Every writer knows and dreads it: the writer’s block. We have found an easy and free tool that will get rid of that problem immediately. It will boost your writing’s productivity tenfold.
I was trying out a new method to boost my productivity when writing. Normally, when I am online and trying to create content for my website(s), then many distractions from my work are lurking just around the corner.
Get a virtual kick in the arse with the Write or Die web-tool
The newest method to fight writer’s block and laziness is called “Write or Die”.
Quite the name, isn’t it?
The concept is simple: you write into a web-editor, ideally without pausing. If you stop… well, there are consequences. From an unpleasant noise to your work getting deleted right in front of your eyes….
A brilliant way to overcome writer’s block.
It is the kick in the butt I definitively need to get myself going! I wish I have had this tool when I was in school or during college…
However, it might not work as well if you are easily intimidated. If did work for me though – look at what you just read:
380 words in 8 minutes.
That would never have worked the “normal” way.
Need some real motivation? Write or Die!
There is virtual “help” and it’s called “Write or Die”
The desktop application costs 10 bucks, but its web app is free and it’s easy to use. Just type the goal you have and the time you can spend for the amount of words you want to do.
- If you choose “Gentle mode” you will get a pop-up reminder.
- In the Normal mode, you will hear an unnerving sound which will only stop if you continue writing.
- Kamikaze mode deletes the content you have just written. I am sure this will give you enough motivation to continue writing.
It is! The startling sound will actually be a pretty strong punishment. Especially if the sound settings of your laptop are a bit too high and you get suprized. No more dozing off and procrastinating after that happens once, I can assure you that!
Do anything that is necessary to destroy your writer’s block. Trick yourself with any possible strategy into your most productive self.
There are different Grace Periods during which you are allowed not to write.
However, it’s simply best if you don’t ever pause your fingers.
If you choose “Evil” and not only “Strict” as your Grace Period, you’ll only have one second until the consequences kick in.
Want to try it out?
Are you sure?
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This is how it looks like if you stop writing…
It gets redder and redder
The consequences are about to begin…!
The crude sound (I won’t tell you what it is, it’s a surprise!) you get is pretty surprising, but you won’t be able to handle it for long. Well, almost.
So never stop writing… or else…!
This tool works best if you have music boxes and work colleagues next to you. You will get some eyes looking at you if this music starts. I am pretty sure your fingers will never stop moving if you will have to face this social pressure.
And I am not even talking about Kamikaze consequences, where your text gets deleted word by word. Talk about fighting writer’s block!
Have mercy, I don’t want to “die”!
It is not like the creator of this tool was without mercy. Do you have to go to the toilet real quick?
OK – you are allowed ONE PAUSE.
Check it out: click on pause, and you will see this:
Did you save that child outside?
Good. Now get back to work. *evil grin*
You only have one pause. If you try pausing again, you’ll just see that “Pause only works once”
An alternative way to eliminate writer’s block: Boost your writing with a Virtual Assistant
Another method to eliminate writer’s block is to use a dictation device – like my cell phone with the Catch application – and start talking. The recording is sent to my virtual assistant and he transcribes it.
This does increase my productivity a lot. Why?
There is a social responsibility to follow through: I cannot stop and start updating my Facebook account in mid-recording. By the way, the Catch app does not allow a pause of the recording – so any awkward pauses are directly transferred to my VA…
There is more than one disadvantage of outsourcing all writing to a transcription worker, though.
- It costs money. Although this sort of work is one of the cheaper uses of outsourcing, this can add up. It still takes time. Not yours, necessarily, but that of your VA. The time you need to record your message should be multiplied by four or five.
- The result is the amount of time the VA needs to transcribe, format and proofread my transcript.
- Your writing style is different. When you write or when you talk, your sentences are way different.
You might have noticed this different kind of phrasing on Ideal Helper. Though generally, I review my transcripts, because they can be just a bit too awkward. Of course this revising costs you some time as well. Also, I tend to use longer sentences when talking – which are less effective for when you want others to read it on the screen.
If you hire an assistant to help you with voicemail transcription, always remember that there is a human being on the other end. Make it as easy as possible for him to transcribe your dictation and in return you get the best results.
Say goodbye to writer’s block!
The main advantage of voice transcription is that you free your mind by talking easily. If you are writing, you may experience writer’s block and an empty page before you might look intimidating.
But you can always talk. Can’t you?
Imagine talking to a friend, which is the best way to create articles out of speech by voicemail transcription. If you need to create materials which contain both written elements and pictures or graphics, then you probably will prefer using good screen recording software.
9 Tips for effective transcription
- When you record your message, try to talk slowly
- Aim for half of the speed that you normally are talking with
- Try to take your time and think of each sentence
- When talking, and especially when you are recording a dictation, you tend to make longer sentences. In writing they are more difficult to read so break it down
- Try to eliminate exterior noise
- Use a quality headset
- Review your recording after you have finished it. Is it audible?
- Check for missing pieces of your recording before sending it to your virtual transcription assistant
- You will save some time reviewing your dictation before sending it to your virtual assistant
This way, you eliminate possible emails back and forth if you need to try to clear up any uncertainties.
The exact working style when you hire someone for voicemail transcription still depends on you.
Find your optimal talking speed for transcription
Don’t forget the final proof-read
A great way to proofread your transcript without losing focus is to read it out loud. Always make sure to proofread your transcripts. Sometimes the written word may look silly or too informal, for example in a letter, an email or an article which you have transcribed. You can ask your assistant to proofread your transcript for you and propose editions and corrections.
By working together with a virtual assistant on a web business, we found that there are tools and techniques that you should not miss out on.
To be successful with an online business, your success tool number one is your ability to create written content – unless you are a professional YouTube Video producer.
The first life hack you have to know about is:
How to defeat writer’s block
Writer’s block is the dreadful enemy of online content creators, book authors and bloggers all around the world.
There are two simple ways to defeat writer’s block:
- Get a huge kick in the arse with the online tool “Write or Die”
- Don’t write. Just talk: combine the power of a voice recording with the help of an online transcription assistant.
Staying productive on the internet
I define productivity online with: not being distracted by being online (dancing cat movies, Facebook time wasters etc.)
Do you know if you are productive when working on your PC?
Stop guessing and start measuring your efficiency with a free productivity tracking software.
There just cannot be enough tips about how to work online effectively. That’s just how many distractions are waiting for you when you are going online.
The easiest “offline” life hack for staying productive with the internet around is to…
Force yourself to go offline!
There is a great tool that I like to use for that, which is called “Freedom”. You’d be surprised how literal the feeling of freedom becomes when you force yourself off the internet to get some work done.
Tools are only half of the trade – It’s all about attitude
Being productive starts in the head. The next life-hacks involve a series of techniques for productive thinking.
If you use
- Online planning tools
- Decision making software
- Mind mapping tools
- Getting-Things-Done strategies
- Time monitoring tools
- Goal setting strategies
You’ll be prepared to blast through the day by staying productive and focused.
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He’ll know you well enough to help you clean up the mess in your mind and on your virtual desk.
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