We know that proofreading your posts is essential. You want to send out quality content after all. But editing–it takes so much time.
I have a trick that helps me proofread faster. It also makes me more likely to actually catch the errors.
So by doing one simple thing, I not only save time, but become more effective at what I’m doing. That’s what I call a win-win!
My Best Strategy to Proofread Faster
Once I’m done with my post, I step back for a few minutes and clear my brain. Then, I come back to my post and read it aloud.
Yep. I read my posts out loud.
Because of how our brain works. We have all of these senses, and they work together. When we rely only on our eyes to catch an error, we’re likely to glaze over it.
That’s because our brain knows what we meant to say. We know what it should say. So we tend to read it correctly.
Even when there’s a big mistake.
To ensure our posts actually say what we want them to say instead of what we think they say, we have to stop only looking at it.
By reading your post aloud, you’re inviting your ears and your voice to the proofreading party. There’s more members accounted for, and it’s less likely that you’ll miss something.
How I Make It Actually Work
I typically just read my posts aloud on my computer or phone–wherever I happen to be typing it. I like being able to read it aloud to someone else. My kids and husband are usually kind enough to listen to me.
I don’t usually print the posts, though that’s certainly a possibility.
I make changes as I go. That means the people listening to me have to have a little patience. (Which they do!)
Don’t worry if you don’t have anyone to read aloud to. Your ears will be happy to help you proofread. Just make sure to actually read what the post says, not what it should say.
What are your best tips for improving your proofreading speed? Share them in the comments below. Together, we can build efficiency into our businesses!
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