Picture the scene: you’ve got a pressing blog post to write.
Whether it’s a freelance blogging job for another business or a sponsored collaboration with a brand on your monetised blog, the deadline is tighter than your skinny jeans on a day where you’ve eaten cake – and you’ve not even started the assignment yet.
No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to concentrate.
In fact, you’re doing almost anything and everything else apart from what you’re supposed to be doing (i.e. watching funny cat videos).
If this sounds familiar, don’t panic. There are some ways you can kill it with your blogging productivity (if only you have the strength to close down your YouTube tab).
In fact, here are my top tips in terms of how to write a blog post fast as a beginner to smash those deadlines, impress brands/clients, and ultimately grow your business.
(Because the quicker you write, the more assignments you can take on and the more money you earn! Kerching.)
1. Find a Quiet Area to Work
How to write a blog post fast 101: find a quiet space to work in.
I mean, it’s practically impossible to be productive when you have your neighbour’s gardeners mowing the lawn next door or your newborn baby crying in a nearby room.
Personally, I need to remove myself from distractions of any kind to be able to bash out some half-decent words (and pronto!).
Sure, a little background noise can sometimes be good for productivity levels, like the hum of the radio or some relaxing sounds.
However, generally speaking, having a designated space to work away from other humans tends to work wonders for people who get distracted easily. (I.e. the majority of us who work remotely, right?)
2. Do All the Hard Thinking Beforehand
Before you even sit down to write your post, be clear on what exactly it is you’re going to be doing:
- Who are you writing for?
- What’s the topic?
- What’s the key information you need to include?
Crack open a new Word or Pages document ahead of time and brain-dump anything you can think of that will help you write the post when it actually comes to doing it.
Also, perform any research and source keywords beforehand.
The idea is that you can literally open the document at a later date and get on with the writing part without any interruptions. Happy days.
3. Have an Outline Already Written
Following on from the previous point, it’s a well-known fact that focusing on one type of task at a time (as opposed to mixing and matching) avoids overwhelm. As a result, it helps you get things done quicker.
And I’d have to agree with this.
I mean, I always find that I can write blog posts faster if I have a rough outline drafted before I actually sit down to write the main body of the post. Why? Well, then you can essentially just fill in the blanks.
This prevents you from faffing around getting the outline together, which complicates things, increases stress levels, and takes longer at the end of the day.
4. Write in Short Bursts
I’m personally more productive when I write in short bursts and then take regular breaks. (I’m talking about doing 25 minutes on and then five minutes off.)
This is called the Pomodoro Technique and is a famous (and effective!) time management method. It works by breaking down your workload into smaller (more manageable) intervals.
I realise that every human being is different. However, I find I can’t write for too long without needing a rest, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Essentially, blog writing uses a lot of brain power when you’re doing it for a job. And let’s face it, it’s mentally exhausting at times!
The trick is to give yourself regular breaks if you want to write faster blog posts in the long run. Thank me later.
5. Listen to Music
As I mentioned earlier, music and melodic noise is an effective way to increase your productivity levels.
Whether it’s the sound of the ocean going backwards and forwards on the shore or your favourite Spotify playlist, experiment to find out what spurs you on when you’re blog post writing.
Then make sure you do it so you can write as many blog posts as you can in hardly any time at all!
6. Only Work with the Tools You Need
Another important tip in terms of how to write a blog post fast? Only work with the tools you need.
By this, I’m talking about removing the things that might interrupt your flow from your workspace. Mobile phone, social media tabs on your computer and/or a TV remote, I’m looking at you.
For me, it’s my mobile phone that’s the ultimate distraction. I usually have to leave it on silent, charge it or put it in another room as I’m writing. Otherwise, I simply won’t get anything done.
After all, the temptation to drop everything so I can reply to my friend Susan’s text about her botched boob job is just too much.
7. Make Sure Your Laptop is Fully Charged
I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve been in the middle of writing a blog post, fully immersed in what I’m writing and on a bit of a roll. And then guess what? My laptop dies.
(Cue a lot of cursing that almost results in throwing my laptop out of the window.)
Instead of being interrupted and having to get up, find your laptop charger, plug it in and wait for your laptop to reboot (because, ugh, effort) why not make sure your laptop is fully charged before you start writing?
I know – smart, right? And totally worth doing.
8. Have Drinks on Hand
It’s so important to make sure you have immediate access to fluids when you’re blog writing.
Whether this is your essential morning green juice or good old-fashioned water, basically, you need to keep hydrated when you’re in a writing profession.
Why? Well, a healthy and hydrated body equals a healthy and hydrated brain, and that’s where all the words come from, remember?
If you’re like me, you’ll have to squeeze in at least one cup of coffee or tea throughout the day (okay, four). After all, caffeine can often stimulate productivity like nothing else.
Having said that, make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water too. As well as helping to clear your mind, it will also improve your energy levels and keep you feeling refreshed throughout the day (thus helping you to write faster). Duh.
9. Give Yourself a Deadline
Sometimes, I set myself deadlines for every blog post I write to trick my brain into doing it.
(For example, this current blog post that I’m working on has to be done in 30 minutes by 3pm.)
How come, you ask? Well, as we approach a deadline, our stress levels tend to rise. This then primes the brain and body for action and makes us work hard until the task is done.
This technique is known as the Yerkes-Dodson Law – and do you know what? It really works.
10. Reward Yourself When the Work is Complete
My favourite step of the process when it comes to how to write a blog post fast? Rewarding myself after I’ve finished it.
Whether this is playing video games, watching an episode of something on Netflix or going for a walk outside in the fresh air, make sure you treat yourself somehow for completing the work – even if it’s only something small.
Also, it helps if you have the reward in mind while you’re writing as it gives you a goal to work towards. (And this eggs you on!)
Either way, as time soon passes, the reward tends to come around faster than you originally thought – and doesn’t it feel great?
How to Write a Blog Post Fast: The Takeaway
In the world that we currently live in, where everything and everyone is available at the click of a button, it’s so easy to become distracted when you’re blog post writing.
Being productive when you’re on tight deadlines can be really challenging, especially if you’re a busy blogger with multiple posts to produce on any given day!
That said, my best bit of advice is to focus on what you can do within the time that’s given to you and try not to freak out.
After all, freaking out will only make you less productive as you will spend all your time and energy freaking out instead of using it for writing purposes. Eek.
Essentially, carry on working hard while simultaneously keeping a level head – and I guarantee you’ll be a super quick blog post writer in no time!
What are your top tips when it comes to how to write a blog post fast? Let me know in the comments!