If you’re like me, there are days when you’re staring down the quota of articles you set for yourself and you just don’t think you can get through it.
Or I start to research a particular keyword, and before you know it I’m 20 pages deep at Amazon with a lovely new book or DVD on my wish list!
It can be hard to stay focused and on course, but like most people, I respond well to rewards.
After much experimentation, I’ve found that if I take time to play a game after each article, I am able to stay focused and not get overwhelmed by the keyword list in front of me.
My phone has a fun word game on it called “Shake and Spell”. (If you’ve played Boggle before, you know exactly how this game works.) You can set the time limit on it to three minutes (the max, but hey, why not go all out? After all, it’s my reward!) I finish an article, then treat myself to a game. Just one mind you! Because it’s a word game I feel like I haven’t gone too far off course, and I am constantly thinking of new words when I am playing, which helps me to write when my break is over.
I find this article writing tip has helped to keep me from following “bright shiny objects” that crop up in the course of researching an article. I know that if I can just stay the course, I can relax for a few minutes.
Because it’s the same game every time for me, my mind is trained to ‘relax and catch its breath’ for a short time, and then it knows that we have to get right back to work as soon as the game is done.
Other tricks help me to start an article, or to find a unique angle, but this one in particular just helps me to stay the course and get through the list I have set for the day. If you’re like me, crossing off a goal on your to-do list gives you immense satisfaction, and it helps you to feel optimistic about your odds for success.
Do you have an article writing tip that helps you get through your list for the day? I’d love to hear about them!