One thing is so important when it comes to working on projects and that is finding your flow! If you have ever been working and time just passes by without a thought and you just feel that whatever it is you’re doing is going in a natural, smooth way, then you’ll have achieved a moment of flow! I love it when I am in the flow, but the problem is, it’s so hard to achieve it sometimes! So, what can you do to get into the right flow for you? Here are some tips that work for me!
Plan your work time
An important aspect of finding your flow is to make things a habit! I have several moments every day that I spend writing and because I almost always write during those set times, I find it easy to just sit down and do what I love doing: Writing! From this blog, to journalling, to working on my latest project, I reserve some time every day to work on all of them. And the good thing is, it doesn’t even take up that much time and if I do feel like doing more work, then I do, of course!
I love using pen and paper notebooks for all of my planning!
Treat your writing as if you’re going to a (sports)club
I’ve always tried treating my writing as something that I have to do at set times, similarly to how some people go to their sportclubs at set times during the week. If you do this and reserve time not only will it feel like something official, it’ll also allow you to use a set amount of time to work on something you love! For instance, I reserve special time on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to work on my novels, besides writing 500 words a day on one of my projects. 🙂 You’ll quickly see your word count increase on a monthly basis if you try this!
Make sure that you’re not going to be disturbed!
Perhaps the most important tip I can give you is to shut down all your social media, and if you’re really going to be serious about getting into the flow, putting your phone away. I personally love social media and my phone, but I also know they’re my number one pitfall and if you look up my resume, you’ll find that I put the pro in procrastination. So, the only way for me to get into the flow is making sure that I won’t be distracted by bleeps, notifications, and other stuff that removes me from my fictional world, back into reality.
Of course, these tips work for a variety of activities, but these are the ones I use when I want to get into my creative writing flow! Hope they’ll be of use to you as well!
Jeffrey, You are like an arrow to reach your goals! –Set writing times, pen & paper for planning, different times for various writing projects, avoiding distractions especially social media. One of my things is writing IN PENCIL!!! –Maybe it’s generational! I like to say, some of the best writing I do is with the eraser!!!!!!!!!!! Good job here, Jeffrey! Phil
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I do write by hand sometimes too, but I find it much more efficient and faster to use my keyboard instead. 🙂 I do journal by hand though!
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