You know proofreading your posts is essential. You want to send out quality content after all. But editing seems to take so much time.
If you’re trying to seed up your content generation, I have a trick for you.
It 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, I also 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. Humans have all of these senses, and they work together. When you rely only on your eyes to catch an error, you’re likely to glaze right over it.
That’s because your brain knows what you meant to say. You know what your blog post should say.
So you tend to read it correctly in your mind, even when there’s a big mistake.
To ensure your posts actually say what you want them to say instead of what you think they say, you must 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 or my husband are usually kind enough to listen to me.
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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