Whether you are writing a journal article or turning your dissertation into a book you need to start writing it. There are lots of things that can distract you from writing. However, if you set a realistic writing goal, the unexpected things that come up during the day will not derail you.
Studies show that those who write every day are more productive than those who go for weeks without writing. Writing every day even makes you more productive than those who go for months without writing and then set aside one or two months to focus on writing. You might think it will be hard to write every day. But with a little planning you can do it.
Follow the steps below to set a realistic daily writing goal:
1) Define Whether You Are A Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Or Late Night Person
Ideally you should plan your time to write around the time of day when you are most productive. If you are a morning person, get up a half hour earlier and devote the extra time to writing. I am a morning person so I write every morning.
2) Have A Set Amount Of Time Devoted To Writing Every Day
Set aside as little as 15 minutes a day. Whatever amount of time you can make a daily commitment to writing is fine as long as you stick to it. Ten minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, two hours, etc. Whatever works for you.
3) Put Your Writing Schedule On Your Calendar
With a calendar you can see your other work and family obligations. Writing will become a part of your daily routine. By putting your writing schedule on your calendar you are telling yourself that your writing project is important.
Taking the time each day to write is your responsibility. There will be no one standing over you to make it happen. Having a realistic writing goal is the first step to completing your writing project.
Write every day and before you know it you will have completed your article or your book.
When you finish one project take a week or two off. Then begin another journal article or book. Writing every day will make writing a natural part of your academic life. And your articles and books will flow smoothly from one to another. Your colleagues will wonder where you find the time to do everything. You will know that it is through planning that you accomplish your writing goals.