6 Writing and Productivity Rituals from the Copyblogger Creative Team

6 Writing and Productivity Rituals from the Copyblogger Creative Team

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  1. I love seeing these rituals Sonia.

    I once was a real cheat. I wrote 90 bite-sized, 6K word, practical eBooks over a 3 month stretch, creating one daily. I had the sweetest little ritual. Wake up. Jump into a cold pool. Meditate. Exercise the dogs. Oh yeah; head down to a little apartment on a huge villa property in Bali LOL. Cheating. But really I have been as prolific here in many ways, here being nosier USA. I even churn out serious wordage in NYC.

    The key for me is following my morning high vibing ritual – meditation, ice shower, stretching – and then, I exercise for 45 to 90 minutes daily. Running 10 miles, 2-3 days weekly with some interval training and walking on other days.

    If I adhere to this daily wellness regimen and simply find a quiet spot, I am always in the flow. I am not writing eBooks these days but publish 2-4 or more guest posts daily, so the ritual is working A-OK.

    • Ryan and Sonia,

      I am right there with you and going through my own writing rituals right now. I just changed them up a bit and stepped out of our Travel Trailer into the canopy (when it’s not raining, of course) to enjoy the quiet, sunshine of the campgrounds we are visiting in Wisconsin this summer.

      I also do the ice shower, but a bit differently. I use it as my way of getting back to it in the afternoon. Mornings, I delve into scripture and something inspirational (lately it has been Ryan’s books) before hitting my own ebook writing for 90 minutes.

      Usually, I do two sessions a day for my own writing, one for clients (hoping to eliminate this one in the next 6 to 9 months) and another session for other tasks.

      I love seeing the variety from the staff and really think it’s so important to figure out when you have high energy times of day and when you don’t. It’s hard to write outside of those “best” times of day for sure.

  2. I can write effectively any time of the day between 5 A.M. to 9 P.M, but I’m no night owl. I love to write, edit and proofreading in a silent environment, but at times, white noise is very helpful.
    As for beverages, I do water.

  3. I can not imagine working without good tea, which we have a large stock in our company. I have to be fed too, then I’m happy and ready to work.

  4. I loved this post! Really liked the Sean’s Wes 30 Days to a Writing Habit, something like this, to help me create a writing habit (it could be a course for Authority or DCI :-). I like to tie writing with my meditation, really early in the morning when nobody is awake, with music without lyrics as well and a lot of coffee. Can’t believe it’s been almost a year from the DCI Summit.

  5. I have a hard time doing rituals and more so living by flying by the seat of my pants, but that doesn’t work very often. It’s good to see these so I can better myself in the process.

  6. Great Article! I always like reading tips to improve my productivity. Personally , I do like writing to music but without lyrics. I do a lot of writing in coffee shops and I need something to block out the sound. I usually listen to Binaural Beats and other brain power music enhancing music to help me focus.

  7. Sonia, lots of interesting and fun stuff here, indicative of how differently writers approach getting the words out. I’m a morning/afternoon coffee dosage guy, no music, early to rise but futzing until the real writing begins around 9-11:30, and then some more between 2-3:30pm, with the other parts of the day marketing, napping and tending my garden of daydreams.

    My key is that my office is a ’66 Airstream Globetrotter—a retreat, a muse and a quiet compositional lounge. I think that viewing the original orange/brown/yellow plaid upholstery is essential to my daily word count.

  8. I LOVE reading about how other writers and editors get through their working day. This was a great article to read. As a freelance editor and writer who is currently working while living and travelling around Europe at the moment, as long as I have my Macbook Air, wifi, a decent coffee (which has been the BEST in Italy), a big bottle of water, and my notebook and diary, I am good to go! I also enjoy listening to music while I work. I am also a morning person. Love to hit the office early, then happy to take a ‘siesta’ after lunch! 🙂

    • The MacbookAir is the most magnificently wonderful tool for being able to go just about anywhere and get writing done.

      Spain also has some damned fine coffee. Enjoy your travels! Get yourself to the Barnum Cafe near Campo de’ Fiori if you find yourself in Rome. 🙂

  9. I really enjoyed this post! It made me take a look at my own writing rituals. I definitely do my best writing at night–sometimes the later the better. I’m definitely a night owl! Editing, outlining, etc., during the day (after 10:00 AM). But my most creative and productive writing happens in the quiet of the night.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Dear Sonia,
    I’m happy to inform you that this post is featured in the recent part of TimeCamp’s weekly Productivity Articles roundup! Find “Need Some Inspiration? Read These 10 Productivity Articles! 27/8/17.”
    Thank you for sharing these excellent productivity and time management tips!
    Aleksandra Rybacka, Social Media Manager at TimeCamp

  11. The split between music and no music is interesting. Personally, I can’t work at all with music in the background however I know quite a few people who are happy to work/write/study with either background music or with headphones on.

      • Last year I worked as a content writer at a company that blared Top 40 pop music throughout the office, 8 hours a day. The only way to survive was to invest in over-the-ear headphones and learn to write to my own instrumental music. Before that stint, I could never write with music! Now I can write to instrumental/very familiar music. (And thankfully, I’ve moved on from that job.)

  12. Sonia,

    I like that you included a question about beverage regarding the writing and productivity routine. I will tell my co-host, Johan Gustaphzon, about your post. We have a podcast (in Swedish) called Produktivitéet (a made up for being productive and drinking tea at the same time), talking about getting things done and different teas.

    I am writing a book series on tea, so I want to find my special writing ritual, as an aspiring author.

  13. I really enjoy reading about how other writers find their muse when it comes to drafting, editing and completing their work.
    I am an early worker, although that doesn’t make early mornings any easier, once breakfast has been eaten, a latte on the commute drunk and the decks cleared which is usually by about 8:30 I can work straight through to 10:30 producing some of my best work.
    However, as soon as early afternoon hits, the post lunch slump makes finding creativity and concentration very tricky. Any tips on how to continue into the early afternoon would be appreciated, I am currently trying to cure it with an espresso immediately after lunch.

    Great article! 🙂

    • I don’t think I know anyone who’s particularly good at creative work after lunch. I try to do stuff that doesn’t need those particular brain cells — repetitive tasks, or even just taking a walk.

  14. Interesting post. We all have our own writing rituals. Some have a really practical and efficient ritual while some have a really weird but effective rituals.

  15. I write copy on a daily basis and for me, you need to tune in to your “productive” hours. As if you work on average 7 hours per day, not all of those 7 hours are equal. I find that I am rubbish in the morning until about 10, when my brain kicks in. It then slumps after lunch from 1.30 through to 3pm, and my body kicks in with a real focus period from 4 through to 6. Becoming aware of my daily “energy” levels have allowed me to become a more effective writer. So for example in my lower energy periods I focus on admin work, or perhaps gaining and bookmarking research etc. My peak periods are for when I need to be most creative and get words to paper. Thanks for the article!

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