One impressive way of kickstarting your productivity and improving the quality of your focus is freewriting. More importantly, freewriting has a myriad of other benefits that will enhance the quality of your life, like improving mood, finding unexpected solutions to issues that have been bothering you for a while, and simply having a more creative approach to life. Let’s go into it, shall we?
So what do I write?
It’s called freewriting, the act of unleashing whatever’s on your mind, without focusing on content, structure, syntax, anything — just write what comes to mind. And, fair enough, you may be asking “well, how on earth would that make me more productive?”, we’re glad to say that there’s quite a body of research on freewriting and its effects on the human mind.
What are the benefits?
- Have a better understanding of the situation.
It is essential to underline the fact that we very often don’t really know what we’re going to do in a day at work. Of course, we may have a general idea about it, it’s not that we’re oblivious to our own work. However, we rarely have it all planned. Planning is a great way to increase your productivity considerably.
Writing is a way to reflect on your issues, which allows you to efficiently categorize them and place them in an intelligible hierarchy, based on urgency and importance.
It is also essential to stress that by simply having the ideas in our head doesn’t mean that we have them processed and structured, which implies that by writing down whatever’s on your mind, you will have a better understanding of your surroundings and act correspondingly.
- Brainstorm like never before.
Our brains are very odd and complicated, especially when we examine the way they come up with brilliant ideas. A few years ago, the news broke out — people get their best ideas while they’re in the shower. Despite sounding bizarre, vast numbers of people identified with the finding. Others wouldn’t agree on the shower part but would find that brilliant ideas would come when they’re not engaged in thought, like the elevator.
However, the idea isn’t that in order to find a solution to a complex idea you need to just disconnect from thought completely. When focusing on a problem for long enough, analyzing all the ins and outs, all the possible solutions to it, and only then going by your day and letting your mind roam, our brains seem to come up with regular “Eurekas”.
Engaging in freewriting early in the morning is exactly that process of focused analysis of your professional or personal problems.
Your subconscious is a crazy machine that focuses on merging concepts and coming up with new ideas, by making what we would often consider very unexpected connections.
- Managing mood.
It is very often the case that we aren’t productive because there’s something bugging us. Our mind is constantly distracted by a particular issue we’re facing, which creates a vicious cycle:
- We’re stressing about an issue unrelated to work
- We fail to get our work done
- We stress about not getting our job done
- Rewind and repeat
What freewriting brings to the table is the therapeutic element of sharing your problems and finding solutions to them while you’re at it.
How do I start?
There is a broad spectrum of things you can start writing about, and it’s not imperative that you start freewriting about a complex issue. You can always ease your way into it by writing around 1000 words in the morning on the problems or problems that bother you. Remember, even if you write about minute stuff, you’re opening your brain up to enhanced productivity.
Here are a few topics that might get you started:
- Write a diary entry of all that you did yesterday
- Grant yourself three wishes and describe what you will do as each is fulfilled
- Assume you have won the lottery. What will you do with all that money?
- Assume you woke up the opposite sex. How will your life change?
- Write a letter to your Senator or the president and express your views on some issues that are important to you
Don’t forget that when it comes to freewriting, there is no real right or wrong way to approach it. You don’t have to write ‘well,’ it not what you’re aiming at. Just go with the flow, let your mind unload whatever it has to say.
Once you feel comfortable writing about minute issues, you can always move into more complicated territory. Look into the issues that revolve around your professional responsibilities, analyze the problems that are slowing you down, anything. It’s like a form of communication with your own self, playing a constant game of ping-pong with your best and worst ideas.
Our lives are becoming increasingly demanding from a professional and an intellectual viewpoint, so it’s natural that we might need some help to sort some issues out.
Freewriting is a great way to get a better understanding of your personal and work-related issues, finding creative solutions to complex problems, and speaking about your issues, which has a significant effect on your mood. Freewriting has a fantastic potential for amplifying your productivity, and we strongly recommend you look into it.