Probably, asking a writer to write faster would be as effective as asking a painter to paint faster or asking a musician to compose the music faster. How many times have you set a certain time limit to work on another paper or any other piece of writing but failed to finish promptly? Definitely, it turns out to be quite challenging to complete your work right on time when it requires not just copying the text, paragraph by paragraph, from more or less reliable sources, but creating your own and absolutely new one.
What would you generally need for the latter? Here is the approximate recipe:
- enough amount of inspiration to generate ideas which could provide smoothness for your writing process and hence make it less stressful for you;
- some knowledge of the main subject of your writing and a few really helpful sources to use them as the basis for your own ideas and arguments (and at least some time to study these sources);
- a pinch of understanding of what on earth you are doing and why you need it all;
- your own wish to learn more about the issue you are working on and to express your personal opinion on it.
So, we have the ingredients, but their availability can produce real results only under the condition that you have enough time for the paper you have or need to craft. The quality of your writing will also depend on how thoughtfully and attentively you are working. Still, what should you do when you know for sure that you cannot afford to spend more than, let us say, three of four hours on doing your task? Let us make it all out!
Advice #1: Break Your Assignment into Several Parts
Usually we set the particular deadline for doing the whole assignment. That is why it gets more and more difficult to finish your paper as you find yourself running out of time. In order to improve such situation, you should first decide how you are going to do your work and decide on a clear sequence of your actions. Then you should determine the time you would spend on completing each part of your task. In case you finish something faster, you can either have some rest or proceed with your writing, therefore starting to work on the next part earlier.
Advice #2: Do a Little Groundwork in Advance
It means that you should search for some materials or sources, which you plan to base your paper on, before the Day X, when you would sit down at your table to begin writing. If you know that you still have enough time, then you can study and analyze the information better and even make some notes regarding what you have found out and what ideas you have on it. These notes will be very helpful on your Day X.
Advice #3: Take Counsel with Other People
Two or even more heads are definitely better than one. So, if you have doubts about your style or you do not know how to continue what you have already begun, you should consult trustworthy people, who could help you and give you some advice. A fresh pair of eyes will stand you in a good stead when you feel puzzled about your work.
Advice #4: Eliminate All Possible Distracting Factors While Writing
Checking your messages once in while can take a lot of time actually. The lack of light and mess on your table may make you feel somewhat uncomfortable. So, before writing, you should make sure, there is nothing that could distract your attention from your work.
Advice #5: Try to Find Your Most Comfortable Time of the Day
If you plan to spend about four hours on doing your assignment, then decide on when it is easier for you to work: in the morning, or in the evening, or, maybe, even at night. It is essential to know when your brain can provide you with the highest productivity, so that you could complete your paper as soon as you want.
So, you can see that it is possible to manage your time effectively when you realize what exactly you need it for and concentrate more on writing your paper than on other, though probably more pleasant, things. Still, you should remember that if you want to be ready with your assignment on time, you should complete and, of course, proofread it before you can hear the breath of the deadline behind you. Despite the fact that procrastination is a natural thing for a normal human being, it deserves no excuses when its consequences are really discouraging.
The conclusion is that you should brace yourself and just do it. The earlier you start, the earlier you finish, but still you should not constantly glance at the clock. Focus on what you do and not on the number of minutes you have for it.