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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 Freelancer.com, 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.