Cut your writing time in half

Do you want to write high quality material quickly and easily? Here’s how to do it.

1. Plan before you write

A good plan will save you hours of writing time. Use headings and dot points to create a skeleton for your article. In your planning document, list the key sections you want to include in your article. Then use dot points to list the points you’ll make in each section. For example:

Set goals to save time

  • Definition of a goal
  • Why goals save time
  • SMART formula for goal setting

2. Sort as you read

Sorting your material as you research saves time. Many people gather information on a single topic at time. This means they revisit the same source materials several times. You can be smarter than this. As you research, work with your planning document open. Each time you spot something relevant –no matter which part of your article it relates to – copy it immediately. Paste your material into the relevant section of your plan. This builds your source content quickly and efficiently.

3. Make it yours

Once you’ve gathered your source material, it’s time to start writing. This means integrating and re-wording your source material. The end result is a document which is ‘yours’ rather than plagiarised. For example here are two pieces of source material. The main points the writer wants to take from each are in red.

  1. A goal is a desired result an animal or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve—a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavour to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines (sourced from Wikepedia)
  2. A goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe (sourced from

To write your own definition of a goal, express the highlighted points in your own words. For example:

A goal describes the outcome you want to create. It depicts that outcome in concrete terms. It also states how long you’ll take to produce a result.

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