Writing Tip of the Day: Your productivity equation

By Terreece M. Clarke

Productivity is the name of the game when it comes to freelancing. We are always looking for a way to shave a significant amount of time off any project or task. Sometimes, in our haste to do it faster, we forget to do it better. We make boneheaded mistakes. We make mistakes in our blogs, articles, social networking posts, at-home tasks, etc., that we’d normally never make if we weren’t in such a hurry.

My productivity equation is equal parts time + efficiency + effectiveness.

It is completely unproductive to get it done quick, but have to waste time redoing something or spend time kicking yourself because of a goof. So, slow down and get it right. Proof that article one more time, check that Tweet before you send, don’t guess the oven is off – know it is. It’s a constant balance

What’s your productivity equation?


  1. says

    You certainly have hit a nerve with me on this one. I cringe at my past mistakes due to having too much on my plate. I hence since have taken less in order to provide good quality.

    I can remember accidently submitting a draft rather than a finished product for an assignment, which contained more fragmented sentences than you could imagine. Needless to say, the editor wrote back and inquired if I was a native English speaker (I am) because my writing sounded as if I used an on-line translator. They accepted the finished product but I learned a valuable lesson.

  2. says

    I write everything as early as possible in the morning and afternoon. Then I take a refreshing break and come back and sit and proof it all once I’ve had time away from it. While I know it isn’t environmentally friendly, some of the more difficult pieces I still print and proof with a cup of coffee and a pen in hand. For some reason I can find errors on paper that I skip over when I read it on the monitor. :)

    For productivity/speed gains, I template as much as possible and fill in the content “blanks” as needed. For example, I have a newsletter that goes out every morning, and some of the basic info does not change, so I make a template and start with that rather than a blank page. E-mail note to Editors, special heading tags and HTML formatting, e-mail invoices (the list goes on). It is amazing how much time I have saved over the years by templating my most common tasks.

  3. says

    Veronica – I’m wincing with you girl! Oh man, we’ve all had cringe worthy moments and nothing like a flashback! But like you said, lesson learned!

    Aurora – As long as you recycle it isn’t terrible to print things off once in a while. Sometimes there is no substitute for paper in hand!

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