A simple, free and effective online timer: start using it today
Here’s a simple truth: if you don’t write it, you can’t sell it.
Every writer has challenges with productivity. Days and weeks can go by, during which you’re very busy, but… you don’t accomplish anything which helps you to achieve your ultimate goals as a writer.
A timer won’t eliminate every hassle you have to write and make money, but it can be your most powerful writing tool.
Set a timer for everything
We all have limited time to write.
If you’re a part-time writer, you’re constantly tired. You find it hard to carve out writing time. It’s essential that you make the most of the time you have.
Oddly enough, when you become a full-time writer, it’s just as hard to find the time to write what’s most important to you. You work on client projects, and at the end of six months, you realize that while exchanging time for dollars puts food on the table, you might as well be working a job. You haven’t created any residual income streams.
A timer helps you to use your time in the best way possible.
Set a timer for everything: writing, research, email, Facebook and Twitter, phone calls…
Work on your most important task first
Do you have goals for your writing? If you don’t, set a goal NOW. (One goal is fine.)
Then, at the start of your writing time each day, work on that goal-related task first, before you do anything else.
Set a timer. I like to work in 25 minute blocks. I don’t use the Pomodoro Technique as such. (You may find it helpful.) 25 minutes is short enough to eliminate procrastination. You can chain the 25-minute sessions together in blocks of two or three if you need to.
Writing for the Web? Go Beyond the Words
The Web is changing fast. Are you changing with it?
Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…
Images, video and audio enhance content on the new Web. Do you know how to create them and use them to enhance your Web writing?
If you’re a newly minted Web writer, start by becoming a master at creating Web articles.
Then get experience as an audio-visual writer, and you’ll be streets ahead of other writers – you’ll out-pace the competition, and you can charge more.
Ready to master the new Web, and become a master content creator?
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