Use These 4 Tips to Stop Writing the Hard Way and Write Smarter Instead
Cindy Cyr here, discussing how to start living the writer’s life faster and easier.
Yesterday, you discovered that a crucial step to success is building your writing muscles by coming up with new ideas and writing about them daily.
Once you’re writing and submitting your ideas to your peer review group daily, you’ll find the prospect of meeting deadlines for clients much more doable and will move closer to making your dream of becoming a highly compensated writer a reality.
How else do you get to the desired destination faster?
One of the big life lessons I often talk to my two sons about is working smarter, not harder.
Let me give you an example …
My youngest son, Dalton, plays guitar. When he started, learning how to play complete songs helped him improve at a good clip.
But, once he had been playing awhile, he had to play for hours to show improvement.
What he found is that by focusing on his technique (playing scales and practicing soloing instead of learning full-length songs), he was able to make greater progress faster.
Same goes for writing.
You can improve your skills faster if you focus in on specific skills and exercises.
Focusing on specifics is just one way to work smarter. Another way is to fully utilize the resources available to you.
I found as a member of Circle of Success, it took me far less time to grasp a concept from the live lessons I received than doing them on my own. Plus, submitting my writing for feedback from the instructor and my peer review group propelled me forward at such a great speed, I was able to quit my 9-to-5 job within five months.
Here are four more ways to work smarter, not harder:
Apply your past success formulas to your present obstacles. Examine an obstacle that stopped you from succeeding in something you tried in the past. Then apply those lessons and strategies to your writing business.
For example, perhaps you failed to lose weight going it alone, but were later successful when you had a workout buddy to hold you accountable. You may be more successful achieving your writing goals by having a writing buddy (someone who reads your copy and offers suggestions – and vice versa). This is also someone you can share your writing goals with, and talk about what you’re doing each week to achieve them.
- Plan your time. To make real progress, plan every minute of your time, especially if it’s limited. Know exactly what you’re going to do before you start and how long you’ll work on each item. For instance, read for 30 minutes, write for 30 minutes, and follow up with prospects for 15 minutes.
- Do the most important things first. It’s easy to get so caught up in small tasks that, before you know it, your day has disappeared. Do the things which take the most mental energy or that will have the biggest impact on your business first thing in the day, when you have clear mental focus. Leave the less important things for later in the day. For example, write your headline and lead and create proposals for potential clients when you’re fresh … and leave clearing out your email for later in the day.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel. Use templates and expert advice. People before you have tested these formulas. Use them and you’ll be writing successful pieces much faster.
You might not be able to work any harder than you already are, but you can work smarter. And, when you work smarter, you’ll find you’re not only more productive, but you’re more effective, too.
What has helped you work smarter to reach your writing goals? Share them in the comments here.
Tomorrow I’ll reveal one step I took while pursuing the writer’s life that gave me a HUGE return. Not only will this help improve your income, it will make it simpler to attract clients while reducing the amount of work you do.