5 Ways to Write More, Faster, and with Less Stress

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This week on Hit Publish, host Amy Harrison is talking momentum and productivity tricks. If you’ve ever found that things get in the way of your flow when you write and wish you could get more out of your writing time, this episode is for you.

On a previous show, Amy looked at how you could create content consistently, even when life gets in the way. Well, since then, a listener wrote a Dear Amy letter and asked about how to make actual writing time more productive.

Amy has struggled more than once to stay focused when she has a content creation project to do, but she’s found some workarounds to keep her on track.

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Why These Famous Time-Management Techniques Are Ruining Your Productivity

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Most creative people will take your head off if you butt in while they are “flowing.”

But that’s exactly what the Pomodoro technique does, a popular time management trick designed to boost your productivity.

The concept is simple: set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes and work until it rings. Then take a short break.

Eugene Schwartz swore by a similar method. He gunned for 33.33 minutes (not sure how he managed the .33 part given he wasn’t using a digital clock — I guess he eyeballed it).

During those 33 plus minutes he could do anything he wanted: stare out the window, drink coffee, drool on his wrist, or write the ad he needed to write.

The hitch? He couldn’t leave his seat.

The hope was he’d get so bored he’d just write. And soon enough that’s what would happen.

And now, fortunately, the recommended burst of focus time is getting longer. And that’s a good thing.

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Freaking Out Over the Thought of Writing a First Draft? Try Scaffolding

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Your idea stretches out to the end of nowhere. One hundred words? One thousand? What’s the angle? The structure?

That’s just one decision among many you must make before you write. And just one more decision that adds to your anxiety.

Fail to figure this one out and your idea sits idle. Deserted. Should this indecision persist, over time you’ll accumulate a storehouse of hollowed out concepts. Your very own creative blight.

Fortunately, scaffolding can help you avoid this mess.

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Content Marketing Is Easier When You (Partially) Delegate These 12 Tasks

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You might believe that it somehow gets easier — or requires less time — to market your business as your online presence grows.

You’d be wrong.

Instead, you switch from working your tail off to get known to working your tail off to keep up with being known.

Even if you stairstep the number of platforms, channels, and methods you use, there comes a point in which you just can’t keep up with it by yourself, let alone continue to grow into new areas.

The only options are to embrace the marketing ceiling or start delegating some of the marketing work.

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How to Ditch Your Perfectionist Mindset

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, blogger, consultant, coach at Systems Scientist, podcaster, and author of Owning It: Embrace the Best and Worst Parts of You to Thrive in Life and Business.

She is the founder of Mydzik Media, the host of The Off-Road Millenial podcast, where she talks about the future of work and millennial entrepreneurship, and she writes about personal branding and life-work balance for her personal site.

She is a scientist by trade, so she uses a mixture of her analytical and creative mind to help others identify their deficiencies and strengths within their personal lives and businesses.

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How to Eliminate Options and Find Opportunities

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a Canadian supermom of five, personal development coach, public speaker, and the author of What You Focus On Grows.

Between 1995 and 2005, she was the Founder and President of Upward Motion and created the web-based assessment tool, Real Estate Simulator.

She is now the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and owner of JournalEngine Software. She designed the Frame of Mind Coaching program to provide her clients with a powerful foundation, which enables them to develop and apply the skill of deliberate thought directly to achieving higher levels of success.

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