12 Simple Productivity Habits That Help Me Write a Lot Daily

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 This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income