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10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day

10 Incredible Things You Learn From Writing Every Day

The art of writing is my prevailing passion. Expressing the right words in your writing can make all the difference in the world. Choosing the best words can enhance rationality, pace, attraction, sensation and individual expression of your message. That is the reason behind my love for writing.

However, passion by itself won’t achieve results unless you put some extra effort to achieve it. So last year, I took a step forward to finally pursue my dream of writing. The first thing I learnt during following my passion, and would advise everyone to follow is establishing a habit of writing daily, as writing skills only come through a daily practice.

It wasn’t easy until I started to write things like this article daily, the one you’re reading now, and I am learning a new thing every day. There are many incredible things that you learn from writing every day. Here are some of the surprising general benefits of writing daily I’ve learned so far. I hope they will help in discovering your writing passion.

1. Passion is crucial

I think everyone is talented and capable of writing well in a unique fashion. The way that effective writers distinguish themselves is by finding passion in their work. They find writing like any other job or task. If you want to be a good writer and want to learn about writing, then you should hold yourself accountable for this job it has to become a priority in your life.

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2.  Writing something bad adds up to something greater

One of the biggest challenges a beginner writer faces is building confidence in themself and overcoming self-doubt of writing something wrong.  Being a writer, you must understand that nothing is ever perfect in the first stage.

If you want to learn about writing, ignore all those doubts in your head telling you to remove what you’ve written. Move on, ignore the hesitation and attempt to improve. Writing something, even if you know nothing about the topic. By keeping yourself determined, you will see exceptional results.

3.  A little bit each day drives success

Writing a little each day can help you in building your momentum of writing with an attitude of gratitude for the new prospects. If you want to be a good writer, you need to understand that writing is not something that comes with expertise. Rather—in my experience—it comes with experiencing things, paying close attention to details and perceiving activities, interactions, and then expressing them by writing it down.

You should be writing during gaps of your normal day, like writing for a few minutes after you wake up—before making breakfast, or writing during your lunch break. You can even put down some thoughts and observations at night that you noticed during the day. Writing a little everyday would improve your writing in a better way than writing a lot once a week.

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4. People might actually read your stuff

This is something that confuses me. I always think before sharing my newest pieces friends and family, but sharing with them to read what I write is mostly like pulling teeth.

Now-a-days sharing mediums like social media allows you to see how many “views” and “shares” each piece is getting. Don’t be surprised if your colleague or a friend comes up to you saying that they read your article.

5. People might never read your stuff

Always remember the truth that most people simply don’t care what you have to say or readers might never mention your article, or hit “like”, leave a comment, or share your article. However, if your writing is decent and consistent, you will soon find an audience. Keep writing and sharing, and there are chances that you might raise this primarily small audience into larger.

6. People might dislike what you write

This is pretty understandable; if you write something, there will be some people who will simply dislike your stories. But, don’t get disappointed because everybody has different taste in literature. You will need to read the mind of your audience, but this takes time. But after getting few bad reviews or negative comments, do not assume that everybody will dislike what you write. They will only hold you back. You will learn, and this will lead you to more successful writer. 

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7. Some people will dislike your writing style

This one is a little difficult to digest for a new writer. Sharing your writing out for people to see, critique, and criticize is frightening—a bad analysis or negative comment can lower your confidence. Don’t let it happen! Never let them hold you back from writing new things.

8. Selecting visuals in content is crucial

Nowadays modern readers love to see multimedia accompanying the content. Most popular online articles are consisting of videos, pictures or a GIF. Always remember to give credit to the original author of that graphic or picture if you can find one. It would be an embarrassing situation if one of your article readers the one who is the photographer of the picture you used without permission.

9. Read more

This factor is among the most important things that a writer must consider, because it directly influence your writing skills. To be a good writer, you must read every day and your reading should include everything—from horror to romance.

This is essential for your research as an artist. There are many resources available for reading, like free online e-books, and there are public libraries everywhere.

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10. You will start building momentum

It might take weeks, or years to achieve the mark. But ultimately, your writing will get momentum. Similar to every other skill, writing takes a lot of devotion and determination.

But at the end, the hard work and long hours at the computer will give you immense success.

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The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

“You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

What is the productivity paradox?

There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

He wrote in his conclusion:

“Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

How do we measure productivity anyway?

And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

Possible causes of the productivity paradox

Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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  • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
  • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
  • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
  • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

The paradox and the recession

The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

“Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

Looking forward

A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

“Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

“Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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