Five Posts to Help Writers with Productivity

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Writers are full of ideas, dreams, projects and deadlines. But sometimes, trying to juggle creativity along with all the other responsibilities in our lives can be overwhelming. I decided to dig back through my WOW! blog post archives and find some helpful reminders on how we can continue to be productive while still giving ourselves grace. I hope you find these helpful.

Have you ever heard the expression, “Work Smarter, Not Harder?” The longer I work as a freelance writer and editor, the more I’m learning about ways to create passive income. Do you have products you’ve created, like online digital courses or ebooks that other people would buy? Have a robust e-mail list that you could sell affiliate products through? I break down different ways to create passive income in the post Get Savvy and Make Money While You Sleep.

As someone who works from home and has teenagers in the house who can shovel potato chips in by the handful and never gain a pound, I’ve had to get creative with meal planning. When I’m on a deadline and spending too much time at my desk, I'm tempted to grab unhealthy choices for snacks and meals. In this post I share some of my strategies for meal prep and meal planning so I can spend more time writing and less time thinking about my next meal.

What I’ve learned during the COVID-19 quarantine is that there’s always time to learn something new. In the past I may have told myself it would be better to spend my time brainstorming new article ideas and ways to make money, I now have a different opinion. Taking webinars and classes are a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and get your creative juices flowing. In this post I share how I stretched myself by taking a creative nonfiction class, thus producing more material than I would have imagined.

I’ve journaled before but never stuck with it. But last summer I started a new journaling practice that is a little different, and it has helped me focus in on my goals and dreams and even check the first dream off my list! Learn more about the practice here.

Even in the midst of being productive, it’s also important to take time to pause and give yourself the breaks you deserve. This post shares the story of how a simple act of kindness helped me to understand that every creative person needs time to recharge now and then.

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and editor and creator of the podcast, Missing in the Carolinas. 


Sioux Roslawski said...

Renee--In this post, you did not give me what I needed. What did I need? A food/exercise plan that would instantly (and without any effort on my part ;) transform me into a slim, trim and active person.

Oh well.

Whatever you do--which is a lot--it works for you because you're a prolific writer, and you've taken on new projects like your podcast. And you have kids. AND (worst of all, in my opinion ;) you are getting younger and younger looking by the month.

I'm enjoying your podcast. Now, can you share your anti-aging program with the rest of us?

Cathy C. Hall said...

Some people, like you, Renee, are Productive Pandemic folks. While others, like me, are taking a Pandemic Pass...

To each his own, right? :-)

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

Esp. when it comes to meal planning and prep, I share the love. Fortunately, my husband and son both cook. Although that Slavian fruit compote? Not a favorite of anyone in the family.

Angela Mackintosh said...

Great round-up, Renee! I love your podcast--it's incredible, and I know it's a lot of work. You are doing a great job, and we're proud of you! Just wanted you to know that. :)

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