Dustin Wax shares some tips on how to write fast. Today, I struggled to write fast, and it cost me.
On a final exam in one of my political science courses, I got off to a slow start and allowed myself to be distracted a couple times trying to find the perfect way to phrase something, when a lesser but still correct way would have been just fine. Ultimately, I had to rush both essays towards the end, and they weren’t as comprehensive as I would have liked, even though I knew all the information I wanted to convey. In this instance, it cost me a few points on an exam.
Then, I spent longer than I should have writing a personal email. Again, I wanted to get everything just right. I don’t know why I feel this need….maybe it’s the perfectionist in me, or the people-pleaser, or what, I’m not sure. Anyway, in this case, it cost me some time.
I’ve always had difficulty writing fast – and when you add that to a tendency to procrastinate, you get real problems – so I’m grateful for Dustin’s advice. Check it out. Oh yeah, and read this on punctuality. If you ever struggle with time-management, this might really help you change your perspective and give you some motivation.
In fact, learning how to write more spontaneously, to develop that habit, was one of the reasons I started blogging. I think it’s working. But I’m obviously not there yet!
P.S. I wrote this in just under 10 minutes.