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25 Tips for Saving Time and Getting More Done: The Writer's Edition


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Here are 25 ways that anyone, but especially writers, can save time and get more done.

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25 Tips for Saving Time and Getting More Done: The Writer's Edition

  1. 1. 25 Tips for Saving Time & Getting More Done. John D. Barry The Writer’s Edition
  2. 2. An hour spent planning can save you four hours of work. #1
  3. 3. Outlines will change your life. They give you clear direction. #2
  4. 4. Make notes to come back to things later. Have a simple system for doing so. I use yellow highlighting in Word and ALL CAPS. #3
  5. 5. Write your first draft like you don’t care what anyone else thinks. Get it on paper and revise later. #4
  6. 6. Keep an envelope or notebook for random notes for later, as ideas come to you during the day. #5
  7. 7. Prioritize the work you have ahead of you, and decide what you’re going to do when. #6
  8. 8. Set a schedule for yourself and commit to it like your life depends on it. Literally, put it on a calendar. #7
  9. 9. Find ways to hit reset, so you can be more productive while you’re working. #8
  10. 10. Don’t let the white blank page win. Just start writing. If you delete it later, that’s okay. It’s better than nothing. #9
  11. 11. Just buy your own copy so you can do so. #10 Write in books.
  12. 12. Keep a physical notebook in addition to digital notes, so that you can scribble fast and resist writing too much. #11
  13. 13. Don’t do all the research first. You will kill original thoughts in the process. Write now, and research later. Meaning: Only work with primary texts in the beginning— secondary literature later. #12
  14. 14. Have a place for everything on your desk, so your visual space is clear. #13
  15. 15. Try a rhythm like outlining in the morning and writing in the evenings. Make your project part of your life cycle. #14
  16. 16. Set a word count and scope goal for each day you write, and then get to work to hit it. #15
  17. 17. Don’t hold out for the epiphany. Just keep going and it will come. #16
  18. 18. If there is a “quote” that motivates you, or stimulates your thoughts regularly, put it on your wall, above where you write. Ditto for art. #17
  19. 19. Don’t allow for yourself to just take a break. Instead, set a time for when you will do so. #18
  20. 20. Take a vacation day every once in a while to just get things done. #19
  21. 21. Don’t react to what you think people will say; write first and see how they respond before adjusting. #20
  22. 22. Read your work aloud to someone else regularly. It will help you see the gaps. #21
  23. 23. Speak aloud while you write. It often helps. Try standing sometimes too. #22
  24. 24. Always edit your work on paper, not on screen. This forces you to think differently. And proofread later. #23
  25. 25. Save a back- up, please—this is just practical. #24
  26. 26. Make sure you’re in it for the right reasons or you will never finish. #25
  27. 27. Go get more done. Do something incredible. These 25 tips were written by John D. Barry