6. Keep your day planner or notebook within reach all
the times. Record any promising ideas, thoughts, concepts and
any other important information that randomly pops into your
mind. You subconscious mind usually reveals its gems while
you’re busy doing other things. It’s best to capture them in your
planner and not on scraps of paper. This way you’ll have
recorded your best ideas and can get back to your writing with
7. Learn speed-reading. Reading and writing go hand in
hand. There are many resources available to help you become a
faster reader. It’s surprisingly easy for average readers to at
least double their typical reading speed with the help of a few
simple ideas and techniques. Most courses are designed to go
way beyond doubling your reading speed – but they do require
continuous practice. Doubling your speed will cut reading time in
half, making research less time-consuming and freeing up hours
for other important tasks.
8. Create a “tickler” system to remind you in advance of
upcoming assignments, special dates and deadlines. Post-
It Notes in your day planner work great as eye-catching
reminders. Stay on top of your schedule by referring to your
planner every day. It’s a great reference where you can see at a
glance any important dates or occasions that are coming up, so
you’ll be adequately prepared.
9. Shoot for small incremental improvements in your
daily productivity. Concentrate on delivering a consistent effort
and write something every day. Stretch yourself by striving to
raise your personal output every day by just a little bit. Small
improvements over time make a significant contribution.
Exponential growth in writing productivity occurs when you
consistently find new ways to become more efficient at the
various processes involved.
10. Use your strengths. Spend most of your time on that to
which you bring unique value. Delegate or farm out any tasks
that don’t require your hands-on attention. Leverage yourself.
Complete the key tasks that are best handled by you. This way,
whatever skill, experience and expertise you bring to the table
will be used most effectively as time permits. Learn to assess
each task and determine the most effective way to use available
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