Do you want to become a better writer? Are you lacking motivation, or feeling overwhelmed with choices? One of the best ways to get started writing is to focus on creating good habits. Here are 5 habits to help you become a better writer.
1. Set a Good Sleep Schedule
By setting a specific time to go to bed at night, and wake up in the morning, you are sure to feel refreshed and ready to start your day. Having a clear head will help you stay focused on your writing tasks for the day.
If you don’t like going to bed early, because that is when you do your best work, don’t. Stay up late while you are inspired, however, make sure to get an adequate amount of sleep by sleeping later the next morning. The key is to be consistent. If you want to stay up till 2am every night, make sure you are getting a full 6-8 hours of sleep. Don’t change your sleeping times from day to day. Keep it 2am to 9am everyday if you work best at night.
2. Eat Healthy
Having good eating habits will also help keep your energy up during the day. It will help you stay awake and have a clear head. Choose fruits for healthy energy and stay away from sweets and processed foods that are sure to slow you down.
Take the time every day, or every other day, to exercise. Go for a swim, run, walk, or bike ride. Get out in the fresh air to help clear your head and get focused. Exercising in the morning can help boost your energy for the day. It can also help you clear your mind and open it up to new ideas. You may even get some of your best ideas while out on your morning jog.
4. Set a Daily schedule
Plan out your day in a planner or online calendar. Set specific times for items or tasks that you want to work on that day. This will help make sure you don’t get lost on the internet while you are doing research for your writing. You can even set a timer to help you keep track of the time and to know when to move on to the next task.
5. Turn off Outside Distractions
When you are ready to sit down to start writing make sure to turn off the TV, radio, and your cell phone notifications. You can look at your notifications after you are done with your writing task, and get back to any important phone calls and e-mails then. Try not to open up any e-mails while you are working that are not directly related to what you are working on. It can take an average of 20 minutes to get back on task once you are distracted. That is for each distraction. They sure can add up fast. Think about all that time you are wasting every time you get distracted. So turn off the notifications and check your messages later.