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 minimal interference.
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 resources.
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