12 Simple Productivity Habits That Help Me Write a Lot Daily 113

simple productivity habits to write a lot daily

I easily write between 2000 and 5000 words daily now, both for myself (this blog, books and other sites I have) and for clients (I’m a freelancer). That’s a result of some simple productivity habits I’ve developed over the years.

And as for some writers this is nothing, others still struggle with coming up with 500, and have a hard time starting, writing about different topics, focusing on quality, etc.

Every time I open a document now, I don’t close it until there are at least 1000 words. But it wasn’t like that before.

I also used to wait for inspiration to come, but now I know it’s everywhere around me, and has always been there. I just need to enter a state of a constantly inspired mind and soul, which can be felt in most of my writings.

If you’re a newbie, however, the first and most important thing to understand and accept is that you have to write all the time. No matter how difficult it is for you to concentrate, start writing, complete a page, edit, or else, you just need to keep doing it.
It’s one of the things in life that just need practice. Everything else comes and happens in time.

But if you really want to take things to the next level and are tired of not writing as much as you want daily, here are some simple productivity habits and tips I’ve found to work during the last few years that help me write a lot:

Simple Productivity Habits that Will Help You Become a More Productive Writer

1. Get up early.

I wrote this post at 5:30 am. And I know that by the time others wake up, I will have written quite a lot.

Here are some of the reasons waking up before dawn boosts your writing:
• the early hours of the day are perfect for creative work like that;
• there’s no one to distract you;
• having a morning routine helps you kickstart the day and get to work immediately after it;
• there’s nothing else you should be doing;
• it goes together with drinking your coffee in silence and peace;
• your mind isn’t engaged in anything else now;
• you can focus more easily;
• your willpower is not used up yet and you can get yourself to writing right away;
• action breeds more actions and when you finish a piece, you can move onto completing other tasks.

2. Don’t think and plan too much.

The good old outline is powerful and helps you get started, yes. But do this quickly, just writing down the title, subheading and some main points you can cover throughout the article/story/book/etc.

The point is to get to writing as soon as possible, as otherwise it just becomes another form of procrastination.

Also, if you feel inspired, start writing now. Precious moments like that shouldn’t go to waste.

Simple productivity habits like that may sound easy and small, but they have a huge effect on your writing and goals in life in the long-term.

3. Don’t think about editing.

Let go of judgment, don’t try to imagine how others will react when reading this.
It really doesn’t matter at this very moment.

4. Be present.

It’s just you and the empty page.
Everything else can wait, the only thing you should focus your mind on right now is writing. You have to get it done anyways, and now is the perfect time.

Don’t think about what you’ve written in the past, don’t try to prepare stuff you’ll write in the future. The only thing you have is the present moment, and your current activity deserves your full attention.

5. Be okay with mistakes and rejection.

Many people can write well but never do well at freelancing because they are perfectionists, or can’t handle rejection.

But think about it. Just like it is in life when no matter what you do there’s always someone to disapprove and judge you, so it is with writing.

You can never answer everyone’s expectations and meet their requirements with one article, or another piece of writing.

But each one also has a different purpose. Sometimes you’ll write content for your own blog, social media or other platforms, other times it will be for clients. Some of them will love your previous work and will let you write freely, while others will give you many instructions and can often make you rewrite the whole thing.

But you should be alright with rejection. Just like some people won’t like your book and some readers will prefer to visit other blogs but yours, so are some clients looking for someone different from you.

But that doesn’t mean you’re not good. Everyone’s unique in his writing. And the more you practice, the more awesome you become.

So that’s another one of the simple productivity habits that will help you become a productive writer.

6. Find your most productive time.

Mine is in the morning. The very first part of the day.
You’ll have to do some experimenting before you find when you get most done.

7. Schedule your day around it.

Once you find that time, organize your day in a new way – one where writing will be your main task for the day and anything else will come secondary. Free your most productive time, tell others to respect that, schedule all meetings and other tasks for earlier or later in the day, and dedicate that just to work.

That’s how I did it and it’s been great so far.

8. Don’t mix email and social media with writing.

Checking email and social media is a time-wasting habit, but we all have it to some extent.

However, it shouldn’t interfere with your creative flow while writing.

What you can do about it is have fixed hours in the day when you can indulge in such unproductive activities, or just limit yourself to checking email 2 times a day and spending time in social media for 1-2 hours.

9. Write down your ideas the moment they pop up.

A good habit of mine is to always have pen and paper around me so that I can write down an idea for a future post or book. Sometimes the most random things from daily life can awake your creative genius and you need to be prepared.
Then, in weak moments when you have nothing to write about, you can go back to these ideas and start creating content.

10. My 4 sacred hours.

Now this number may be different depending on your goals, but the goal of that is one – to have such a period in the day (it’s usually your most productive one and in the beginning of the day) that will be dedicated to writing for a few hours without being disturbed.

That means you’ll only take breaks to go to the toilet (and make more coffee like I do).

This sacred time means:
• no communication with people;
• no email or social media;
• no food;
• not being in a hurry;
• not thinking about the other things that need to get done this day;
• not letting others text you or call you during that time.

That’s how you take control and show how much you care about your productive work.
If you’re serious about getting a lot of writing done, that’s what you need to start doing daily and add to your arsenal of simple productivity habits.

11. Measure progress.

One of the things I track daily is the work I get done, when I start and finish, how much time I spend doing it, and how many words I’ve written.
And I can assure you that tracking itself has been quite beneficial.

As a result of that, I know whether I’ve been productive or not and can make the necessary changes (like eliminating unproductive activities).

I also see what works and start doing more of it, I track the progress, and can feel accomplished.
It’s also great for the moments when you want to examine the work you’ve done in the last week or so.

12. Learn how to start small.

Starting itself is the most important step towards writing a lot daily. But in order not to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, you need to take a tiny step.

Like just writing down one sentence, then the next. Or to read what you’ve written before and continue from there, or read a few paragraphs from an inspiring reading to get you pumped up.
Whatever it is, find your thing and use it wisely.

So these are the simple productivity habits that work best for me in terms of writing.
What are yours? What time do you spend writing daily? Do you want to write more?

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 24

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

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When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

Here are the exact steps I took to become a location independent freelance writer: