Writing is a great way to organize your thoughts and relieve stress. Sometimes there is so much going on throughout the day that it seems like all of our thoughts get jumbled around, making it hard to focus. If writing on a daily or weekly basis isn’t already a part of your routine, consider starting now. There are many benefits that come along with writing and you’d be surprised at how taking a few minutes each day to jot down your thoughts will make a difference in the quality of your days. If you’re not sure where to start or feel that you don’t have time to write each day, read on for a few tips to help you master the art of writing.
Pencil writing into your schedule.
The easiest way to make something a priority is to pencil it into your schedule. So, pick a time each day to dedicate to writing and stick to it. To make it easier, pick the same time every day and start off small, maybe 10 or 15 minutes a day. You’re more likely to stick with it if it’s not a huge time-consuming commitment. They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit; stick with your writing schedule for 21 days and it will become a natural part of your day.
Set goals for your writing.
Free writing is great, and everyone should indulge in a little free writing every once in a while. However, writing with a purpose will leave you feeling productive and accomplished at the end of your session. Have you been meaning to plan out the details of your next vacation? Choose to make your writing session for the day a productive one and lay out all of those details. Choose to alternate the types of writing you do each day to keep it interesting. Open up your bullet journal a few days a week to set goals for yourself or reflect on what you want to accomplish that month. Then open up your notebook on alternating days for a little free writing; mixing it up keeps it fun.
Choose to journal with a friend.
Another great way to keep up with writing each day is to ask a friend to join you. You don’t necessarily need to write together or share what you’ve written but communicate with each other regularly to keep yourself (and your friend) accountable to your commitment to writing. You could also choose to join a writers group; hop onto Google and see if there are any in your area. If you can’t find any local groups, consider joining an online group. Joining an online writing group is convenient and easy as you can meet up with everyone within the comfort of your own home. You’ll also be able to meet other unique writers who might be able to share tips and other insights that might work for you.
Take a step away from technology.
This is a big one! Turn off the TV, put your phone away, and step away from the computer. Technology is great, but when it comes to writing, it might end up being a distraction. Writing is a great way to clear your mind and it can improve your ability to focus, so make sure you’re giving it your all and take a step away from technology for the time being.