Productivity is something you are probably starting to realise is very important when it comes to blogging – which is why not being productive is such a problem, and the reason that posts detailing how to be productive are always popular.
There are so many tips and tricks you can try to get productive and get down to writing, some work better than others and some just aren’t suited to you as an individual.
Productivity’s main foes are procrastination and distraction, which is why you need to do everything you can to eliminate them if you want to stay productive! Do you know one place that is filled with distractions and potential procrastination? Your own home.
Why Getting Out of the House Works
Think about it, if you’re at home now, take a look around you. What do you see? A phone? Laptop? TV? Gaming Console? All want your attention and unfortunately, they can all be a lot more fun than blogging. After all, you don’t have to use your brain to shoot out some brains on Call of Duty.
Now if you’re lucky enough to have an office, that’s great, as you can remove all distractions and simply have only the tools you need to get writing in front of you. However, the kitchen is still next door. So is the TV.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure many of you can go an hour or two without feeling the need to head in to the lounge to watch some TV, but why not remove the temptation altogether?
Head out of the house and go somewhere where you can be production. All you need is your laptop and your brain.
Choosing a Good Location
So where is the best place to go when you’re looking to be productive? Somewhere with Wi-Fi is probably going to be a good bet if you need to research your writing. Other than that, the only thing you’ll need to look out for is somewhere that will have you for an hour or two!
Your best bet is going to be the library – it’s essentially what they were built for after all. Quiet surroundings, internet access, desks, chairs – the lot! Why not check out where your nearest library is using Google Maps. There are so few distractions, you’ll have nothing else to do other than write!
Of course, not everyone can access a library and not all libraries are a suitable place to get some writing done, so you may have to look for alternatives. Fortunately, there are quite a few.
Don’t underestimate your local coffee shop. In fact I’m sat in a Caffe Nero right now typing out the first draft of this article. Yes there may be other people chatting, background music playing and tempting smells wafting through the venue – but ultimately it is a distraction free environment, with desks, chairs and free internet access courtesy of ‘The Cloud‘.
Don’t hesitate to get creative, you might find that you’re just as productive in a park (although you may end up sat on the grass without internet) as you are in a pub! Just remember that heading to a friend’s house doesn’t count as getting out of the house to get productive!
Maximising Your Productivity When Out and About
When you’ve settled on a venue, be sure to tackle the big tasks you’ve been putting off at home. Get these out of the way and then you are free to tackle those menial tasks from the comfort of your own sofa whilst watching TV.
You should only really concentrate on writing when you’re out and about, as this is typically the task that requires the most concentration and the least distractions. Getting in to a good flow will help you to write in an ‘unbroken’ manner and have your new post ready for editing by the time you get home!
Knowing When to go Home
Try and stay until you’ve completed everything you set out to complete. Be it your latest draft or a complete recoding of your blog’s template. If you can stay longer, great! Spending as much time as possible in a productivity place isn’t a bad thing.
Of course, if you’re like me and sat in your local coffee shop, be sure you don’t overstay your welcome. Buying a coffee and perhaps a muffin will ensure you don’t look like too much of a freeloader! Remember, that if the place starts to get busy, the place is filled with paying customers who would probably like your seat.
Why not try heading out of the house tomorrow. See how much you can write, and if it turns out you’re more productive – that’s great news! If not, perhaps you’re being distracted too easily by the hustle and bustle of a busy shop, did you try the library?
If it’s still not working then you always have your office, just make sure you remove as many distractions as you can and try not to wander in to the kitchen too often for a cup of tea!
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