The first step was to put a clock on your desktop.
Another step was to reserve only a limited amount of time ?- the time-box -- for writing the article and decrease this "box" for each article, until you have reached an acceptable time-quality ratio.
If you have only a certain amount of time for anything in life you will get to the point easily. At least you will have to learn to get to the point.
But then there is the problem that you might forget to mention something that was worthwhile expressing. And that is not meant to be like that. The things that you forget shouldn't be critical.
For example I didn't mention in the previous article that you need to reserve and plan each time frame. The last five minutes should be reserved for either making the last changes or for the (proof) reading of the written text, before finally submitting the article to the assembly line of articles.
Than there are the errors. The clock on your desk could be such an error. If you write for Internet you are behind you computer and
I'm probably not the only one observing a clock at the screen.
Another activity you might not want to fit into this hour (if that is your timeframe) that is to be dedicated to writing an article is the search activity. Searching for information to write about, what topic to address and (re)searching about what already has been written about the topic.
These activities shouldn't be part of the time-box. Take your time for research; limit your time for writing.
2006 Hans Bool
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