4 ways to be more productive

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We only have 24 hours in a day, and sometimes even that doesn't seem long enough to fit all our to-do's in! It can be disheartening, and you end up running round in circles. You're not sure how to prioritise and by the end of the day you're worn down and worn out. 

I have 4 easy ways that will get you the most out of your day and more productive in your writing!

1) Goals
What do you want and how are you going to get it?

I usually find  time the night before to write a list of goals I want to achieve the following day. It should be a calm and slow process, where you really have time to think about what needs to be prioritised and what will benefit your writing the most. 

Start with something small so once it's ticked off your list you'll feel more inclined to tackle the bigger challenges of the day! If you don't finish all the goals in their assigned slot, then it should be added to the following day's list.  

2) Rewards
We all need a little bit of motivation to help us get to the finish line!

It's up to you how often you reward yourself - daily/weekly/monthly, personally I find monthly works best for me. 

These rewards don't need to be huge or expensive, for example - You set yourself a task of 500 words in the morning, your reward could be something like meeting a friend for lunch afterwards, going to the gym or relaxing watching your favourite tv show for an hour. Tell yourself that once the reward is done, it's back to work! 

Whatever it is, however big or small - the reward needs to be something to work towards to. And rewards are always so much better when you know you truly deserve it! 

3) Schedule
Everybody has busy lives and other responsibilities and it's so easy for you to put off till tomorrow...but tomorrow usually ends up becoming the next day and so on!

Find somewhere quiet to write in your diary/planner/filofax to organise your writing time. Even if it's squeezing in 15 minutes in the morning before the kids wake up, or 10 minutes on a lunch break - that writing time adds up to quite a bit per week!

Be creative, if you have the time and luxury to spend a few hours here and there or dedicate a day or two then brilliant, make the most of it and stick to it. 

4) Deadlines
Every writer has deadlines.

It doesn't matter if you're not hired by a company or writing for a publication. You still need to be held accountable and set yourself a time limit. If you want to be a published author or write scripts then you will most likely be given a time frame in which to do so. 

Get yourself practised now and take it seriously. Do not cave in on your scheduled 'writing time' - if you want this badly enough you'll have to make some sacrifices along the way. 

Good luck and remember, in the long run these changes will be worth it.

Do you know of anymore tips that could help? Let me know in the comments below! 

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