7 Tips to Improve Your Mindset in Article Writing

Doesn’t it Feel Like We’re Perpetually in Crunch Mode?

When tomorrow’s tasks should have been done yesterday, we begin to feel an overwhelming time crunch. In the name of Efficiency and Speed, we may find ourselves turning into machines and may even do things we typically would never carry out.

Avoid losing focus on your priorities. If you find yourself squinting at your values on the horizon, you have a choice to make: either give into temptation or stand by your values.

No matter how alluring, never yield to temptations that compromise your values. Your success should come from your values and your passion for writing, not from poor choices or bad influences. Work on setting goals that can be completed without losing control of what’s important to you and we can help.

Dig in your heels and show your true grit by improving your mindset with these tips.

7 Tips to Improve Your Mindset in Article Writing

  1. Practice Self-Control: A lack of self-control can disrupt your progress and damage your credibility. Every one of us has a strong desire for something, whether it’s for personal, professional, or financial gain. For example, to generate traffic and backlinks to your site, you can create quality and original content, which takes time to create and mature in the web-scape. Impatient people may resort to bad practices like submitting plagiarized articles and other “get rich quick” schemes. Control the urge to cut corners with unfavorable tactics that compromise your credibility. Your content should always be your best and most original work.
     
  2. Embrace Change: You may feel safe sticking to content that you know won’t make waves and it works, but you need to take risks for growth. You may ask, “Why would I change a perfectly sound system if it works?” When you stick to the same content topics, it may appear that you have nothing new to offer and you’re repeating information simply for quantity purposes. This stagnation can hurt your ability to engage new audiences. Branch out into new topics and test your limits by stepping into another role. Never fear change; embrace it!
     
  3. Let Things Develop: Wealth, fame, or the spotlight – whatever it is, you’ve set your sights on it and you want it bad. Be patient and balance your priorities. In time, you will develop the necessary skills, resources, and network to work your way up to the top without toppling over. Writing is an investment. Your eagerness is expected, but accomplishing your goals won’t be done overnight. Allow room for healthy growth and continue delivering quality content to your readers.
     
  4. Get Excited to Write: A disconnect between the author and the topic can be spotted easily. Whether it’s giving into distractions or attempting to find the “quick ‘n easy” cheap route, this disconnect can happen to the most successful writers. The failure to channel your unique talent is a tragedy because it stops innovation. If writing is your passion, you should be excited about it! Find your passion and make sure your enthusiasm shines because excitement is contagious. Get excited!
     
  5. Remain Calm & Collected: When you’re irritated or angry, you will create content without thinking clearly. It should never be a goal to write an article because you’re seeking revenge in some manner. Negative energy begets negative energy, so get rid of it and then write. Learning how to stay calm in intense situations will have a positive effect on your productivity as well as prevent writer’s block and other paralyzing effects of self-doubt. Establish a strong force of positive energy and move forward.
     
  6. Quit Worrying About Competition: Your writing should be remarkable and that kind of writing – the kind that hooks readers – simply cannot be born from sarcasm, envy, or a grudge. You have enough on your plate building your reputation and establishing trust with your readers. Don’t impede your progress connecting with your audience because you’re worrying about the “other guy.” In the field of writing, competition is not going away anytime soon. Yes, find ways to outsmart and conquer your competitors with great content. Carve out your own position in your niche by stretching your creative legs and lose that “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality.
     
  7. Practice Humility: It’s not uncommon to see a writer’s pride get in the way of creating something truly remarkable. You should be proud of your work, but obsessing about it can get out of hand when you don’t realize the damage you’re causing (your reputation, your peers, and your audience). Don’t settle into satisfaction. Push yourself to be better. Let others in by accepting criticism with grace, seeing opportunities to improve, trying new tactics recommended by others, and delegating tasks (if you can).

Concentrate on what’s best for your efforts and lends support to your values. I hope this advice will help you make better decisions toward a successful journey, rather than a regretful shortcut. You can do anything you set your mind to, so go out there and do it!


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davidinnotts writes:

A great list – and powerful advice.

Can I add one more, which has come up time and again? It’s to do with focus and prioritizing and time management:

8. CONCENTRATE ON WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU

This is usually expressed as putting your focus on what is important, and doing things in good time, so that the panic that comes when a job is urgent simply doesn’t happen. This needs us to prioritize tasks and and complete the ones that matter well before the deadline’s anywhere near. And large, complex tasks like planning and outlining an article series should be done a long way in advance and broken into smaller parts that are easier to complete.

It’s often shown as a quardant; I’ll try to do it here:

Q1 Q2
Important and unimportant but
urgent tasks urgent tasks

Q3 Q4
Important but unimportant and
not urgent tasks not urgent tasks

The idea is to organize your work so that you are in Q3, the bottom left quadrant. This way, you’ll avoid panics and be able to plan ahead easily. It’s worth a note that Q4 tasks can usually be dumped, and Q2 tasks almost always come either because someone else is pushing you, or because you’re not thinking things through! Either way, you should try to dump these, too, or get someone else to do them for you.

Anyone else got comments on this popular time-management device?

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davidinnotts writes:

The auto space trimmer has messed up my spacing! So here’s the quadrant diagram again:

Q1 ……………………………Q2
Important and ………………unimportant but
urgent tasks ………………..urgent tasks

Q3 ……………………………Q4
Important but ………………unimportant and
not urgent tasks ……………not urgent tasks

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Good technique that I read in a management book. The 4 quadrants can be formed by drawing a square and dividing it into 4 equal portions. Then the tasks can be listed into each quadrant based on the individual’s perceptions of priorities/importance and urgency to execute them. By focussing on those task that are both important and urgent, a. Person can save the precious time and energy without getting into the stress and tensions factors.

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David Croucher writes:

That’s it, Mohan. It’s in lots of books and probably on web pages and youtube too! And just as good an aid as advertized.

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Donna Goddard writes:

Excellent, helpful article!

Comment provided December 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

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Alan Okina writes:

Great tips. Thanks.

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Lance Winslow writes:

I very much enjoyed today’s blog post and couldn’t agree more with the suggestions and advice. Thank you.

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Matthew Morris writes:

Definitely points to consider.

Comment provided December 6, 2013 at 10:55 PM

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Gracious Store writes:

Thanks for these excellent we can use to improve our writing mindsets.

Comment provided December 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

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Priyadarshini Rajaram writes:

As a freelance writer looking to enhance creative writing skills, this is some of the best advice I’ve come across recently, thank you for the very useful tips.

Comment provided December 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM

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Shilpa Chhabra writes:

Great article. Thanks.

Comment provided December 16, 2013 at 4:46 AM

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Paul Dunn writes:

I find my focus is really tested these days with all the content available and distractions online. Being focused on a couple of good platforms have really become my solution for curving this information overload as everyone ventures into the online business and now marketing fields. Writing simply because everyone else is doing it is just not good enough anymore and I can only encourage anyone reading this article to really take on board the info and be clear of the end result you are after. I find that the biggest problem in bad content creation is the fact that most really can’t answer that question to begin with. “Can you clearly define what you want from your content creation?”

Comment provided December 16, 2013 at 6:58 AM

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Mike Andrews writes:

I think it good not to let one’s ultimate mission dominate to the point where the quality of the article could be ruined.

Comment provided December 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

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