For writers, being more productive happens with experience. The more work you do, the faster you can do it with the same, or even higher, levels of quality. I've been writing a piece/a post/an article every single weekday for the past 7 months. What I've been noticing over the past month or so is that it's taking me less time to do the same amount and quality of work.
Of course, this is good news. It means I get to take on more work, if I want, or else choose to have more free time. My confidence is also boosted with my productivity. My first drafts are in better shape, much closer to where I want the final product to be. This means that my second and third drafts get done faster and result in higher increments of quality in less time.
When you get paid the same amount of money per article, and become more efficient, it also boosts your revenues and marketability. I've noticed in the last month that I've never had so many requests or inquiries for writing services. This is good news too, and even better because my increasing productivity allows me to take on more work if I wish. Efficiency quite naturally expands your bandwith and revenues because it allows you to do more without draining more of your time.
Of course, when quality is of the essence, as it sometimes is, as when I'm really enjoying the work of writing about something close to me (motivation, leadership, employee engagement, creativity, etc.) I take extra care to cross the t's and dot the i's. I don't really believe there's an inherent trade-off between quality and quantity. Successful writers can, and must, have both quality and quantity.
Having a process that works for you is so important. When I follow my process, I know that the result will be quality -- and efficiency too. Writers, then, are like all other workers: the more work you do, the better you get at doing it.
Have you gotten more efficient/productive, and to what do you attribute this to? Please share your thoughts in the comments below (if you want) . . . .