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4 Writing Exercises That Help Keep My Sanity

Ditch the screen

Instead, use a pen and paper. Writing on paper re-wires the brain to be more attentive to your writing. There are also fewer distractions.

Pen and paper are also more convenient to carry around with you.

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Ditch the screen

Instead, use a pen and paper. Writing on paper re-wires the brain to be more attentive to your writing. There are also fewer distractions.

Pen and paper are also more convenient to carry around with you.

Forgotten works-in-progress

Re-engaging with old, abandoned work sometimes reignites creativity. Whether you are inspired to do a fresh draft of the story or using elements from it, old stories help bring new life into your work.

Go for a walk

It is rather common to sit and stare at a blank screen for a bit before the writing flows.

Use the lull by doing something active to simplify your focus. A calm walk can help you gather your thoughts and build momentum to start writing.

Call a buddy

In the beginning, your ideas can be scattered in your head.

Call a buddy to talk about your ideas. It will help your thoughts to become more organized.

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Expose It to Different People

Feedback is very important. Having someone read over your writing can highlight issues like typos or grammatical issues,  and help you to clean up your work.

Experiment with New Formats

New formats are exciting and scary, and definitely worth doing if you want to stretch your writing muscle.

Try new kinds of content (articles, opinions, announcements, etc.) and play with different formats, to see what works best (images usually make a post more interesting, regardless of format).

Change Your Workflow

Try different methods, environments, and schedules in your quest for a workflow that suits you.

Experimenting is really helpful in determining what works and what doesn't.

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Create a To-Do List
  • Sync your to-do list with your mobile phone.
  • Write down the three most important tasks.
  • Keep to an easy and workable task list.
  • Do one thing at a time.

Simplify

Organizing unnecessary items is wasting energy. 

  • Have less stuff.
  • Eliminate outdated articles to read “someday." 
  • Find an appropriate place for everything and make sure it is easily accessible. 
  • Choose one tool and stick with it.
  • Pack tools immediately after use.
Embrace Change

It eliminates methods and ideas that no longer work and promotes the more important things. 

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What Time Management Is

Time is our precious resource. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.

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Eat That Frog!

Your “frog” is your most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

If you have two important tasks, start your day with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Focus on completing it before you go to the next one.

Failure to execute

We tend to confuse activity with accomplishment: we attend endless meetings and make plans, but at the end of the day, no one does the job and gets the results required.

“Failure to execute” is among the biggest problems in organizations today.

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