I am a compulsive mind-wanderer. I'm sure there's a better word or description for that, but that's the one I like.
I've noticed that I'm much less likely to start a hub when I don't have something to write about. I know what you're thinking, "duh". Am I right? However; if you are like me, and you have trouble staying focused, then I have a few tricks that have helped me write more efficiently.
This all started because I am going to have to take a week hiatus from HP because of some work duties I have to attend to. In the last 10 days I've tried to make up for the days I would miss while I'm gone. The only way to do this has been to write 2-3 hubs/day. This has been an extraordinarily tall task, but in doing it I've figured out a few things that have made me much more efficient in my hub writing.
1.) Do your keyword research
2.) Come up with 5-10 titles and save them as "unpublished".
3.) Write your hubs straight from one to the next without doing anything else. If you are halfway done with a hub, then pickup where you left off the next day, again, without doing anything else.
By no means am I saying to write low quality hubs without proper research. Rather, I'm suggesting you write on subjects that you have done research one, are knowledgeable about, and that are similar to each other.
In doing this I've noticed that I can be much more efficient because I don't pause to think about my earnings, statistics, title changes, research, the forums or even bookmarking. Internal linking seems to make more sense as I stay on the same subject as well.
In summary I do everything in 5s and 10s. If my strategy for bookmarking is to twitter, buzz.yahoo, redgage, digg - then I do all of those for the 5-10 articles at one time rather than submitting them separately. This has saved me a load of time and hopefully it will help you to!
I pile up all of the monthly bills as they arrive in one basket. As I make enough money to pay them, I move them to another basket. If they are online bills that don't arrive in the mail, I write the amount due on a piece of paper and throw it into the basket. I also put in an amount for retirement savings.
This keeps me very motivated.
I'm a compulsive mind-wanderer too. I love to write but find that little things distract me or I procrastinate. I like your tips, they're really helpful. The one thing that I try to do to stay focused is shut down all the non-necessity things like Facebook and Twitter and put my cell phone away, otherwise I'll be checking them and get distracted with them.
I put my mind wanderings directly into my hubs. Saves any real effort.
@ Mark LOL - I think mine makes it into mine as well.
And your hubs are always worth reading Mark! BTW I misplaced another point, I think it might be wandering the cookie aisle.
When I write a hub, I'm rechecking my facts, possibly watching a movie on netflix and aimless web surfing. Of course that might be why my hubs take an average of 6 hours to write
@evvy_09 - In the past my hubs took 6 hours to write as well. I was checking back and forth between financeyahoo my e-mail, sports updates, my phone etc.. Now I can get a decent hub up in 2-3 hours.
You are doing better than me. I spend around 12 hours per day on the computer with only around one hub per day average. Occasionally, I will go on a streak and put out 3 hubs in one day, so I know that I could put out close to a hundred hubs per month if I really put my mind to it. But then again, I would probably start to hate my life if I did that, so maybe this is the best way for me.
Don't think I'll ever learn. I started two hubs yesterday then wandered off to fix my hair, came back worked a little, checked email and facebook then washed dishes before going to town.
Right now officially I'm working on a hub.
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