Content Writing Productivity: 11 Bright Hacks to Get Organized

Evan Jensen

Content Writing Productivity Hacks for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.comEver struggle to keep up with your content writing deadlines?

Maybe freelancing is your full-time gig, or maybe it’s your side hustle. Maybe you have a day job, kids, or both.

If you’re feeling like your hectic schedule is casting a shadow over your freelance writing career that’s making it hard to move up and earn more, shine a light on how you’re using your time.

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, parent who home-schools kids, freelancer with a day job and dream to go full-time, or you’re already living the freelance life, your greatest asset is time.

How you use your time can make the difference between landing a couple of freelance writing gigs and being fully booked. Which would you prefer?

In this post you’ll get tips, strategies, resources, and motivation from freelancers who are hustling every day, every hour, every minute to improve time management and get more work done.

Check out these 11 hacks for freelance writers to get organized and boost productivity:

1. Exhausted? 7 Busy Writer-Moms Share Their Fall Productivity Formula

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2. 10 Time-Saving Apps to Boost Productivity for Freelance Writers

Stop time so you can catch up on your freelance writing work. If you can figure out how to do that, you’re a genius. Until then, boost productivity and create more time in your schedule with these tech tools.

3. Productivity for Freelancers: Could Binge-Watching Help?

Let’s say you’ve got piles of client work to complete. But all you can think about is binge-watching your favorite show for hours. Do you grit your teeth, buckle down, and keep writing? Or do you indulge your lazy side and hit the “play” button? Here’s a content writing productivity tip that might surprise you.

4. Writing Tips: 10 Productivity Secrets From the Author of 1,000 Blog Posts

You don’t just write 1,000 blog posts about the business and craft of freelance writing by accident. It doesn’t just magically happen, especially when you’re raising a family, writing for clients, and running a business. Here’s what Carol Tice learned about time management from her first 1,000 blog posts for Make a Living Writing to help you be a better writer.

5. Build Success with the Lego Productivity Method for Writers

Who says Legos are just for kids? Freelance writer Ed Gandia explains how to boost productivity for freelance writers, clear your mind, and make more money writing brick by brick.

6. Kids Driving You Crazy? One Writer’s Family-Friendly Productivity Plan

Work from home as a freelance writer. Take care of 8 kids. Home school all of them. That’s Lisa Tanner’s life. And she’s figured out a way to make it all work. Here’s how she does it:

7. Slow Going? Drive Freelance Success with 11 Apps for Writers

Is there a way to speed up freelance writing success? More hustle and longer hours are the most common paths to get there. But if you take a little time to streamline your efforts with these apps for writers, you may speed things up without working your fingers to the bone.

8. Freelance Dreams vs. Reality: 7 Truth Bombs About Time Management

When freelance writer and coach Linda Formichelli asked her network what a day in the life of a freelance writer looks like, there was an obvious disconnect. If you want to be a successful freelancer, prepare yourself for some truth bombs about time management.

9. Start Writing with This Simple 15-Minute Hack for Busy Freelancers

Got a day job, freelance side hustle, and kids? It’s a recipe for always running short on time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Freelancer Nicole Gironda shares her tips on how to make it all work, even if can only carve out 15 minutes of writing time.

10. 5 Quick Ways Busy Freelancers Can Keep Marketing

You commit to a big marketing push and send out some great pitches and letters of introduction. Contracts start to trickle in, and you’re busy writing for clients. Does that mean you hang up your marketing hat and forget about it? Don’t do that. If you want to stay fully-booked, keep marketing. Here’s how, even if you’re busy:

11. How to Fit Freelance Writing into Your Busy Life

Think you’re too busy to find time for freelance writing? You’ve got a day job. Kids to take care of. Other responsibilities. But if freelance writing is your dream, you’ll keep coming back to the idea. Freelance writers Carol Tice and Bryan Cohen show you how to kick start freelance writing as a side hustle and grow from there.

Use it or lose it: Time is your most valuable freelance asset

Need more time to get stuff done? Take a hard look at your schedule and where every hour is going. Then carve out a plan to write, market, move up, and earn more. That’s how you make a living writing.

How do you get more content writing done? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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  1. Manish Parmar

    This is quite an insightful post. Time management is what every freelancer needs not to understand to move up and earn more. Everybody has to figure out their own system, best times for creativity, writing, etc. I want to be successful in content writing. You shared wonderfully in this post. Keep up the good work coming.

  2. Molly+Miller

    I especially gained from Carol’s 2011 audio call with Brian Cohen, and what it takes in time and commitment to write successfully as a freelancer. Where I am is on the rocky, bumpy road from a smooth, but unsatisfying highway, to the freelance writing highway.

    So I understand that the current freefall and bumps I feel show that I did venture on the new road. Then I continue to move behavior in, like asking the question “Is this getting me to the goal?”, that moves me forward.

    • Carol Tice

      Love it, Molly!

  3. Andreia Esteves

    Thank you for this list! My productivity mantra is “first create, then consume”. I make sure to get something done out of my to-do list before logging in any social media and it really helps me.

    • Carol Tice

      Such a good policy! I need to get back to this…

  4. Nicholas

    Very insightful post carol. Truly, Time management is what every freelancer need not to understand to move up and earn more. I don’t find it easy to streamline all my schedules to fit in with their alloted time. There are days when i feel unmotivated to write anything even where there are many work to do.

    • Evan Jensen

      Everybody has to figure out there own system, best times for creativity, writing, etc. But I think the biggest hurdle for a lot of writers is consistently taking action. Write a query or letter of introduction. Clear everything and finish writing a client project. Even the smallest action step can motivate you to the next.

  5. ewafebri

    Thank you so much for these Tips Carol. Hope i can be more productive in writing

    • Evan Jensen

      Glad you found these productivity tips helpful. Now get to work. LOL.

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