I used to think that the more time and effort you put into an article or piece of content, the better it would be.
This concept becomes deadly when combined with unyielding perfectionism (as in my case).
I came to understand how limited and harmful this thinking is after working as a freelance writer for thousands of hours.
You can burn out every few weeks or months as a result of it because it might sap your energy and waste your sharpest mental hours.
When I received my first semi-viral essay on Medium, this assumption was proven false.
I was trying to produce shorter pieces, and it took me exactly an hour to write, edit, and publish that one.
Although I didn’t believe it was an excellent piece, I chose to post it nevertheless to be thorough.
Not only was it welcomed, but it also attracted a lot of attention.
Even though I posted it months ago, it continues to receive daily or weekly comments and highlights.
That piece of writing would have likely been trashed by me because I didn’t “put enough effort into it,” but instead, it was getting compliments on how helpful it was.
Then I questioned, “Is the real purpose of writing for me to spend hours reading every paragraph 50 times, or is the purpose of writing to be useful?”
To write more and assist more people, I started to tenaciously battle my perfectionism behaviours.
For this reason, we’ll talk about how you can complete the full article-writing process—from brainstorming to publishing—in just one hour.
Let’s get going.
Write some free verse first (25 Minutes)
Not much else needs to be said.
Start writing after setting a timer for 25 minutes (you can start with more and cut it down from there).
At first, it was simpler to record any thought without passing judgement on it (nor the view itself, nor the way it was written, nor the grammar).
I basically made an effort to swiftly scribble down as many thoughts as I could.
And I have to admit that it helped me much with my perfectionism.
It was initially a required exercise, but you might not be in the same frame of mind as I was, so it would be best if you could begin with an outline.
I salute you.
However, I think it’s important to note that this was a difficult procedure that took time to complete.
On the first day, I didn’t begin producing one-hour pieces.
It took me more than a few weeks, but it was and still is worth it in the end.
The second step is editing (20 Minutes)
What are their opinions?
“Write fearlessly and ruthlessly edit.”
You should allow yourself less time to edit because of this as well.
Perfectionism is all too easy to fall back into, and the more time you give yourself, the longer you put up with this behaviour.
Parkinson’s Law is based on the idea that “work expands to fill the time available for completion.”
I gave myself 40 minutes to start, then progressively cut it to 15 to 20 minutes.
I understood that it was enough time to revise a different piece.
This is, of course, just an average number.
If I’m writing a lengthy, in-depth post that requires additional research and data checking, it will take longer.
The key is that I consistently try to block off a certain period of time, which is effective.
I could add that you should use your phone when editing.
It might work for someone even though I have no idea what it is or whether it will work for anyone at all.
When I edited from my phone, I found that I could almost read and skim the piece more quickly, highlighting the missing content and the sections that needed to be trimmed more visibly.
I have to disable all notifications before I can finish, otherwise I’ll spend the next 20 seconds on Instagram.
Third step: publication (10 Minutes)
You’re nearly done.
This is the step of the process that is the easiest.
Review the piece, skim it, add any necessary photographs, links, or other content, and then click “submit to publication,” “publish on my profile,” or “send to client.”
No matter what it is.
Say it out loud and really mean it: you did a great job.
Take a break, prepare some hot tea, coffee, or your favourite beverage, and unwind.
Permit your thoughts to stray and your focus to change from the subject you just wrote about.
20 to 30 minutes should be enough for a break.