unreadable. However, it seems that the exact opposite is happening. Technology has become the very reason why they are being distracted.

The fact that most writers are always online when writing accounts for much of the distraction and lack of focus. It inevitably leads to procrastination, propelled by time-wasting platforms such as social media. Then, of course, there is writer’s block, which happens to every writer, and in this day and age, it’s happening a lot more often than it should.

All of these things add up to a lot of time during which you are not productive as a writer. Fortunately, you can turn things around and make modern technology work in your favor, as it was originally intended to. Check out the list we’ve put together, containing 7 life hacks and tools every writer should use to boost their productivity and quality of their content in no time.

1)    Figure out the Time and Place for Writing

Although the writing process is usually seen as something creative and without any restrictions, a little discipline can actually go a long way. Make sure you find a place for yourself where you can concentrate on your writing, with as little distractions as possible.

Also, try and stick to a certain writing schedule. Although it may seem like you can’t force yourself to be creative, establishing a routine will help you eliminate bad writing habits, such as procrastination. You can teach yourself to switch to “writing mode” on a regular basis. You can rely on the trusted old method of writing down your schedule on a piece of paper, or you can use online apps such as Todoist and Wunderlist to help you manage your time in a more efficient manner.

2)    Maintain Your Focus

Although it makes a lot of sense to check your emails and messages on social media accounts before you tackle your next writing project, you should do the exact opposite. Use that time when your mind is fresh and well-rested to focus on getting as much writing done as possible. Otherwise, before you know it, you will have spent hours on social media or YouTube. You can still do that, but only after you’ve filled your writing quota for the day. In the meantime, you can use a tool like StayFocusd to block your access to distracting websites.

Also, if you have a huge workload, or if you are writing a book, don’t think about how much work there is to be done, or you will get discouraged. Instead, work in short, but very productive bursts. If you are familiar with Pomodoro Technique, there are apps like Tomato Timer which can assist you in maintaining your focus.


3)    Don’t be Afraid to Brainstorm

Once you begin to brainstorm, don’t be afraid to flush out all of your ideas, no matter how useless or downright crazy they may seem. You shouldn’t focus on finding one that works within minutes. In fact, the real goldmine of ideas is located at the very end of the brainstorming process. Check the “Third third” method to see what we’re on about.

Just like with creating your schedule, you can use pen and paper to brainstorm or, you can use apps that are designed to create visual maps which help you make the most out of the brainstorming process. We recommend Mindmup and MindMeister.

4)    Writing Comes First, Editing Second

It’s OK not to feel inspired at times, but instead of waiting for your inspiration to come along, you can be more proactive and just start writing about anything, in order to get those creative juices flowing. But, before you can start writing, you need to eliminate all of the things that might distract you from being at your most productive. A distraction can be anything that’s out of place in your room or on your desk, or stuff that’s on your computer, and that includes your text editor! We recommend that you check out minimalistic word-processing apps like Ommwriter and ZenPen and see the difference.

Also, you may feel tempted to edit your work and wrap up smaller sections of your work, but you would be better off by seizing your creativity and making the most of it by putting writing front and center. You can always edit later, even if you’re not feeling too creative. If you simply can’t resist the temptation, try using Ilys, which doesn’t allow for any edits until you’ve hit the word count.

5)    Take a Break

Although taking a break will technically set you back in terms of time, you may end up finishing your work more quickly by taking a few well-spaced breaks. It’s better to go out for a short walk, exercise, or treat yourself to your favorite meal, instead of dragging your feet in front of your computer, trying to squeeze out words. Take a break, clear your mind, and before you know it, you will come back to work full of new ideas and solutions to problems you couldn’t previously solve.

6)    Time to Edit

To make sure your work is flawless and free of any spelling and grammar errors, do some thorough proofreading and editing. Because this part of the writing process can be a bit tedious, we recommend that you speed things along by using grammar-checking tools such as Grammarly and Ginger, which are incredibly accurate and fast.

If you are willing to go the extra mile, you can go out and hire a human editor to go over your work. The best course of action would be for you to contact EduGeeksClub, one of the best online writing services, which offers professional editing services by actual human editors. Another option would be to search for an editor on freelance websites like Upwork or, which is cheaper, but harder in terms of finding the right person for the job.

7)    Reward Yourself

After you’ve done all that hard work, you can relax and reward yourself in any way you see fit. Although having your writing completed is a reward in itself, it’s good to have a certain incentive waiting for you at the end of the writing process, such as going out to see a movie, or hanging out with your friends and family.


As you can see, there are ways of making modern technology work for you if you’re a writer. All it takes is some discipline, hard work, and a handful of apps and tools which are there to shoulder some of the burden and make your job easier, without compromising the quality of your work.

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Can You Receive A Compliment Without It Getting To Your Head?



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Receiving compliments gracefully isn’t as easy as it should be for some people. How about you: are YOU ready for someone to give you a pat on the back? To be pushed to doing more? To have someone give you a supporting hand? To be picked up when you fall down?

Sure, we may think that’s what we want. But is it what we need to develop, to grow, and to get better?

If someone complimented you on every little improvement you made while learning a new skill, would you not start to feel a bit marginalized? That perhaps they didn’t really think you could do it? What about when you do something that seems pretty easy and everyone made it into a big deal?


Receiving Compliments When You Are Not Ready For It

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

Developing new skills is never free of trouble. We all know the level of foundation that must be built to get from being a novice, before reaching greatness. In the learning process, we all know when we are in that frustrating stage of not being quite as good – but we know what we have to do to get there.

It’s in these moments that receiving compliments on your every action could minimize your efforts. That’s because if they truly knew you, people would be holding out for when you make that big, defining leap. 

As we overcome hurdles in our learning and development, friends, family members, and colleagues will know when the time is right to provide encouragement. They know that when that moment comes, those words will have the right amount of impact on you.

Think back to when you were growing up, playing some elaborate game. Perhaps you spent hours creating this game: building a fort, putting together things that the rest of your characters in the play could use. You pushed through despite the trials and problems.

It would have served absolutely no purpose for someone to congratulate you on every step (and misstep) along the way.  You would have lost your flow as you worked through the problem, constantly being interrupted – all while you were still trying to figure it out and understand where you needed to go.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments


When Receiving Compliments Makes You Content with Present Achievements

You might never have finished if someone patted you on the back early in that moment, content in the knowledge that you “thought up” the idea and that was enough. If everyone was saying you did great simply for thinking up something new, would it have compelled you to stop?

Maybe. Perhaps you would have stopped with that compliment.

As a parent, you learn when to encourage your children. Usually, it’s not when they show up, and not when they do what kids around them are able to do as well. It’s when they push themselves to do more. When they pick themselves up and still lose, when they try something new for the first time, fall over and fail, not sure if they should do it again.

Those are the moments when kids should be receiving compliments – NOT when they have done the same thing over and over again, or when they didn’t try their best but won anyways.

Kids know this. They can feel it when people give false compliments or encouragement because they did something they’ve always done. But when it is something meaningful, something they have worked hard for, they know the encouragement will be there to help them.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

The reason you might not be receiving compliments or encouragement when you want to is because you haven’t earned them or don’t deserve them yet.

Maybe your coaches, leaders, parents, or other people who support you know you are not ready for it. Perhaps they need to see you making that next big leap in your growth and development.

Those compliments might not come today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. But look at those around you – the great people you have chosen to surround yourself with – and you’ll see that they are waiting to give you that push. They are waiting for you to make it happen.

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3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart




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I truly believe that dreams must extend beyond wishes of self-improvement; that its goal should be to contribute to the world around you.

The heart is a fickle thing. Imagine how many amazing things wouldn’t have been accomplished if great minds simply stopped when they “didn’t feel like it”.

It’s human nature. I’m sure that during the course of over 300 bank rejections, Walt Disney had days when he felt like giving up. But he didn’t. He kept going. Why? It was because his dream went far beyond himself.

Here’s how YOU can keep going – even if it feels like your dreams are falling apart.


3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

1.) Remember The “Why”

Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

Often times, I find that dreams extend far beyond the simple purpose of making one happy. For example, being a songwriter in and of itself does not make me feel happy and fulfilled. Imagine if my life’s work was to write songs that no one would ever hear. That doesn’t elicit any feelings of happiness or fulfillment (at least to me).

Seeing and hearing the healing effects that come from the songs I create for others to hear? Now you’re talking. Healing and helping others is the part of my dream that keeps it alive. It gives me purpose in this world that goes far beyond myself and my skills.

I’m reminded of the character Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Scrooge’s goal in life was to have money – and lots of it. He set aside love and relationships for that dream. The result of this life goal was a lonely, cold, bitter old man.

I won’t ruin the whole story for the very few of you that may not have heard it. In the end, Scrooge discovered that what brought him fulfillment and happiness were community and generosity.

So what is the “why” to your dream? How is your dream going to affect those around you? Get beyond yourself. As many have said, YOU are your biggest obstacle to success.


2.) Take Off The Rose-Colored Glasses

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You know what I’m talking about. The “I’m going to make it big” and “I’m going to famous/rich/etc.” I hate to take a pointy realistic needle to your big ideas, but I’m doing it out of love. Here it is:

Your dream isn’t going to look exactly how you pictured it.

Take a minute to take that one in. Still here? Yes. Alive? Yes. Not Bleeding? No? Hurt a bit?

It’s OK. I know. I’ve been there. Dreams are vulnerable. We spend countless hours imagining what it would be like and how we will get there. But the truth is, in my experience, they have never turned out exactly how I have imagined. Why? We live in a world of people and circumstances that we can’t control.

Here is where the “why” comes in. The beautiful thing is that your works are a direct result of your heart’s intention…and what you put out into the world never comes back void. Here’s an example:

As a singer-songwriter, the common idea of making it big for my line of work is to have a hit song or perform in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden (I’m more inclined towards Red Rock Amphitheatre, but you get the picture).

Let’s say that I work and strive tirelessly to do everything I need to do to reach that goal. I release a song, I tour around the US, develop a large following, get on the radio, etc. Along the way, I hear stories of how this song has impacted the people who have heard it. Stories describing how it brought healing, encouragement, and hope.

To go further, what if I never even make it that far? What if circumstances happen and I can’t tour? What if everything “falls apart”? What if I end up playing at open mics for the rest of my life? What if it doesn’t happen in the next year? Two years?

Does that change the fact that my song helped heal and open the heart of a broken and depressed Vietnam Vet? Or how it helped encourage an author to keep going and writing? Or how my song started a conversation on how to look past the labels overshadowing soldiers and their families?

It’s all about your perspective of success, my friend. To me, because my “why” and my heart’s intention are to help people, those stories above are my version of success. It’s what keeps me going. If I get to Madison Square Garden (or Red Rocks), well that’s just icing on top of the cake.

Keep going on your dream. Make a plan, and in the words of .38 Special, “Hold on loosely, but don’t let go.” Roll with the punches and understand that even greater things can come when things don’t go according to your plan.


3.) Make Your Dream Your Job

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No, I don’t mean quit your job and have no income while you work on your dream. That’s an entirely different article (and completely up to you). I’m talking about treating your dream like it is your job.

For example, if you completely failed at a presentation at work, would you just quit and not go the next day? No! You have a livelihood and an expectation to show up. So why quit on your dream at the first sign of failure?

Treat your dream like your job. Make a plan, show up every day, and understand that it may take a while to see any results. I know many songwriters who wrote hundreds of songs before they wrote a hit. However, they never would have reached it if they didn’t take that first step, made a commitment, and wrote 100 songs first.

Dreams don’t just happen. They take work. So go get started!

My best advice under this theme is check out the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It is by far the best resource I have discovered in my journey of living out my dream.

Here’s the deal. With every goal that I have set and achieved, I never sat at the end and thought to myself, “man, look at what I did”. Believe it or not, I was more overwhelmed with the thoughts of the journey that I had to take to get there – the good and the bad.

I would admire and laugh at the unexpected things that came. I would smile and enjoy the character it built, the person that I became in the process. In the end, the best thing about dreams and goals isn’t their achievement, but the journey that you take to get there.

Never forget that the dream in your heart was put there for a reason. You were made to make an impact on this world.

Enjoy the journey and never, ever give up. Keep going.

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