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5 Ways to Increase Your Writing Productivity
Written by
Emma Sumner
September 2019
Written by
Emma Sumner
September 2019

Certainly, any job and profession in this world carries its own set of difficulties and numerous external factors can affect how well we perform them on a day-to-day basis. However, writing is one of the professions that have the potential to suffer the most due to external factors, such as our own well-being, the amount of stress we’re dealing with and even some minor hindrances, such as how much sleep we got or did we have enough to eat and drink.

That being said, it becomes quite obvious that this profession is not quite the best choice for the people who don’t know how to put their problems aside when working and not allow them to affect their productivity. On the other hand, even those who do can find themselves struggling with finding the right motivation to get to work and be as productive as possible. So, with that in mind, here are 5 easy ways you can increase your productivity when writing, ensuring the best results and maximum efficiency.

Get in the right mindset

Before you sit down to write, make sure you’re in the right mindset to do so. If you don’t quite feel like writing or you find yourself thinking about everything and anything rather than the task at hand, it might be wise to step aside, recuperate and try again.

Also, try to get yourself in the right mood to write. This is especially important to master if you have a strict schedule or if you’re expected to meet a certain word count in a preset time frame. However, even if you are not, learning how to prepare yourself mentally for the task at hand will only bring forth positive results.

Change your environment

Sometimes, the environment we’re working in can really hinder our motivation and productivity without us even realizing it. So, if you find it difficult to concentrate and put words on the paper – so to say – try changing the environment you’re working in.

If you are working in an office, again, this can be somewhat tricky, but even a simple change like getting a new plant for your work desk or listening to a different playlist can mean a lot. However, if you’re a freelance writer and you get to choose where you want to be working from, you can simply get up and change the location. Try out that new coffee place that just opened up, or hit the park if the day is particularly nice and sunny. Small changes of location can have a huge positive effect on both your motivation and productivity.


As you probably already know, stress is the number one killer of productivity. So, if you’re feeling particularly stressed about something, see to it that you find a way to deal with it properly, to enable yourself a peace of mind that will allow you to get back to your writing in no time.

For instance, if you’re stressing over your current financial situation, check out different online resources such as Ask Traders, where you can find various information on how to boost your personal finances. Alternatively, if you’re stressing over something that’s somewhat out of your control, take a five-minute break, go for a fast run or take a quick shower and try to explain yourself that by worrying, you’re actually not doing yourself a favor.

Set realistic goals

Furthermore, when you’re presented with a particularly large task, you might easily end up feeling overwhelmed which can kill your productivity in an instant. That’s why you should never allow yourself to get in the full panic mode because snapping out of it can be really difficult.

That’s why, if you have a lot to write and especially if you have a preset time frame in which you need to complete your work, it would be wise to divide the work and set some goals for yourself. If you manage to achieve your daily (hourly/monthly) goal and you still feel productive and motivated keep on going. The more work you manage to complete, the less you will have to do tomorrow.

Adopt a routine

Finally, while it may sound counter-productive, coming up with a writing routine will actually help you a lot in your business efforts. Here, you can include as many or as little factors as you want, but make sure they all contribute to boosting your productivity in the end.

For instance, start your workday with a cup of coffee (or tea) and while you’re sipping the first few sips, make sure you begin your writing. If, by the time you’re done with your cup, you haven’t moved past the headline, try listening to some music or doing anything else that will enable you to relax and get your creative juices flowing.


These five tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to motivating yourself and finding the right inspiration to sit down and write. However, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you should never panic or stress over the task at hand because that way, you will only reduce your chances for success and hinder your productivity in the long run.

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