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Simple techniques to increase your writing productivity

Updated on January 21, 2014

#2 Of the 30/30 challenge! Do you Lack motivation?

Most people do, and they do not realize it.

When a person has a "regular" 9 to 5 job, they are inclined to take their work seriously, because if they do not, they most likely wont get paid.

This changes when a person decides to work from home. Instead of taking their work seriously, they start to lack the motivation that they need in order to make ends meet.

So, do you lack motivation?

A good way to find out is to record just how many hours you work, versus how many hours you rest, and do other activities around your house. For example:

  • Do you work more than 5 hours at home?
  • Do you organize your schedule?
  • Do you take one too many breaks?
  • Do you accomplish every single goal that you have for the day?
  • Is your productivity showing on your worK?

If you had doubts about any of these questions, then it is most likely that you ARE NOT Taking advantage of every single opportunity that you have working from home, OR you are simply not motivated enough to work as hard as you should!

There are 5 very simple solutions to this problem, and I'm going to discuss them in detail in a bit.

When working from home, you need to remember two things:

You are your own boss, and there's not going to be someone breathing down your neck for you to get things done. This means that you need to be in control of what you are doing.

Here are five different ways to increase your productivity!

1. Set a schedule for everything

Make sure that you are in control of every little thing that you do.

When beginning to work from home, it can be really easy to take the "free" time that you have for granted, this is why its smart to schedule everything in advance as much as you can.

Most individuals that work from home, love to schedule their weeks in advanced. Why? Because this way, they actually begin to get used to working from home. You see, when it comes to working from home, it can be really easy to start slacking off here and there.

Have you ever used the phrase, "I'll just do it tomorrow" more than once? If you have, then don't worry, just follow this guideline, and you'll get back on track!

2. Eliminate All Distractions

Eliminate any and all of the things that can distract you from putting all of your attention on your work.

Children, Chores, Work, Family etc.. As much as we would like to do everything, we just can't break ourselves in five different ways. This is why we need to make sure we take our work seriously.

This is one of the things that tickles me about working from home. Even though I make my own hours, I do have a lot of distractions. From listening to my son play around in the house, to making that my dog doesn't kill the cats in the back yard. Do I love my job? yes! But I have to constantly remind myself to get back to work? Oh yes! But its not hard, since whenever I get to work, I automatically open up my personal organizer, and I see what tasks are priority.

This brings me to Number 3!

3. Get A personal organizer, and Have it close to you.

This is perhaps one of the most helpful things that you can use when you work from home. Not only do you save a lot of time when you work, BUT you can actually manage to get MORE things done when you set your mind to it.

I use my cell phone as my personal organizer, because I recently downloaded an App to keep all million of my work stuff on track. I cannot tell you how much better my time management skills have gotten. Not only am I getting things done on time, BUT I'm actually getting things done in advanced!

A personal organizer doesn't have to be elegant or electronic, it can be a personal journal where you put all of the tasks that you need to get done, and as much detail as you can about them.

*When you use a personal journal Make sure you set your dates accordingly! I've made the mistake of thinking I put dates on everything I need to do, and in reality I just wrote the work I need to get done. It put me Farther behind on work!

You can buy inexpensive, small but useful personal organizers in Amazon! I highly recommend them!

4. Don't forget to take care of yourself!

Even though we work from home, this doesn't necessarily mean that we have to abandon all means of taking care of ourselves!

We still need to sleep, we still need to eat, and we definitely need to keep up with our Hygiene.

On several occasions, I've had the problem that because I was trying to keep up with several private clients, I didn't have time to do the basic things that I needed to get done. I had a poor diet, I barely slept, and on top of all, I started to get sick.

Working from home has a lot of positive things to it. However, it also has a lot of downsides to it as well. As freelancers we need to find the time to get take care of ourselves, and do what ever we need to go.

Here are a few ways that you can do this:

  • Take breaks in between each hour. BUT MAKE SURE YOU COME BACK AND GET WORK DONE.
  • Set a time to eat, and STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER! This is a must for freelancers. If you have children, make them lunch, and eat with them. This is the positive side of working from home!
  • Make sure you start every morning fresh. When you feel fresh, you think fresh. So, take a bath, and enjoy some time to yourself.
  • If you can't do it, Don't spread yourself too thin! Don't try to do it all. Its admirable, but no amount of money is worth having a break down! Make sure you get sleep, and that you let your private clients know that you are tired. This is why I love Hubpages, because when I can't keep up with Private clients, I still make money on here!

And Finally, #5!

Don't Multitask!

Yup, this is a big one! Believe it or not, too many writers think that they can multitask, but in reality, this is a big waste of time. I've written several Hubs about how to keep up with your work, and I have noticed how so many writers multitask online.

Multitasking to me seems like it wastes more time than what it saves. Think about, you start on more than one project, and instead of finishing one thing at a time, you are stuck working on the two or three projects at the same time. It may seem like you are saving time in the process, but there are writers that believe that it is 100 times better to start, and finish a single project before starting on the next one!

So, think about this, next time you want to say yes to every single project that comes your way. Or, when you want to take on more than one project at a time!

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      Charlyn June 5 years ago from Philippines

      I'm on my way to applying these tips.. Enjoying your hubs.. You're a lot of help to me..

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      I fully Agree with you on that one! I used to be the exact same way. However, when I took a look at all of my "accomplishments" I saw that I had 3 different projects left unfinished. Or half way.. I was disappointed! So, taking the time to finish one project at a time proved to me better, and more profitable for me!

      Thank you for reading!

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      Jody Thompson 6 years ago

      The biggest take away for me was Don't Multitask. I soooo need to embrace this as I'm the person trying to do 8 things at once.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      chesnut: Thank you so much for your comment. Its true, sometimes working for yourself can be bad. Especially when you do not have any control over your work.

      CloudExplorer: I'm glad to have you comment on my Hubs. Its perfectly ok, I've been so busy with other projects, i've really neglected the comments on my hubs.

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Cyndi10: Its very important to keep track of everything that you have to do through out the day. I myself have lists all over the house. My family thinks i'm crazy, however, I think its necessary. Once I accomplish all of my goals, I see my earnings and I know my lists were worth it.

      Thank you for your comment! I'm happy you enjoyed my Hub!

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      This was really good advice. I keep lists. On the days I don't have list prepared, I lose track of what I want to accomplish and consequently accomplish very little. I've tested this. I also think multitasking is overrated. I think if you have more that one project going at a time, be very precise on when you've ended your attention to one before moving on to another. Great hub. Glad you shared this.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      This is some truthful precious advice, and I'm taking note on it all, because I work from home, its not easy to balance things out much as you've stated, and for that matter I will think about lessening my work load quite a bit, but will still keep the same focus and drive to pursue my dreams here on the web, and on hubpages.

      I haven't read a hub from you in quite a while, mainly because I simply lost track of so many of the people I first met here and followed, and due to the fact that writing so much takes all of my time on hubpages, I'm glad I found you hub here.

      Thanks you so much @Jessie10 for sharing such a great wonderful and useful hub as this. I will definitely be sharing it everywhere I can.

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      echesnut 6 years ago from Houston, TX Area

      This is a very good Hub! I met several people that were successful in their job, but completely failed when they tried to work for themselves. The good news was that they worked for themselves. The bad news was that they worked for THEMSELVES. Unfortunately, they sucked as a boss.

      Thank you for sharing theses great tips. I will be sharing this Hub with a few of my friends.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Very true! Whenever I take my time, and get organized everything falls into place. When I do one project at a time, I honestly finish my work a lot faster.

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      Sally Hayes 6 years ago

      I agree with you on the multi-tasking! It just wastes time! Nothing meaningful can get done when you've got 25 plates spinning the air.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Good for you. I have the same problem. There are days when I have one or two deadlines. Easy enough to meet. Now, I'm lucky if I finish more than one deadline a day! But, organization does go a long way in many cases.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I normally freestyle work but now the work is so much, i just bought a wrist watch and planning to organize my time.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      The thing when you're first starting, at least for me, is you wanna build your resume and your clientele. You'll take any job. I want to get to the point where I can raise my rates and be more selective!

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you for your comment!

      I completely know what you are talking about. I've had the same experiences before. This was when I was just starting my freelance career, so I didnt know I had more options like Hubpages to make money. I had this guy give me 30 articles to write, with a turn around time of 24 hours.

      I have never written so many articles in one day. The pay wasn't even great, but I needed the money so I stuck with him. But yes, being a freelancer can be hard, but there is always something that can cheer us up.

      Thank you for your comment, and for reading!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Jessi, these are great tips, once again. The biggest one for me is keeping up personal hygiene. I have a client that I work with fairly regularly and he tends to give me his work (usually 10-20 pages, single spaced and very dense and dry) about 48-72 hours before his deadline. He's not a good writer so I end up working for hours just fixing basic grammar. One time, I worked for three days straight, barely ate, didn't get dressed and never ventured to the shower. My wife finally took my computer away and made me take a shower :-)

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing these helpful advice. I have to agree that working from home has it's fair share of disadvantages. Like for me, I have to really work on my focus and my internet connection so badly. I take careful baby steps at a time and now I yield better results.

      Voted up and sharing! :D

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Sparklea: Thank you so much for your comment!

      It's true, too many freelancers do not take the time to finish a single project, but then multitask. At the end of the day, they are still working on the same projects that they have been working on all day. This just wastes time, and energy if you ask me.

      I enjoyed the bit about your cat, Martha. I have three cats, and TRUST ME when I say, its not easy dealing constant noise!

      Thank you for your comment! Keep a lookout for my future hubs!

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      Sparklea 6 years ago

      I totally agree multi-tasking is a disaster. Doing one thing at a time, no matter what it is, at least you get ONE THING done! If I have five things going at once, by the end of the day I still have five unfinished projects. But if I stick with one, I only have four left. VERY challenging when writing. Trying to complete a book and our cat, Martha, loves to get into mischief to distract me. Or lay on my pages! Sometimes I have to lock her up. THANK YOU for your wonderful advice, I printed it out, and I put it in my hub folder to refer to again and again. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      This is really a great challenge..Thanks Jessi

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you for your comment! Im glad this Hub helped you. Take these suggestions, and see if they can continue to help you with OTHER projects and businesses as well!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your last comment about not multi-tasking is a good one. I am going to try to focus on one project at a time as you suggest. Hopefully this will let me concentrate more and it will feel good to check one off on the "to-do" list!

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you for commenting.

      Multitasking may sound like a time saver, but in reality, it just takes up more time to get things done. Thats just my opinion though!

      Keep a lookout for my future Hubs, and My 30/30 hub challenge!

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great hub Jessi...thank you for sharing this informative hub to us...yeah, i do too experience that at times...

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      scottrights 6 years ago from San Diego

      I definitely cannot multitask. Many good points.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you very much! These are great ideas. I hope it helps more than one writer!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Commonsense ideas that are easy to implement. Should be read by all hubbers. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sturgeonl 6 years ago

      I am currently learning to organize a work from home schedule. Your information has given me some good suggestions to implement. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I am a list person--I like writing my to-do list and I love crossing them off!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is good advice.. I am a caregiver.. and I write when I can. writing takes me away,. thanks for a great hub.

      voted up

      debbie

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you so much for your comment! Its true, freelancers often forget to do the smallest most practical things like Eat, shower, change clothes because we are so tired, and busy. However, if we don't do those things, we end up getting sick, and then we don't have enough energy to work. So, we lose BIG time!

      I'm glad you enjoyed this, and that it helped you.

      Keep a lookout for my next Hubs on this 30/30 challenge!

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent advice! I keep a journal and at night I spend about 15 minutes jotting down the tasks I want to complete for the next day. I shamefully admit that sometimes I forget to take care of myself and I end up getting sick. I told myself today that I need to schedule more time to get ready in the morning and to give myself a real lunch break (vs. eating at my computer). I think it will make a difference in my production. I really enjoy your hubs, Jessi10. Thank you for writing.

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