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Six Tips for Being a Productive Writer

As someone that struggles with Adult ADHD (if you do too, check out my book on ADHD on  Amazon for tips on what helps me) this is a subject that I am always interested in, and looking for additional tips, because as a freelancers, it is all about balancing home and work responsibilities. 

Increasing your productivity is all about working smarter. Undoubtedly, if you are intending to increase your client portfolio and expand your business you will also have to work harder, but knowing your strengths and learning how to use them to best serve your business will increase your productivity and workflow. Consider how hard it would be to run a business without clearly knowing your client’s needs or who your customer is and trying blindly to meet their expectations. Being more productive is a result of working better for the clients you already have, ensuring quality of service and then expanding your business further.

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Your Business Plan should clearly set out how you intend to meet your annual goals, how you intend to work as best you can towards your client’s needs, and achieve all your own goals you set yourself along the way. Increasing your productivity is about being aware of what it is that makes your business tick, not just adding more clients to your books. It will be no help without an effective plan in place to manage them.

Consider the following tips for increasing your productivity as a copywriter:

  • Write for clients whose business aims are similar to yours. Being able to speak their language will focus the work you do for them.  Not only will working for a client whose ideals you share be a breeze, but you will likely gain further business from them in the future. Understanding your client is the most vital aspect of being a productive copywriter. Writing seamless promotional material for them will be so much more effective if you have taken the time to understand your client’s business.

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Positive Attitude and Recovery

This post was inspired by a few different people and situations, and though it is off topic for this blog, I think it is an important discussion to have. Having just celebrated my 50th birthday with several other lifelong friends, you begin to question how much time you have left and what you can do to make the most of it. Last year, a friend of ours had a heart attack–and has recovered beautifully because she had such a positive attitude about the whole thing–in fact telling the rest of us what to watch for (tightening in the chin was her first indication) and how to get help if you are alone (one simple thing you can do to save yourself is to cough repeatedly and hard, it can help get your heart pumping again.) That is a picture of her at the bottom of this post. She’s gonna kill me when she sees this— but she is doing great!

Sen. Omer Rains

I also just finished reading a book by former California Senator Omer Rains about his personal journey recovering from a stroke and brain aneurysm– his “never give up” attitude pushed him to walk again when doctors told him it wasn’t possible. Senator Rains went on to full recovery and today helps with humanitarian efforts around the world.

Recovery from serious illness, like heart disease, stroke, and even cancer happens every day. Of course, we know that just as many people succumb to these illnesses as well, and just the mention of them in reference to someone we love is enough to literally scare us silly. How is it that some people bounce back from potentially life-altering or life-ending illnesses while others do not? Lots of scientific evidence and numerous case studies tell us that attitude can be one of the major deciding factors.

A stroke or heart attack, or a diagnosis of cancer, is devastating on many levels. Most people immediately begin thinking of their mortality, their life, and what lies ahead for them and their loved ones. Some people may doubt how much attitude can help in recovering from a serious illness, but most will agree that major improvements are made by focusing on the positive throughout treatment and recovery.

Anecdotal evidence abounds all around us. Many people know someone who was told they would never walk again; sometimes that person recovers to not only walk, but run marathons as well. There are documented cases where doctors felt the prognosis for a cancer patient was so weak they gave them just months to live, yet ten years later, they are alive and thriving.

Patients who join support groups live twice as long on average as those who do not. Coming to terms with the wide range of emotions involved in a serious illness, patients can learn to use whatever remaining time they have left to really live. For some, this means a purpose-driven life, for others spending every waking moment with those they love, and still others develop deepened spiritual ties.

These tips can help keep you active and your attitude positive, no matter what life throws at you:

  • Always stay active and engaged with the world and loved ones.
  • Spend time with true friends and love ones— those who love unconditionally, listen when you need them to, do not judge, and do not give you unwanted advice.
  • Slow things down—use some of your time to reflect on your life, relax and become at peace with your lot in life, and recuperate by working hard at it during the day and sleeping well at night.
  • Ask for the help you need—think about what you need, and what can help you get better, and ask friends and family for those things. Most people will be thrilled to help with your recovery.
  • Cope with it—if yoga or swimming helped you deal with stress previously, it probably will be a blessing to you now. Modify your activities as needed—perhaps you will not be able to swim as long as in the past, or you may have to start over with your yoga poses. That is okay; what is important is that they help you to remain physically and emotionally fit throughout your recovery.
  • Get some support—as mentioned earlier, support groups can be a lifeline for those recovering from a serious illness. It is comforting to speak with others facing similar challenges, while you help one another deal with these challenges. Most hospitals or your doctor’s office can guide you to a support group that will help you. Likewise, personal counseling can benefit both you and your family as you work through the stages of recovery.
    • Be prepared for the worst, but expect the best. This means to get your affairs in order, so that stress will be off your mind totally. Make plans for income for your family, final expenses and plans. Just get them out of the way and forget about them.

By focusing on what you can do, and not dwelling on those things that you cannot, you choose to live in this moment, and make the best of every single minute you have left. This is the right attitude when faced with a debilitating or life-altering illness.

 

All of what I have just discussed is a big part of Senator Rains’ book, and it is a good read for anyone struggling to recover from a serious illness, and those of us who are healthy, but still realize that we could be in this position one day as well. Read more about Senator Rains and his book, Back to the Summit. You will be glad you did.

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