Writing Efficiently – How To Become An Efficient Writer

By on March 26, 2021

Writing efficiently is a useful skill to master for any author.

When it comes to your writing sometimes it can feel like the slow progress is draining the life out of you. In the days where we don’t feel motivated to write, achieving any kind of efficiency seems impossible. However, it is worth noting that speed and quality don’t often go hand in hand. If you want to be at your most efficient you need to work out how to be productive.

Stop multitasking, start compartmentalizing

instead of trying to juggle lots of different projects and tasks at once, focus on one thing at a time. Switching from one task without completing the last one is a productivity and motivational killer So don’t edit while you write, don’t stop to check emails, don’t try to achieve two things at once. Instead, compartmentalize what you need to do and then zone in and work methodically on each task before moving onto the next. You can do this by creating an editorial plan, gather and merge your research and data together to ensure what you are writing about has substance, create an outline for your work, draft your article and only edit it once the first draft is complete.

Create slick systems to keep you on track

If you understand your processes, you’ll understand how to improve them. If you breakdown the steps it takes for you to complete an article from start to finish and the processes required to complete the steps you’ll have a working document to follow and be able to standardize your process for greater efficiency. 

Be prepared to go with the flow

Achieving flow is what many writers strive for. In this state, you become so immersed in what you’re doing that time almost becomes irrelevant and writing efficiently requires no effort. You are more likely to get there if you minimize other distractions, pay no attention to your negative inner critique, and trust yourself to go where the ideas are flowing. 

Use timed interval writing

Another useful way to become more efficient is to write in timed intervals. This gives you a finite amount of time in which you must focus and concentrate, after which you can allow yourself to relax your attention. Block out specific periods of time in your day to focus on processing your writing and you’ll become much more productive as a result. You could try something like the “Pomodoro Technique” where you work in 25-minute spurts, have a 5-minute break, and repeat four times where you will then get a longer break.

Automate what you can

Automation tools can be fantastic for writing efficiently  You may need to experiment with what works best for you but you could try a dictation tool, a text expansion tool, and speller and grammar checkers to ensure your writing is error-free. 

While there are no shortcuts when it comes to being a great writer, it is possible to enhance your efficiency as one. Make use of the techniques discussed in this article to help you produce writing quickly, without compromising on quality. 

Now you know about writing efficiently, why not discover some easy ways to boost your productivity?

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