6 Ways to Write More Consistently and Stop Procrastinating

Writing consistently is important for any writer. But it’s especially important for bloggers. Without consistency, writing can become a chore, and you might find yourself with less time to blog because of work or other commitments.

When you stop procrastinating and make writing a habit, not only will your blog improve but your life will improve as well! Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Give yourself a deadline

A key step to writing consistently is to set a deadline. For example, if you want to write at least one post every week, then give yourself a weekly deadline and stick to it. For me personally, I try to make sure I publish at least one article here on Medium each week (i.e. before the end of Monday), although sometimes I fail!

It’s also helpful to give yourself a word count goal in order to ensure that you’re reaching your weekly quota. Even if you end up writing more than the word count goal, that’s fine! You can edit your post later on for better grammar and readability.

If you work best under pressure, give yourself a time limit and try not to think about how many words you’ve written or how close you are getting to the word count goal.

It’s also helpful to break down your weekly goals into daily goals so that they’re more manageable and don’t seem too daunting. And if all else fails, use timers for motivation! Create a timer with a specific deadline (e.g. “finish blog post by 8pm”) and see how much work can get done in an hour or less when there’s no time left to procrastinate! This works particularly well when you cannot move the deadline (e.g. you set the deadline for a task to be right before a call or other immovable event).

Find time for writing

Finding time to write consistently can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Make sure to keep a regular work schedule and schedule time on your calendar specifically for writing. Writing should be a priority — this is something I struggle with all the time. I always think that, “oh, I’m too busy this week so I can just skip writing and catch up next week”, but frankly, this is a terrible excuse. Find a word count goal and set a timer for yourself, trying to make it almost like a competition where you can see how many words you can produce in an hour. Try doing some writing first thing in the morning or before you go to bed, during the two times of the day where you are generally most productive.

Create a routine

Find a time of day you can dedicate to your blog and stick with it. When you’re consistent, the task of writing will become easier. You’ll also find that you have more time to write because you’re not procrastinating about when to write.

When starting out, try dedicating 15–30 minutes in the morning or evening for your blog. A few days later, increase the 15–30 minutes to an hour if it’s working for you. For some bloggers, this might be enough time to produce a few posts every week.

As you become more comfortable and confident writing, you can gradually increase the amount of time you spend writing, to the point where you could be writing several hours a week.

Reward yourself

After publishing each blog post, take a few moments to celebrate what you just accomplished! It takes dedication and discipline to publish a blog post, so congratulations! Share this success with others and reward yourself in a positive way.

Find accountability

To find accountability, you might want to find a blog buddy. This is someone who will help you keep your writing consistent, and exchange blog posts with you in return. You can find one on Discord, Twitter or other platforms.

Build momentum

One of the best things you can do is to start with what feels the easiest. It’s often hard to get started, but once you have momentum, it gets easier.

If you find yourself having writers block — or just trying to figure out what to write about — try picking up something that might be fun to write about. Start writing, build momentum and you’ll produce a blog post before you know it!

Conclusion

  1. Give yourself a deadline
  2. Find time for writing
  3. Create a routine
  4. Reward yourself
  5. Find an accountability partner
  6. Build momentum

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