Hardwork sometimes is not good enough as writers. The more clients or writing gigs we get, the more important it is for us to understand productivity and how important it is to our growth. Being busy and not meeting deadlines doesn’t spell productivity.
With the hustle and bustle of life especially if you stay in Lagos, other responsibilities and for those who work a 9-5, these practical tips will show you that we care about your productivity as a writer .
Put your phone on silent
This is the first rule to getting any serious work done. We don’t know if it’s just us but there’s this thing about when it’s time to work, the phone alarm goes off, text messages, both the wanted and the unwanted ones, keep coming in. Let’s not talk about the emails and those calls. You may not be able to prevent them from coming but you can prevent them from disturbing you. Just put the phone on silent.
Mute your email with Gmail pause
It’s good that you’ve put your phone on silent but you must know that it is not enough. If you’d be working with your laptop which is most likely the case, you need to take it a step further by muting your email so that you don’t keep getting distracted from that end.
Sort out your to-do list
It is no longer enough to have a to do list . You need to prioritize work that needs to be done. Most times we just write out tasks for the day and eventually do the least important ones leaving the most important ones for another time. That needs to stop. Highlight your tasks by must do, should do and want to do and start with the must do obviously.
Smile and be happy
When you are getting it right, smile and when you are not and it feels like you are getting overwhelmed take a deep breath and smile more. Don’t panic, don’t get nervous; it only makes things worse. Everything will be fine