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Writer & content strategist

My name is Aja Frost, and by day I'm a student at Cal Poly SLO. By night, I'm a freelance writer.

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  • How do you stay productive?

    I have trouble staying focused and productive when writing articles. I get distracted very easily and just generally feel tired after I've written one short article. How do you stay motivated and productive?

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    Oof, I feel you. Writing an article is a mental workout. If I'm struggling to tackle a piece (or any task, really), I try to remember how good I'll feel when it's done. Usually that's enough to get me going.

    Also, sometimes I'll plan out rewards for myself. For instance, when I finished my ebook (shameless plug: https://www.amazon.com/Start-Freelance-Writing-Career-Scratch-ebook/dp/B01FX5C1V2), then I treated myself to a nice dinner and a movie.

    (In case you were wondering, I saw Neighbors 2. Zac Efron was lovely, but everything else fell flat. Would not recommend.)

    You might try rewarding yourself after every three articles—that's not too unattainable, but it's a quick enough achievement that you won't feel like your reward is out of reach!