How to Write Faster: 12 Fantastic Productivity Hacks #Infographic

When I share that I once wrote 42 blog posts in a single day, and that I’ve published over 1,000 posts on my own blogs… I often get “that look.”

You know, the incredulous “are you actually an alien from outer space, masquerading as a human?” one…

Well, I’ll admit that I personally hope we aren’t alone in the universe and I’d love to meet other life forms one day, but to the very best of my awareness, I’m 100% human.

But I do use some unusual approaches to my writing that allow me to get more content completed and published than most bloggers.  In the infographic below, #1, #2, and #6 are my favorites.

Check it out – and try these – they’ll all help you write faster and get more productive:

Infographic Source: Visualistan &

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P.S.  Another way to hit “publish” faster?  Share valuable content like this infographic.  I timed myself.  This post took 9 minutes to complete including featured image, keywords, tags, categories, and brainstorming a headline (using HookLine Dynamic, of course!).

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  1. Great advice Michelle :) I’ve published over 1800 posts :D and although I haven’t written that many posts in one day, I did do the Ultimate Blog Challenge on tow blogs at the same time. (Not trying that again anytime soon)

    Writing isn’t what takes the longest for me. The setup and preparing images take longer.
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    1. That’s awesome! And yes, you’ve got the consistency thing down.

      Two blogs at once for that Challenge is an accomplishment!

      Images can be time consuming if you create them yourself – I’ve found that creating a system and templates helps a lot.
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  2. Love the imagery, Michelle, and especially like “Rescue Lousy Drafts.” I have many! I still remember when you wrote those 42 posts in a single day, and read how you did it. Amazes me as it takes me about two hours to write a good blog post. Granted my posts are usually anywhere from 800 to 1,000 words. And as Linda said…finding the right images absorb a lot of time.

    Thanks for being a blogging inspiration to many.

    1. If I’m writing a longer, cornerstone type post, definitely takes me a couple of hours. I vary the type of content I publish a lot.

      As far as images, I used to spend FOREVER looking for the perfect one. I actually forced myself to set a timer for 10 minutes with the intention that I was not allowing myself any longer than that. It worked. I narrowed down the number of sites I search (I only look at Pixabay and Pexels now, occasionally Unsplash).

      And for infographics, because I check in on Pinterest 4-5 days a week, I always have pinned things I can share in a blog post – takes only a couple of minutes to scan through recent pins and find something good. Like this one. :)
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  3. Good examples….thanks for sharing! I think the hardest thing for me is coming up with topics. I try to wait for inspiration to hit (by allowing time for percolation). Maybe I need to start sharing more content, as you suggest.

    1. Sharing content can be a great way to publish things consistently that will help your audience.

      If you haven’t yet, try doing an Empathy Map (just search for that phrase on YouTube). You’ll come up with endless ideas of what to write about that your readers will love.
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  4. I love Henneke!! Ernest Hemingway used to advocate a version of #9. He’d always stop writing at a point where he knew what was coming next. That way he’d sit down the next time and be able to get started, which is always the hardest part for a writer.
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  5. Great tips and graphics!

  6. #5 is my fave. I work best in spurts. Great tips and so perfect for bloggers who are working to produce more content. Thank you!

  7. Michelle, I love this infographic. I am going to have to try writing when groggy. I’m not a morning person and it never occurred to me that the morning might be a better time to write LOL

    Is it me or should TK be TC?

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  8. Hi, Michelle.
    I like Henneke’s work. She has a free writing course. It helps tighten up writing.
    Of your 45 posts, how many were long form posts vs short posts like this one?
    I once put together 30 days of emails for a challenge but I don’t recommend it. ^_^
    Do you have a daily writing habit?
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  9. I love this fun infographic! #1 – Write when groggy? I wouldn’t have guessed that I could be more creative at that time! #8 – Avoiding rabbit holes is also great. I’m now going to give myself permission to “TK.”

  10. Love this Michelle. It helps re-commit to planning and then sticking to the plan to write, give fabulous value and increase traffic to my Blog.

  11. Hi Michelle
    thanks for the tips.
    I think it took me as long to read your post as it did for you to write it.
    I’m doing #blogboost again this month and spend about 4 – 8 hours a day to get a post ready. I spend a lot of time selecting from my photos from a place I have visited, then verifying the facts of what I a writing. Also editing the photos and resizing for a reasonable load time.
    Rabbit holes, I have a massive warren.
    Blog on!

  12. Very nice inforgraphic that you’ve posted Michelle! I have saved your infographic for my future reference because it’s very informative in regards to productivity hacks. Thanks for sharing this!

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