Many writers struggle with productivity. No wonder. Distractions come at us from every angle, every hour of the day.
If you work from home, the children vie for your attention. If you work online, Facebook disguises itself as a chocolate bar–tempting, tempting, tempting. Business coaches have seemingly bred like rabbits, all eager to tell us how to spend our time. Yet the activities they promise will “move our business forward” don’t actually get our work done.
Writers need to write. Putting pen to paper, so to speak, is what generates income. Posting to social media channels, writing our own blog posts, live streaming on Periscope, creating fremiums to build our email list, researching markets, while all worthwhile activities, do not pay the bills.
Secrets to a Productive Day
So what is the secret to a productive day? For me, it includes three things:
- A Morning Quiet Time–I use the quiet hours of the morning, before my family is out of bed, to spend time in Bible reading and prayer, and planning my day. Even a person without any particular spiritual belief benefits from a time of meditation first thing in the morning.
- Exercise–Writing is a sedentary life. Moving our bodies keeps the blood flowing, the mind clear, and the pounds off. Before beginning my work each day I take a long walk. I take another shorter walk mid-day just to clear my thinking.
- Income Generating Activity–At a minimum, I do at least one income generating activity (IGA) every day. That means, I’m working on an assignment that pays.
If I do these three things, and my day gets high-jacked somehow, I know I at least earned my living. If my day doesn’t get high-jacked, I work on more than one IGA. If I’m able to work on more than one IGA, and I still have time left in my day, I go to one of those other activities to move my business forward, like writing this blog post or posting on Facebook.
What are your secrets to a productive day? I’d love to hear them. Feel free to share in the comments.