Gayla McCord at Mom Gadget and Char Polanosky at Essential Keystrokes have invited me to contribute to “The Ultimate Guide to Productivity – What’s Your Secret?”, initiated by Ben at the Instigator Blog. I notice when reading other entries, the importance of focus is a recurring theme.
I agree, but focus aside, for me productivity is also about motivation and strategies. For a writer, productivity is definitely not just about writing. You need to have the rest of the life jigsaw in place too for the writing to be able to happen.
Productivity Tip – Motivation
My major motivation comes from a passion for the project or topic. My motivation may come from an interest in the topic or project, enjoying working with a colleague or client, deadlines, being paid, a feeling of accomplishment, building relationships and trust, not wanting to let someone down, or just wanting to get the job finished.
My productivity tools are very basic and unglamorous – a month at a glance fridge calendar with spaces large enough to write in (big picture family stuff), a diary (day to day work commitments) and unlimited access broadband. As an Australian based writer, I also rely heavily on my free online personal world clock. Here’s how and why I use it. You can set one up yourself for free.
Writing Productivity When You’re Not Writing
Strangely enough, on those occasions when I have the luxury of time, sometimes I get the most writing done when I’m not writing. When I mull something over for a few days, by the time I come to write it, I have pretty much thought it through and am ready to roll. I consider this productive as I can think when I am shopping, in the car, or out walking. As my antennae as an Idea Catcher are always finely tuned, being out and about is also a productive time for gleaning ideas.