06 Sep Here’s How to Use Your Daily Habits For Writing Better Content in Less Time
By: Lesley Vos
I write every day for my blog as well as other publications. I’m a big fan of guest posting, and every day I do everything I can to reinforce better writing.
The problem: Content creation is time-consuming.
- Content marketers deal with multiple tasks: social media content (93%), newsletters (81%), articles for websites (79%), blogs (81%), in-person events (81%), and more.
- Lack of time is one of top 5 challenges for 51% of content marketers, while 50% face the challenge of producing truly engaging content.
- 76% of marketers will create more content in 2016 versus 2015.
As a result, we have to find and apply different tactics to become more productive and efficient, as well as optimize our work to achieve better results.
Yes, creating content is hard work. Every time I read works of Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, or Jon Morrow, I wonder, “How do they write so many articles every week, together with dozens of other tasks to complete?”
Do they “work 80-hour weeks?” Do they have an “army of assistants?”
It seems Neil Patel somehow heard my silent moanings when he wrote How to Write 5 or More Articles a Week and Not Burn Out, explaining the best tactics available for content marketers anytime and anywhere.
His article made me think of using alternative habits for writing more content in less time.
Famous writers didn’t hesitate to use their weird habits for more efficient work. So, maybe it makes sense to follow their lead and find benefits in our love for coffee and music for better content writing?
So, I’ve taken my daily habits and decided to learn how to develop them for writing better content in less time.
#1 — Read the news
I can’t help but read the news online. Turns out, this daily habit holds benefits for content writers:
- It improves writing skills, encouraging better cognitive skills and brain functioning. Plus, it enriches vocabulary.
- It provides ideas for new content.
- It lets them learn from professionals and follow their methods.
To make this work, avoid reading everyone and everything. Make a list of channels and resources that inspire you, as well as educate you.
Learning from experience, I can say Moz, Copyblogger, QuickSprout, and Smart Blogger are the best helpers in my niche. Rand Fishkin and Neil Patel teach me all the aspects of and latest trends in content and Internet marketing, while Brian Clark and Jon Morrow demonstrate the art of writing and encourage me to polish up my writing skills.