Any Tricks to help me stay awake while writing articles?

by kea55
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Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
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  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    Take a 30 minute nap after each sentence
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    • Profile picture of the author Charrosh
      Originally Posted by oneplusone View Post

      Take a 30 minute nap after each sentence
      LOL!!! I like this recommendation! It will be one long article! I usually like start writing in the morning when I'm fresh and after I've had a couple cups of coffee! All the best!
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    Outsource it
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    • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
      Exercise. Healthy eating.

      (I'm sure someone is bound to recommend those Monster energy drinks...I know someone who had a very bad experience with them attempting to pull an all nighter for a test. I'd recommend you stay away from them...or no more than 1 or 2 a week if you must have them...)
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      • Profile picture of the author petevamp
        Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

        Exercise. Healthy eating.

        (I'm sure someone is bound to recommend those Monster energy drinks...I know someone who had a very bad experience with them attempting to pull an all nighter for a test. I'd recommend you stay away from them...or no more than 1 or 2 a week if you must have them...)
        Whats wrong with Monster Energy drinks. I used to drink them like water and I am not talking about the little cans neither. One of my favs was the BFC Mosters and I drank upwards of 3-4 of those a day.

        Any how my advice to the op would be to do most of your writing when you first wake up. If you have a lap top you can also simply grab that out pop on your favorite chair while watching some tv. I personally do not like to watch tv my self while working but I do it at times just so I can stay up a bit longer to get a little more work done.

        You might also try taking a hot shower right before you start doing any writing. For the hot water releases endorphins which will keep you up for at least a couple of hours afterwords.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulie888
          Originally Posted by petevamp View Post

          Whats wrong with Monster Energy drinks. I used to drink them like water and I am not talking about the little cans neither. One of my favs was the BFC Mosters and I drank upwards of 3-4 of those a day.

          Any how my advice to the op would be to do most of your writing when you first wake up. If you have a lap top you can also simply grab that out pop on your favorite chair while watching some tv. I personally do not like to watch tv my self while working but I do it at times just so I can stay up a bit longer to get a little more work done.

          You might also try taking a hot shower right before you start doing any writing. For the hot water releases endorphins which will keep you up for at least a couple of hours afterwords.
          While Monster may give you that great jolt of energy initially, it'll set you up for an awful crash later on. It's not a question whether it'll happen, it's just a question of when it'll happen. Also, it may not be a good idea to drink more than 3 of those giant Monsters a day, because all sorts of adverse side effects can occur. I believe that it even says on the can that you should not under any circumstances drink more than 2 in a day.

          Taurine, which is found in large quantities in many energy drinks including Red Bull and Monster, can contribute to kidney failure in large quantities, and it has been shown by the medical community to have an adverse effect on people with poorly functioning kidneys. So, I'd hold off on overdosing on those large Monster cans if I were you.

          Getting back to the topic on hand, I find that audio entrainment works really well. I'm sure Brad Gosse won't mind me mentioning this, he has this excellent free audio somewhere on this forum that really helps with focus, and you'll find it much easier to tune out distractions or sleepiness with it playing. A great massive audio entrainment package for various productivity tasks (focus, creativity, rest, energy, etc.) is offered as a WSO by fellow warrior Alexandre Valois, and I use that quite often as well.

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        Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

        Exercise. Healthy eating.

        (I'm sure someone is bound to recommend those Monster energy drinks...I know someone who had a very bad experience with them attempting to pull an all nighter for a test. I'd recommend you stay away from them...or no more than 1 or 2 a week if you must have them...)
        Energy drinks are known to thicken the blood after about two hours - many strokes have been caused by this.
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    A few hits of speed or a few lines of coke would probably help you out LOL J/K! Honestly, are you getting enough sleep at night or are you staying up all night? The other thing might be is that a few years back I was falling asleep all the time. I went to the doctor and it turned out I had sleep apnea. After I got my CPAP machine, I am able to stay awake during the day. You might want to go get checked out.
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  • Profile picture of the author rammonster
    Yea i very recently started writing articles... And start feeling sleepy after i write 5-6 articles...The best time to write articles is in the morning (personally).
    I wake up, brush my teeth, Take a hot shower and grab my laptop and start typing. i can churn out upto 5 articles in like 2 hours.

    good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelParsons
    Use a speech-to-text translator like Dragon or the Windows Speech Recognition.

    We love the sounds of our own voices, and you can get up from the keyboard and pace a bit while talking instead of staring at the keyboard for an hour.

    Plus Text-to-Speech is faster than typing.
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    • Profile picture of the author tamarindcandy
      Not so sure about that, I've always felt silly while doing what's essentially talking to myself. Or at the PC. How about loading up on caffeine beforehand? If you're susceptible to it, it can make you quite jumpy and energetic, enough that you won't doze off. The content of your articles can turn out a bit incoherent, but that's what proofreading is for.
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    • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
      Originally Posted by MichaelParsons View Post

      Use a speech-to-text translator like Dragon or the Windows Speech Recognition.

      We love the sounds of our own voices, and you can get up from the keyboard and pace a bit while talking instead of staring at the keyboard for an hour.

      Plus Text-to-Speech is faster than typing.

      I agree. These methods/systems are very helpful. Don't overlook the benefits of sleep and a healthy diet. Stay away from pop and junk food.
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  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    The reality is, you would stay awake if you were really interested in your work. If you were excited about your product and IM in general you probably would not need energy drinks or anything else--you would be a dynamo. Time to re-access what you really want to do with your time?
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  • Profile picture of the author johnyeo90
    Maybe a cup of coffee plus a cold Coke after that? =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Margy0110
    I know exactly how you feel! I highly recommend drinking lots of fluids (water, tea, the healthy stuff we don't usually think of). Anything caffeinated (soda, coffee) will cause you to eventually crash and be more tired than before. Most sugary juices can also keep you awake as they contain easy to absorb sugar but no caffeine.
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    • Profile picture of the author tamarindcandy
      Originally Posted by Margy0110 View Post

      I know exactly how you feel! I highly recommend drinking lots of fluids (water, tea, the healthy stuff we don't usually think of). Anything caffeinated (soda, coffee) will cause you to eventually crash and be more tired than before. Most sugary juices can also keep you awake as they contain easy to absorb sugar but no caffeine.
      Well sure, let's hope he's not diabetic then. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author zigato
    If writing isn't your thing, have you considered outsourcing it?
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    PRIVATE! I DON'T THINK YOU'RE MOTIVATED.

    PUSH-UP's, GO.

    You can stop when I get tired.
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  • Profile picture of the author matt5409
    erm, two obvious suggestions...

    * write about something that interests you
    * read up on narcolepsy
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      * read up on narcolepsy
      Now there's a niche to dream of ...
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Toothpicks...they work wonders.

        All kidding aside, this isn't for you. If you can't stay awake writing about
        something then you're heart isn't in it and you won't do a good job.

        Either outsource it or write about something else or find another way to drive
        traffic to your site or whatever reason it is you're writing articles.

        What you don't love, you will not do well.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
          These are not assignments in school, that somebody else is making you do.

          Article marketing is something you do for your business. There are lots of things you can do to promote your business, and if you really don't like writing, you could try some of those other things.
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          • Profile picture of the author oscarte
            Use the freewriting method. Normal writing is boring and takes too much time.

            The best explanation I found about freewriting by an English teacher :confused:. Is very important that you don't care about misspellings or bad grammar or off topic thoughts - just keep writing.

            I learned about this method by Ed Dale's Challenge. Ed reccomends "Accidental Genius" by Mark Levy for this method.
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            • Profile picture of the author donhx
              Originally Posted by oscarte View Post

              Use the freewriting method. Normal writing is boring and takes too much time.

              The best explanation I found about freewriting by an English teacher :confused:. Is very important that you don't care about misspellings or bad grammar or off topic thoughts - just keep writing.

              I learned about this method by Ed Dale's Challenge. Ed reccomends "Accidental Genius" by Mark Levy for this method.

              I have taught writing for many years on the college level, in seminars and in other ways. I've never been a fan of Free Writing. People are allowed to go off-track and that's counter-productive. It's not a sustainable way of writing in real-worlds situations. Fun for students maybe, but otherwise not too practical. It is better to write to an outline because you have direction.

              I like Ed Dale's Challenge. It's a practical, useful approach to the kind of production writing most IM requires.

              The OP's problem is different. All the coffee or energy drinks in the world probably won't help. You need to be interested in your topic to stay awake. You've heard the saying, "The book was so good I couldn't put it down?" Same with writing. Wife: "Dinner is ready." Me: "I'm finishing an article, I'll eat later."
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    When I'm writing for clients and having trouble staying focused, I take a break after each article. Just standing up and stretching, a bathroom break, or a trip to the kitchen for a snack or drink is enough to rejuvenate me for another 500 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    I don't know why some are hating on coffee. When I've got to write all night, it works well. Sure, you're incurring a debt that must be paid back sometime, but its great for emergencies.

    Besides, caffeine improves brain function (and athletic performance but that doesn't have much to do with writing).
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    Drink some coffee and don't fall asleep lol
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Get interested and excited about what you are doing.

    Don't think of it like work, or you will never get the work done.

    Instead, think about the joy of helping other people with their problems, and the words will flow unobstructed by sleep or anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author jtgjustin
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    Coke, speed, E, Meth, etc
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Well, I get a lot done in the middle of the night, wide awake then too. Here is a bit about my coffee experience. coffee and evolution
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      • Profile picture of the author DawnMarie
        Place several thumbtacks on the back of your chair, so that if you lean back (no doubt to fall asleep) you will be reminded NOT to do that.
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        • Profile picture of the author Drake Kerrigan
          Originally Posted by dawnday View Post

          Place several thumbtacks on the back of your chair, so that if you lean back (no doubt to fall asleep) you will be reminded NOT to do that.
          That won't necessarily work. When i fall asleep at my desk I lean forward, not backward. I mean really, how many times can you wake up to see QWERTY stamped on your forehead.
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          • Profile picture of the author DawnMarie
            Originally Posted by dawnday
            Place several thumbtacks on the back of your chair, so that if you lean back (no doubt to fall asleep) you will be reminded NOT to do that

            Originally Posted by Drake Kerrigan View Post

            That won't necessarily work. When i fall asleep at my desk I lean forward, not backward. I mean really, how many times can you wake up to see QWERTY stamped on your forehead.
            HA! Good point, I hadn't thought of that.

            Okay, how about one of those alarms you wear over the ear that detects when your head is drooping? You could set it to activate the most repulsive song you can think of (the Macerana perhaps?) so that you won't DARE to fall asleep.

            Or perhaps a noose tied to the back of your chair that chokes you as your head droops forward...

            Or maybe a stick wedged between your computer monitor and your forehead...

            The possibilities are endless. Maybe we've discovered a new niche and we should write an ebook on this. ;-)
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        • Profile picture of the author David Uebergang
          Originally Posted by dawnday View Post

          Place several thumbtacks on the back of your chair, so that if you lean back (no doubt to fall asleep) you will be reminded NOT to do that.
          Nice one

          Everytime I see "staying awake" I think of Mr Bean and the toothpicks...

          I can't post the vid though cause my post count is too low :p

          As for writing the articles, my tip is to get straight to it in the morning when you are fresh. A cup of coffee helps as well
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    I drink mounds of coffee

    I take breaks.

    I exercise.

    I meditate.

    I have a great sex life.

    All these things will do wonders for article writing, product creation, growing your business, etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author FloPro
    I'd say:
    *Make sure you understand the subject you are writing about.
    *Make sure you truly understand the words you are using (dictionaries work wonders).

    And having said that -
    *Don't believe in having sleep issues. Want an example? Nothing sends people faster into a sleep mode than a program they watch about a topic they do not fully understand (not to mention the walls-shaking yawns).
    *Stay away from refined sugars (pizza anybody?).
    *Save your life and keep any soda or pre-made flavored liquid within a mile radius (unless you need something to clean the toilet with, at which point cola would do wanders).

    Rather - Take emergenC and every so often go out and look at the skies or something far away from you (sometime I think my eyes are getting crossed from this monitor-looking process...).

    Tested and proven.

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    Write on a topic that interests you. If your writing about things that don't interest you.. you won't be intrigued
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  • Profile picture of the author BruceWood
    I've heard that alcohol is a stimulant used by many novelists and playwrights.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkWrites
    Remember the big picture. The writing you're doing is just a small part of what this loftier goal of yours is. When you start hating the writing, think about how much you will love your own successful online business... focus on that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
      Don't do it!!!

      Get someone else to write them that actually enjoy doing it.


      The only way you will ever be really successful is to :


      1. give the boring jobs to others
      2. give the jobs you don't have skills to do to others
      3. give any other job you can define a process for to others


      Then concentrate on what befits your business


      Create a strategy, mange that strategy and make some money
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      • Profile picture of the author jeannemk
        Writing articles is a very boring job, aside from boring its very draining. A good way to keep you awake while writing those boring stuff is refrain from sitting at your chair for a long time, take time to stand up and do some stretching and walking, this keeps you alert and you can regain a little composure to yourself
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        • Profile picture of the author Susanrh
          Originally Posted by jeannemk View Post

          Writing articles is a very boring job, aside from boring its very draining. A good way to keep you awake while writing those boring stuff is refrain from sitting at your chair for a long time, take time to stand up and do some stretching and walking, this keeps you alert and you can regain a little composure to yourself
          If it's boring to write then it's a good bet that it is going to be boring to read - and if it is boring to read it's no good to anybody.

          If writing articles always sends you to sleep then you need to find another way of getting content.

          But consider your lifestyle first, if you are trying to write in the middle of the night after a busy day then perhaps you are just tired. If you're trying to write multiple articles one after another then you probably need to take a break, have a drink, walk around, find a subject that really interests you.

          But if it's all always boring, don't do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author dakota5369
    when i start to get tired i start to do general surfing on interesting stuff. i still dont know if it helps, but it seems to at least perk me up when i take 5 minutes away from what is boring
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  • Profile picture of the author DanteIlluai
    Take a break between each article and get your heart rate up. Also stretch briefly to increase circulation.

    Focus on eating foods that don't lower your energy such as raw fruits and vegetables. Stick to those up until dinner. This will leave you with a lot more energy for business during the day.

    If you are looking for some really in-depth and extensive answers google 'Simpleology 103.'
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  • Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    I tell you what, if you can write while you are asleep, you will make a fortune.
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  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    I will give you the same answer I gave in another post where the poster was asking for a secret to write articles.

    Drink coffee, write drink more coffee and continue writing

    There the secret is out again, for the second time.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by A P Geofrey View Post

      I will give you the same answer I gave in another post where the poster was asking for a secret to write articles.

      Drink coffee, write drink more coffee and continue writing

      There the secret is out again, for the second time.
      Caffeine usually helps in many cases, and coffee is definitely a much safer alternative to those amped up energy drinks. You don't get that much of crash with coffee, especially if you drink it black without any sugar or milk/cream.
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  • Profile picture of the author dakota5369
    i need to try one of these now. i am starting to drift off
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    Kea55,

    I have a problem worse than yours. I fall asleep when I read your articles ! Just kidding, hope ya know. Try loud music, beautiful women, and IV Folgers. Good luck with it! --Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

      Try loud music, beautiful women, and IV Folgers.
      Beautiful music and loud women would more likely do the trick.


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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    I want to assume you're writing in the evening after a full day of some other type of work? Is that correct?

    Maybe you should try writing at a different time of the day? In the morning (get up early); during your lunch break; right after work?

    I'm not sure why you're falling asleep but I won't jump to the conclusion that you aren't interested in your work.

    I love my work but tired is tired...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Caffeine works great, otherwise, pay attention to your natural body rhythms. You are more alert and energetic during certain times of the day than others. For instance, I know that I do my best writing in the morning and afternoons.

    By 6pm, I'm not much good for article writing.

    Figure out when you are able to write at your best. Sounds like you're trying to write when your body wants to do nothing but rest.
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    Write about something that interests you
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Have you tried putting hot sauce in your eyes? I tried watering down pepper in a bottle and rubbing it in my eyes, can you believe i went to sleep anyway?
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    • Profile picture of the author nando1125
      Originally Posted by janok View Post

      Have you tried putting hot sauce in your eyes? I tried watering down pepper in a bottle and rubbing it in my eyes, can you believe i went to sleep anyway?

      Lmfao I hope you were kidding
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      • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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        Originally Posted by janok View Post

        Have you tried putting hot sauce in your eyes? I tried watering down pepper in a bottle and rubbing it in my eyes, can you believe i went to sleep anyway?

        Originally Posted by nando1125 View Post

        Lmfao I hope you were kidding
        I kid you not this time
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Maybe article writing is not for you. Just because it is an effective marketing method for some doesn't mean that it will work for all. If you are falling asleep 'trying' to be productive, then this may not be for you.

    Suggestion?

    Maybe look for something that is more appealing to you. If you enjoy what you are doing then it won't feel like work and your results will come much quicker.
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    Have you try a one leg chair? it will keep you awake and help you stay "in balance"

    After 50 minutes work take a 10 minutes brake and dance, sing, jump, roll over, scream, play dead, run and then back to work.

    Cofee... or better yet a probe with intravenous coffe (that way you don't waste time sipping)

    Or consider daylight to work and night time to sleep.

    Oh I forgot! if you still fall asleep apply for a mattress testing job
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    I can tell you what worked for me while writing articles at 1 AM after working a 15 hour day for the military - PUSH-UPS!!

    Everytime I got tired I would stop writing take a minute to relax and then knock out as many push-ups as I could and then take another minute to catch my breath and start writing again.

    I used that method for years and it always kept me awake and motivated to complete my writing. Additionally, I developed one heck of a physique from doing them -

    Respectfully,
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author mkmossop
    I assume you're doing this at night? One solution is to do it during the day... unless you work of course.

    Anyway, I know how horrible it can be. I think I'm a decent writer, but I loathe writing articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?

    Red bull, Rockstar, 5 hour energy, or just outsource it to a good writer and do something else that won't put you to sleep. We are not all meant to write for hours upon hours each day.

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  • Profile picture of the author jslee
    I always think that if I concentrate on it and get it over with I can be free faster and do the things that I like. So I think what I would rather be doing, have a few seconds of day dream and get back to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    Every time you finish an article, or a few paragraphs, do 50 jumping jacks or 20 pushups.
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  • Profile picture of the author wmc19872010
    Usually before I start I go out buy at least 4 or 5 redbull shots, not the full can you're better using the shots so you dont pee as much, and every 10/20 mins take a shot, only thing is the day after stay close to a toilet.
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  • Profile picture of the author LukeH
    Exercise makes you sleepy eventually!

    Café mocha

    Cappuchino, GO TO DUNKIN" DONUTS!!
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    If your brain is not invested enough to stay awake while you are trying to work on your business then well, maybe this is not for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author AbsolutJake82
    Try a combination of NOS energy Drink and Adderall haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Spend five minutes or so reading a portion of the eBay Terms Of Service before you start. There is nothing you can be expected to write that won't seem stimulating and exciting in comparison
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    Caffiene, write early in the morning when your brain is still awake, and do something that you love.

    Seriously, I drink (and I know this is bad but it's my only "habit") 2L (or 8- 8 ounce cups) of Pepsi a day. I write first thing in the morning, or like someone else suggested when I haven't slept in days (as I have manic episodes, and these are often my most productive best writing periods). I also take at least one 30-45 minute walk a day, so that I have fresh air and am not house bound all day long. If I find I'm having problems writing or staying motivated, I get up and walk away from the computer.

    And I have never fallen asleep at the keyboard.

    Best wishes,
    Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author mgpweb
    Lots of coffee. My friends often ask how I can stay up so late and then still get up early for the kids, simple answer coffee (and the I love my job!!) one of my favourite sayings is "Sleep is for those deprived of coffee"
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    A picture is worth a thousand... words.


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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Im sure someone said this, but I hear that crystal meth will keep you awake. Although I also here it rots your teeth(among other things)...
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  • Profile picture of the author nando1125
    Take some shots of Cuban coffee
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  • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Just a suggestion to consider....QUIT WRITING BORING CRAP!!

    Not trying to say your articles are badly written, but I'm going to guess I know exactly the type of article you are writing.

    You are writing search engine fodder. You are writing articles to fulfill the desire for ranking on the search engines.

    Try this....Get opinionated. Plan to upset 30% of your audience while trying to get the other 70% cheering your efforts..Tick a few people off. Get excited, take a stand. It is hard to sleep when you are writing from emotional energy instead of writing to feed Google. (Yes, you can be opinionated about almost anything...)

    Second item...rotate between writing an article and turning it into a video. Take the article you just completed, throw the content into either a slide show video with a voice over, or do a talking head video. Get animated vocally during your video, and if you are actually sitting in front of the cam get your hands moving.

    The video step allows you to be actively working on promotion while you create energy before starting on the next idea...

    If those ideas do not work then I suggest calling an escort service...
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  • Profile picture of the author SmarteRE
    Rockstar works for me!!! But think about this. Is article writing the best use of your time? If you are a very GOOD
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  • I keep the tv on and listen to funny shows and watch little bits every so often and that way i can work for many hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrPolarZero
    focus on what you're doing. Understand what you're writing
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  • Profile picture of the author kea55
    wooow. so many responses thanks...and yeah I try to right late at night when I get home from work. I will try a different tiime and try drinking tea. thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
      Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

      wooow. so many responses thanks...and yeah I try to right late at night when I get home from work. I will try a different tiime and try drinking tea. thanks
      Assuming your articles are interesting and not boring, it might be an energy issue. Get enough sleep every night (eight hours of sleep, look up melatonin) and exercise. Go for a brisk walk after work that gets your blood pumping -- iPod and dance music help -- before sitting down to write. Every time you start getting tired, get up, drink a glass of water, and do a few jumping jacks.
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      • Profile picture of the author David Uebergang
        If you haven't got enough ideas to stay awake while writing articles from this thread so far... well... maybe you best give up on the whole article writing thing aye :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Heavenstorm
    red bull gives you wings!
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    • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
      Originally Posted by Heavenstorm View Post

      red bull gives you wings!
      I used to drink 7 or 8 cans per day, I never developed any wings
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    • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
      Originally Posted by Heavenstorm View Post

      red bull gives you wings!
      Correction...

      red bull gives you wiiings!

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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    Why not exercise for a few minuets. I dont mean go lift hunderds of pounds or run 2 miles. Just a 1-2 minutes movement (other than your finger moving on the keyboard and your ayes moving up and down looking at the monitor and keyboard), lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by HigherPrThanGod View Post

      Oh please. So can a huge meal. Driving can be a risk. Walking on ice can be a risk. Life is a risk. :p
      Heck, even breathing is terminal if you overdo it...
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  • Profile picture of the author mslew
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?
    try to stand and walk or try to drink some coffee or chocolate, these beverages have caffeine and it will help to stay you awake.
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  • Profile picture of the author KatieWilliams
    If you need more energy generally, stay away from stimulants - instead, get some exercise, fresh air and follow a good, clean diet. Stay hydrated too.

    If you're becoming bored by writing the articles, you either need to find a new niche, a new marketing tactic or outsource the work - we're all supposed to be designing our dream lives here, there's no space for boredom.

    Katie
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    • Profile picture of the author DawnMarie
      Okay, this is admittedly slightly off topic, but here's how to stay awake in seminars...


      Do you keep falling asleep in round-tables and seminars?
      What about those long and boring conferences?

      Here's a way to change all of that.

      1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5" x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns - five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

      2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each of the 25 blocks (mix them up if you like)

      * synergy

      * strategic fit

      * core competencies

      * best practice

      * bottom line

      * revisit

      * expeditious

      * to tell you the truth (or "the truth is")

      * 24/7

      * out of the loop

      * benchmark

      * value-added

      * proactive

      * win-win

      * think outside the box

      * fast track

      * result-driven

      * empower (or empowerment)

      * knowledge base

      * at the end of the day

      * touch base

      * mindset

      * client focus(ed)

      * paradigm

      * game plan

      * leverage

      3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

      4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSH*T!"

      Testimonials from satisfied "Bullsh*t Bingo" players:

      · "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won." - Adam, Atlanta

      · "My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically." - David, Florida

      · "What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win." - Dan, New York City

      · "The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." - Ben, Denver

      · "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSH*T!' for the third time in two hours." - Paul, Cleveland

      Enjoy your seminars... But try it at your own risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author billrice
    This is my suggestion:

    1. Write about things that interest you (of course, not always an option)
    2. Use a "resource file." Search your topic and grab/mashup lots of relevant content. Build article ideas and most importantly outlines--headlines and sub-headings
    3. Queue up several article outlines in a folder.
    4. Start writing.
    5. Write without any consideration of perfection or correction. This is a BIG deal and very hard to really do.
    6. Set a time limit. (Egg timer is a great tool).
    7. Stop. Save. Lay all the new articles aside for a day.
    8. Edit.
    9. Deliver.
    10. Use these articles as a resource file for future articles.

    Oh, and coffee really helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    I do alot of article marketing and I hate writing.

    If i were you just outsource it
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  • Profile picture of the author johnbmw
    Originally Posted by kea55 View Post

    Hi Guys,,,,I realize writing articles could really help my sites. However, I keep falling asleep and not being productive enough. what do you guys do to keep from dozing off?

    wow

    hire a freelancer!

    good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author V12
    Originally Posted by patrickjoer View Post

    After writing your article, run it through a spell checker
    first, then read it through a few times to check for
    spelling mistakes the spell checker may have missed and to
    correct the grammar and punctuation. Make sure it flows
    well by clearly identifying the problem, providing a
    solution and concluding with an action step or steps. Get
    someone else to read it over. Often they will find the
    mistakes that you missed.
    Any tricks to help me stay awake whilst reading the original post?
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexNeill
      I didn't used to like writing articles myself, but it's all about mindset.

      I know, I know, everyone says that, but it is.

      Obviously your tired and bored because of what you are writing about.

      I done an article marketing course one day, where the guy taught you
      how to get in the right mindset by changing things around...

      You had to picture yourself, as you were writing the article, dressed as
      a clown!

      Seriously, big red nose, face paints, dopey big shoes, water squirting out a flower, the whole shebang.

      This would make the experience more enjoyable apparently.

      Anyway, I never done it ha ha ha, but if you try it out let me know how
      you get on!

      Instead I try to write articles about content that interests me, and I
      never write when I dont feel that my creative juices are flowing.

      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author aidanjb1
    I used to churn through energy drinks...these days I've got a more sane approach, I go for a swim or to the gym midday, come back to work feeling fresh after that and can stay concentrated for longer...
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    outsourcing
    your time is more valuable than doing something u hate
    when u keep doing what u hate that much (until sleep ) u cant have maximum return
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Play loud, motivating music through headphones (don't do this with speakers for obvious reasons).

    Try doing article writing first thing in the morning.

    Don't eat huge meals, then attempt to write articles. Write first, then eat.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Thompson
    If you keep falling asleep LOL maybe it's not for you!

    OUTSOURCE: elance, Odesk and here in the forum
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  • Profile picture of the author DLMedia03
    Break your article into small parts. Section it off and complete them one at a time. It's easy to get discouraged if you think of writing an article as one giant piece, but it's much easier to take in if you provide your content in numbered format (like a top list), or simply designate it into sections that represent different themes or thoughts on the same subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrDay
    A slap in the face and if that doesn't work, down a Red Bull. Seriously, it works at least for me cause I'm not much of a coffee drinker.

    Also try doing some type of cardio-workout every few hours, it seems to really help.
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Glad you guys bumped this, reminded me to thank Oscarte for the videos and the book recommendation.

      To me its mainly about getting into a mindset that I need to get some work done. What I need to do doesn't matter, though I do need to write a lot of content for my store.

      What motivates me is the Paypal receipts in my inbox. Knowing that I can make this work, but just needing to stop being my own enemy and doing it.

      I do have one big tip.

      When you are extra tired and feel the need to do some work, like I am right about now, make an effort to do some research and create an outline for future articles.

      When I am tired I find my creativity really plummets, so I do this as a failsafe. It allows me to get some work done, and ends up making me much more productive when it comes time to actually write the articles. I can spend an hour outlining half a dozen articles tonight, and it would probably only take about an hour to write them all tomorrow when I am refreshed.

      That simple step allows me to sleep easy at night knowing that I am doing something positive to further my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christopnguyen
    I find that working early in the morning with a cup of green tea or black tea gives me a good kick to start writing and isnt as overpowering as coffee for me. Because with coffee I tend to crash about 2 hours later. Also write down the time periods that you plan to write and stick with them, everytime you want to sleep or get up just look at your time period sheet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
      I think Doug has some good ideas and it is similar to how I like to do things when I write.

      -I identity the time when my brain is most active/alert. For me it is early morning. I now go to bed earlier and get up at 5am.

      -my prime writing time is 1-3 hours when I am most alert in the morning

      -when I am not writing, I like to prep, research and outline future writing projects. Also I like to proofread, if I'm not too tired. That prepares me for the next writing shift.

      -I've found it's a good idea to set quotas/goals ahead of time. For example, I'll have 3 finished articles done by the end of my shift tomorrow.
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      • Profile picture of the author Morganzolar
        Hi,

        I would either outsource it, if that's a possibility - or invest in a very large mug, and some extra strong instant coffee!

        MZ
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