12 Simple Productivity Habits That Help Me Write a Lot Daily 51

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?

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

how regular life looks like and why it won't make you happy

Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.