The most common reaction I get when I say that I write 1000 words a day no matter the day is that of shock and “there is no way I could do that.”
I will tell you that it is HARD a lot of the time but the reward is so worth the effort. From helping me process all my thoughts and emotions to providing fodder for this blog makes prioritizing writing each day so worth it.
Now, getting 1000 words out each day can be a real struggle. My natural state is to be like a squirrel and chase after the next shiny thing.There is always something more fun or exciting out there.
So, how in the world do I stay focused enough to get 1000 words out each day?
Let me share the habits that work pretty well for me. I hope adopting these habits can help YOU start writing 1000 words a day too.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA
In order for this to happen each day I have to turn off all social media.
It actually goes further than that. The only window open on my computer is my Word document where I write everything.
If anything else is open, the squirrel in me yearns to click over (like right now, I’m having to resist opening up CHROME) and see what’s happening on the news, weather, movies, friends on FB, blogging groups, Pinterest, email, etc. etc. etc.
I could easily lose an hour if I allow myself to click over and go down any rabbit holes.
All other windows, but especially social media (the worst culprit), must stay closed until this writing is done completely.
Then, when the writing is done, I can get my hits of social media or whatever peaks my interesting before I move on to the next task.
TURN PHONE OVER & ON SILENT
I keep my phone on the desk with me for most of the day.
The phone can be just as distracting as social media.
Because of all those random blinky lights that happen with notifications. If I see a blinky light notification, I just HAVE to check what it is notifying me about. A text, a Google hangout, a Facebook notification, a ReTweet, a new deal on Amazon, or a big on eBay. All of these notifications will send me into the trees with the squirrels just as quickly as social media on the laptop.
I also turn the phone on silent. Those notifications have beeps that will get me climbing to worlds unknown just like the lights will.
The phone is turned over and silent when I’m writing.
And on days when I’m feeling especially squirrely I will put the phone on the filing cabinet behind me so I can’t even see it.
Music for Concentration
I am often wearing my headphones while I’m working and listening to a wide repertoire of music. I work better with some good music on than I do in silence. It helps quiet all the miscellaneous thoughts.
For my 1000 words a day time, though, I listen to a particular station on Spotify called MUSIC FOR CONCENTRATION.
This music on this station is absolutely perfect for focusing on the task at hand. I can zone out and just write while I’m listening to it. I can’t tell you how it works but it really is easier to concentrate and pound out a ton of words quickly.
Do It First
I schedule my writing time as the first thing I do each day when I sit down at the computer. Morning is my freshest time and it is far easier to be creative.
Writing my 1000 words a day is one of my non-negotiables when it comes to this blog. I started this whole crazy idea because I am a writer and a writer gotta write.
At the start of building this blog, I found myself getting caught up in the technical details of setting up a blog. There were some days I totally forgot to write. I wasn’t being true to myself or being authentic with you.
So, I recommitted to the 1000 words a day no matter what. If that is the only thing I get done on the blog that day, I am okay with that.
The main purpose of a writer is to write. Period. Full Stop. Click To Tweet
I put the most important thing at the start of the day. I write my 1000 words every morning before I do any marketing, blog building, skill building, homemaking, or whatever.
I don’t edit the document when I’m writing.
UGH! I know. It is so dang hard for the Grammar Police.
The point of writing 1000 words a day is to get the words out. It is not to create publishable material.
The publishable material comes later when I do the editing and formatting.
This daily exercise is to just let the ideas flow out of your fingers. That’s it. There are no paragraphs that make sense. Most of the time it is stream of consciousness and would make zero sense to anyone else who read it.
Yes, the little squiggly lines that keep popping up in Word drive me nuts but if I corrected every squiggly red line would never get this stuff out. And trying to perfect it as I’m going totally kills the creative process.
DON’T GET UP TILL IT’S DONE
Finally, you don’t get up from your desk until the 1000 words are written.
Most of the day I use a timer to help me take breaks.
But, when I’m writing my 1000 words a day I don’t get up until it is done. That gives me more motivation to get it done because my butt is starting to hurt after awhile.
Committing to not get up during your daily writing ritual means that you are placing it at a very high priority.
Give these habits a try and let me know how your daily writing is going!!!!