Top 3 Strangest Ways to Increase a Writer’s Productivity

Although most people think that the hardest part of our job is the creativity, the formation of words, or maybe the grammar, I think that many writers know this to not be the case. Unfortunately for most, the hardest part of being a writer is simply being productive. Writers’ block is a real thing! It happens so easily and so frequently. You have moments where you get lost in your articles, but just about every other moment is spent looking around, biting your nails, writing a “to do” list, or checking Facebook.

Since this problem is so prominent for the majorit*y of writers, tons of writers as well as others who have learned how to start a business have offered up advice. I have heard the typical “pretend you’re in an office and no one can bother you” and “create an outline first and do your research separately,” but this doesn’t work for everyone. I decided to research some of the most out-of-the-box ways that writers help increase their productivity. For many these will sound crazy at first, but they work for some!

Improving Your Productivity the Unconventional Way

1. Standing Desk – Some writers find that a standing desk works best for them. At first it might sound a little bit, well, terrible, but some find that this is a better alternative that sitting down all day. You are less relaxed when you are standing, so sometimes the mind actually works better. There are tons of studies that prove that businesses who ask employees to sit down all day is not healthy, so many writers opt for a standing desk.

2. Typing Tests – Most writers would never consider going out of their way to learn to type because they consider themselves great type-ers. However, some writers have found that once they improved their typing skills, their productivity improved. There were less mistakes, so there was less going back and fixing typos. Most writers recommend Typingtests.com to help you figure out your typing accuracy. The website will give you lessons to help improve your typing. You may be surprised how much your typing skills can improve!

3. Darkroom and Writeroom Software – External distractions such as phone systems ringing or the dog barking can be solved by creating a quiet workspace. However, some writers have a very difficult time eliminating internal distractions, or distractions that occur on the computer. These distractions would include checking your Facebook feed, Twitter pop-ups, etc. Writers often cannot go offline because they need to research, so installing Darkroom software for windows or Writeroom software for Macs allow these distractions to be eliminated. In a sense, it blocks out everything except what you are writing.

The most important thing to remember is that productivity is important. If you can remain productive while at work, you will have more time to do the things you really want to be doing—spending time with family and friends, traveling, relaxing, etc. In other words, it doesn’t matter what you have to do to get there. As crazy or as strange as it may seem, it’s all about what works.

About Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

8 thoughts on “Top 3 Strangest Ways to Increase a Writer’s Productivity

  1. [email protected] Money Blogging

    I agree that productivity is the hardest part of any writing project.

  2. Aris

    I remember seeing a viral picture on Facebook about writers. How they and other people view themselves and what is the reality. Sad fact is that the reality is depicted by showing the writer playing solitaire on his computer.

    Productivity is really a big issue among writers and this should be addressed logically and carefully.

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      Now that you bring it up–we are always shown playing solitaire. Unfortunately, in some cases I feel like this is true, and like you said, it is because of productivity. It can be tough for a writer to stay productive because they aren’t simply using information they already know and completing a problem; they are actually coming up with the information on their own (it’s so hard to be creative sometimes!). Thank you for bringing this up!

  3. Mitchell

    I just love the second tip. The faster you can type the more you can earn per hour when you consider you get paid by the word. You could also add about writing on the same topic for different projects. If you are writing short travel posts for one client and long travel articles for another one then you can figure out ways to make your research do more. Meaning you will have to invest less time in your research.

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      That is such good advice! I do that all the time. If you have a great topic, write about it a few times. There is always a ton to say about a good topic, so spread the word a few different times. Few people will read the article twice, and you’re right when you say it will cut down on your research time. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Catrien

    Great post! I’ve always thought being able to type 120+ wpm like I do has been a huge advantage to me throughout my writing career. It’s really worth taking a class or using an online program to pick up your typing speed. I don’t have a laptop right now, but sometimes I’ll sit on the deck if it’s sunny here in Seattle and organize notes, or take handwritten notes on a phone interview, just to change my location and my approach to what I’m doing. Really helps to get away from my desk sometimes.

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      It’s good to hear that fast typing really does make a difference. I imagine it’s hard for many writers to justify spending money on a typing class (I know I am hesitant), so it’s nice to know that it works! Thanks for reading!

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