Writing takes a lot of focus. If you’re tired, sick, or otherwise distracted you might have trouble staying on task with your writing.
However, there are many low intensity tasks that you can do to help your freelance writing business even if you don’t really feel much like writing.
Provided you’re not staring an immediate deadline in the face, here are 10 tasks you can perform when you don’t really want to write. All of these tasks require less focus than writing, but all of them will help your freelance writing business.
- Participate in social media. Too much social media can keep you away from your work, but every freelance writer should participate a little. Even if you don’t feel like writing, it doesn’t take a lot of focus to thank someone who has retweeted one of your posts, or to share a post or article that you like.
- Clean out your email. When was the last time that you really went through you email? If your account is like mine, you probably have emails from clients that need to be filed, automatic messages that need to be deleted, and notices for events that are past.
- File the papers on your desk. Too much of a mess can really slow you down. It can also affect your morale. Organizing your office is a great task to perform when you don’t feel much like writing.
- Think of as many headlines as you can in fifteen minutes. Make a game out of this and it won’t seem like work. Write down even your stupid idea. Save the file–you may be able to use it later.
- Answer comments on your blog. Pick out the ones that are straightforward, not the ones that upset you. Let your readers know that you are a real person.
- Delete spam. Spam comments accumulate on your blog and spam emails can find their way into your email inbox. Delete them all.
- Update your profile picture. You know that you have a better photo of yourself than the one displayed in your profile. Updating your bio and social media profile pictures is a great task to do when you don’t feel like writing.
- Read a book (about writing). You may not feel like writing yourself, but you can still learn. Curl up with that unread how-to book and improve your writing skills.
- Read your favorite blog. If you’re feeling really social, leave a comment. Reading a post or two won’t take much time and leaving a comment will help you connect.
- Listen to a tape or watch a video. There are many free writing resources on the Internet (or if you are like me, you may have purchased some materials and not used them). Listening or watching requires even less effort than reading.
I try to schedule my “heavy” writing tasks during the time of day when I feel that I am naturally more focused and energetic. I perform my more routine tasks at other times.
What tasks do you do when you just don’t feel like writing?