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Five Easy, Pain-free Ways To Boost Your
Productivity FAST (and make more money)
Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth
Commit to following these five strategies for a month, and you'll be more
productive --- that's a promise.
Note: although my strategies are geared to writers, they will work for you no
matter what your work happens to be.
=> One: Think --- "Do It Now!" and write one sentence
This means, that as soon as you turn your computer on, you write one sentence
on your current project.
After you've written one sentence, you can read your email, play Minesweeper,
have a cup of coffee, or do whatever you like.
Writing one sentence first has an amazing effect. It alerts your mind to what
you want it to do. You've broken through the initial inertia. You may not get
back to work immediately, but you will get back to work, and you'll do it with
As you're reading your email, you'll think of another sentence, and another
one, and before you know it you'll be working happily on your project.
If you're not a writer, then adapt "Do It Now" to your own circumstances. You
might call one client, or write a line in your next report, or find a graphic
for your new presentation.
=> Two: Never Assume: create a strategy and
Never assume. Always get evidence. Evidence takes time and action to acquire.
We all make assumptions. If a strategy doesn't seem to be working, it's easy
to think that it will never work.
In my eight week copywriting course, which helps students to start their own
copywriting services business, it's hard to convince students to market their
new businesses consistently. Students get the "yes, buts". As in: "Yes, but I
don't have any experience…"
If you're assuming, use "commit to 30 days".
=> Three: Commit To 30 Days: form new habits
Follow your strategy for one month. Don't think, just do it. For example, if
you're marketing your business, work your plan for at least a month, before
you change the plan.
If you're a writer, and are sending out article proposals, send out at least
five proposals a week (more is better) for a month *before* you assume it's
not working and stop doing it.
It takes 21 days to change a habit. In 30 days, you've got time to develop a
whole new habit. Therefore, when you've created a plan, stick to it for 30
days. After 30 days, your new productivity will be a habit. And you will have
results and feedback, which will help you to get over your assumptions.
You will be challenged. If you commit to contacting ten companies a day to
offer your copywriting services, I guarantee you that you'll get a cold, your
computer will die, or something else will happen to interrupt the course that
you've set for yourself.
Deal with the interruption, and then start your 30 days again, from the
beginning. Remember, don't assume, just commit to the plan, and keep going.
=> Four: Make It Fun
Are you passionate about what you do? Focus on the fun aspects of what you're
doing. If you're doing something which has no fun in it at all, like sending
out invoices or writing direct mail letters, then give yourself a treat when
you complete the chore.
=> Five: Schedule Time Off
When you're running your own home business, work will take over your life if
you let it. Keep regular office hours.
If you're moonlighting in your own business until you can go full-time, then
take the weekend off. If you work all the time, the quality of your output
will degrade sooner or later.
You must have downtime, so schedule it into your plan.
Start today, and try the above productivity strategies for a month. You WILL
become more productive.
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About the Author
Writer, author and journalist Angela Booth has been
writing successfully for print and online venues for 25 years. She also
writes for business. On her Web site
http://www.digital-e.biz/ she conducts workshops and courses for