To be a productive writer you must be clear on what to do and why, and how to do whatever you do as efficiently as possible.
But another key component of being productive is deciding what NOT to do.
What do I mean? High productivity requires that you get your highest priority tasks done quickly and well. A key component here is time. If you free up more time, you’ll produce more, be it in writing or in other areas of your life.
3 Major Time Wasters
Too many people waste their evenings and weekends watching vapid shows on television. The average American adult watches about 5 hours of TV per day. Granted, there are some very entertaining and educational programs on television, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch any. But be conscious of what you are watching and why, and be sure it gives you a positive benefit. Such benefits could include learning about something that interests you, laughing, or just letting your mind take a rest from the mental activities of your day.
Consider limiting your TV time to a set amount. Personally, I have access to only the basic network television channels. I do have a subscription to Netflix and I spend 3 to 4 hours per week watching carefully selected movies, documentaries, and comedy shows.
Here are the 4 main ways you can waste time on the Internet:
1. Random surfing. Whenever you are on the Internet, be clear exactly what you are doing and how it will benefit you. Extraneous stuff just sucks your life away.
2. Social networking. These sites help you connect with friends and family, and perhaps they can help your career. Budget your time carefully, though. Set specific time periods for dealing with it.
3. Constantly checking e-mail. Only check e-mail 2 or 3 times a day, when it is best for you. Turn off all e-mail notification options so that you don’t get distracted.
4. Computer games. Whether you play directly on your hard drive or whether you play online, you can kill many, many hours gaming, and drain your energy in the process.
Avoid the useless lip flapping about what others are doing in their lives, whether it’s celebrities, family members, or the neighbors.
1. What are the top 2 things you can either eliminate or do less of, and be better for it?
2. Look at all the various activities you do. If you had to live your life over again, which of these activities would you not do? What changes will you make regarding these activities?
Share your answers in the comments!