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“…a strength is something that makes you feel stronger. .”
In this video, Joshua Boswell details the importance of a daily writing routine and the exact micro-step plan for doing your very best writing every single day.
The following three points allow this outcome to be a reality:
- Optimizing health
- A winning mindset
- High-productivity hacks.
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How do you create the perfect daily writing routine? What’s the exact micro-step plan for doing your very best writing every day?
My students ask me this question all the time. The fact is… If you’re not writing at your best level, you’re losing money. And you’re losing time.
Bad copy consistently could mean fewer clients as well as less commissions because your copy won’t perform well.
Either way, it’s important you’re consistently writing your best.
So how do you do that?
“Should I start off my day writing in my journal?”
“Should I start a perfect article?”
“What’s the best order for doing things?”
“Should I tackle the biggest projects first?”
Today I’m going to help you get some answers.
Now… the truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan for a perfect writing routine.
We all have different personality traits, habits, and schedules. What works best for me isn’t necessarily what’s going to work best for you.
But today, I want to help you build the perfect plan for YOU. I’ll teach you exactly how you can develop a routine that will get you into the zone every time.
First, I’ll get personal with you and give you the details of my morning routine. This isn’t necessarily what you should do… but it’s what I do to get into the flow.
After I tell you what my routine is, I’ll let you in on the process you can follow to create your own routine.
Like most expert writers I know, I’m an early riser. I get up each morning around 5:00… sometimes earlier. The first thing I do after I wake up is walk down stairs into the kitchen to get my Athletic Greens.
I mix them up into a glass of water and slug that thing down. (As a side note… Athletic Greens is an incredible daily supplement.)
Then I get down on the floor in my office and I stretch out my whole body.
You’ll notice that right off the bat, I’m moving my body. I’m active.
This is super important. When you’re active early in the morning, you turn on all the systems of your body. Your heart rate goes up, your oxygen levels increase… and you get limbered up for the day.
If you sit and are sedentary for too long your muscles start to cramp up and deteriorate, which always leads to aches and pains. Those aches and pains then detract from your mental ability to be able to write to your optimum levels.
So I stretch out for about 15 minutes.
This is the perfect start for my day.
As I’m doing my stretch routine, I listen to great talks on growth and spirituality.
You may or may not know this, but I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every six months there’s a world-wide conference for two days including speakers from church leaders around the world. Those talks are what I listen to.
This is one of my ways of learning from incredible thinkers and successful people who I aspire to be like.
Next I have a routine of praying and studying the scriptures. Very important to me personally.
I plan out my day using a time blocking system, and then finally… I start to write.
The first thing that I write is a journal entry.
Why journaling? Because I want to free-flow my thoughts with nothing in the way. It’s just me and a blank paper.
I’m practicing just being myself with my words. I take my thoughts and feelings… and I spew them out into my journal. Grammar and spelling are low priority.
A huge characteristic of successful copywriters is being able to communicate deep emotions and powerful thoughts. Turn those invisible things into words. That’s what I’m doing here.
After journaling, I’ll take a look at the projects for the day and choose whatever the smallest one is. I’m looking for a quick win that will give me some momentum.
I choose one of those and crank it out. And all these things happen between the time I wake up and 8:00 AM.
Alright… Let me pause right here…
Time limits are absolutely essential for optimizing your brain. When you need to get things done, and crank out your best writing, set a timer.
Just do it… I’m telling you, it will 10x your ability to write quickly and effectively at a high level.
That being said, there are also times in your life where you need NO time limits. There are times where I’ll just go and walk and there’s no schedule.
You need both. Both are super important.
Back to my routine.
By 10:00 AM, I’m done with my workout and shower and I’m ready to get to the big stuff… the heavy lifting for the day.
I might be putting together a presentation, writing a sales letter, doing meetings… but I know I have a window of time from 10:00 AM till noon where my total focus is on creation. I’m writing, producing, creating with all the intensity I can.
During this high intensity work time, it’s super important for me to get stuff done… fast. I don’t really like working long, long hours all day every week. (do you?!)
If I’m slogging away for days and days on a writing project, I start to feel like I’m missing my life.
So it’s really important for me to be highly productive.
Let me share what works for me.
A couple of years ago, I invested in a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones.
These guys rock! I can put them on, turn on one of my writing playlists, and I can just jam. No distractions, no interruptions.
I always work in 30-45 minute blocks.
My standing desk has a built-in timer that will raise or lower after a certain time period. So when I’m done with a writing time block, an alarm goes off and I stand up.
I’m constantly moving and maintaining my energy flow during my work.
By three or four o’clock, I’ve usually accomplished everything I need to do for the day, and I can go reward myself.
I’ll go play with the kids, kiss my wife Margie or make some food… maybe take the family to the beach. All things that fill me up and keep my creative spark alive.
Bedtime is typically early, too, so that I can maintain great energy throughout the day.
And that’s my routine. That’s how I can really flow and produce amazing content every single day.
Creating Your Personal Success Routine
So now… how can you create your own version?
What steps do you need to follow to create a high-leverage routine that really gets you into your flow?
Years ago I read a book called “Now Discover Your Strengths.” It gives the idea that a strength isn’t necessarily something you’re good at…
…a strength is something that makes you feel stronger.
Let me give you an example. A strength of mine is personal interaction. The more people I’m with… the longer I can go. I love being with people! It fuels me.
On the other hand, my great friend Bob Bly goes to an event or a big speaking gig, and it wipes him out. He doesn’t need that kind of personal interaction to be totally energized and laser-focused.
We’re all different. We all need to do different things to perform at the highest level.
When you go to create your routine, look for a rhythm in your schedule that produces power. Something that makes you feel stronger.
At the end of the day, you don’t want to feel burned out. I don’t mean just that you shouldn’t feel tired. You should feel tired. Working hard takes energy. That’s just a fact.
I do mean you shouldn’t feel so depleted, exhausted, or drained that your joy for life is slipping through your fingers. No way!
Look for things that you can add to your daily routine that will increase your energy.
Don’t look for something that’s “easy.” Nope… “easy” was never an indication of “right.”
Don’t look for things that are effortless and give you zero resistance.
Look for activities or patterns that are engaging, demanding… things that make you feel stronger as you accomplish them.
For me, when I get my headphones on, my music playing, I put my fingers on my keyboard, and have a topic to write about, I can jam.
I’ll just write for 30-45 minutes, and when my alarm goes off I won’t even believe that the time has passed so quickly.
My challenge to you is to find your jam. Find what things you can do that will give you energy.
Get rid of things that feel like they’re sucking out all of your brain cells and focus on your strengths… the things that make you feel stronger.
When you find those activities and patterns that give you energy… when you really nail your daily writing routine… you’ll be amazed.
You’ll be able to be more productive, have more fun with your writing, and have more enjoyment for life.