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5 Motivational Tracking Tools for Writers

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 Working in the field of freelance writing as an article writer can become a rewarding career opportunity. However, it takes diligence, creativity and an innate motivation to succeed. Staying motivated during this process can be one of the most difficult factors to overcome. This article will discuss 5 motivational tracking apps for writers.

See also: Top 5 TED Talks on Motivation  

1. Gmail Calendar

The Gmail Calendar feature through Google can help you stay accountable to your writing schedule. You can set daily reminders regarding hours to work and various deadlines. This tool is especially important for writers who find it difficult to stay motivated to write articles. You can utilize the online calendar tool by making a specific schedule for when you plan to sit down to write. As you continue to stick to your schedule, you will create more articles and earn more money. Figure out the general time for how long it takes you to write an article (including research time), whether it’s one or two hours or less. Schedule that amount of time, per article on your calendar.

2. Goal Buddy

The Goal Buddy online tracking tool can help writers to stay motivated and accountable while writing articles. This online tool is free for users and writers can utilize the software to set clear goals and establish their vision for completing freelance projects. Goals can be managed and tracked by using the user-friendly tracking tool. Writers can complete their goals faster by setting, tracking and achieving goals while using a free service like Goal Buddy.

3. Self-Control App

The Self-Control App can be utilized by writers to block their access to distracting websites while they work to complete writing projects. The Internet can be a two-edged sword. It is a great tool for doing research, networking with others and finding more freelance writing work. However, it can also become a distraction by making you lose focus on writing articles because you’re too curious about scrolling through your social media newsfeeds. If you’re disciplined enough, you don’t need to take any drastic measures. For those who are finding too many distractions, it may be time to use an online tool like the Self-Control App to eliminate all distractions and stay focused on your writing.

4. Habit Streak

Habit Streak is another tracking tool that can help writers in improving their writing habits. Most experts agree that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. The basic premise behind Habit Streak is that users can complete daily tasks in order to cultivate productive habits. Writers can utilize this tool to stay motivated and form effective writing habits. Users track their daily progress and when consecutive progress is made, a chain link is formed. This imagery is supposed to motivate the user to continue to be motivated to succeed so that the chain of success is not broken.

5. PomLife Lite App

The PomLife Lite App PomLife Lite app is available on Android devices and utilizes the Pomodoro Technique, which is a time management method that was devised by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. The basic idea behind the app is to utilize the theory of the Pomodoro Technique to encourage increased productivity. The theory is that working in 25 minute intervals and then taking a break increases efficiency. Users can set the following factors to gain the most from the app: Pomodoro time, short break time, long break time and break ratio. Additionally, there is a to do list and activity list feature on the app.

You are the only one who can catapult your career to higher levels due to your motivation to succeed no matter what obstacles come your way. So many people want to become writers, but not all succeed because they don’t stay motivated to work at further developing their craft. As Gerald Brenan said, “It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateur.” Article writing can be fun and rewarding, but it takes hard work. If you’re an article writer, what steps have you taken to keep yourself motivated to continue writing and pursuing a career as a writer?

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