Instead of yo-yo dieting, trying Crossfit (you’ll hurt yourself), vowing to read all the classics or attempting to get your finances in order, I just made your New Year’s resolution for you: write more.

Writing helps you flesh out ideas and become a better communicator—a skill that everyone could improve upon—and probably more successful in your career, whether you’re the CEO or a marketing manager. Research backs this up—a Grammarly study found that people who make fewer grammatical errors, typos and mistakes earn more money. And for those saying, “I’m a bad writer” or “My grammar is awful,” well, you might be right. But if you resolve to write more in 2017 you’ll get better at it.

Get rid of distractions

In the beginning, you’ll likely sit at your laptop staring at a blank white screen trying to figure out what to write about. After three seconds, you’ll look at your email and get lost in response for a few minutes before heading to a meeting.

You can’t start writing or get better at it if you don’t give yourself some time. If you’re too busy from the moment you open up your laptop to the last time you check your email before bed, schedule some time. Even 20 minutes of time, just to write. Put it on your calendar. Try Focus@Will, the Focus app or Focus Booster. Close your email, and…

Write a first draft, even if it sucks

Yes, that blank screen is daunting. Getting started is tough, and the best way to get through that is just to write. Get your ideas down in Word or Google Docs or an email. You can write in sentences and paragraphs, or you can outline your argument first. You’ve got interesting ideas; just write.

It’s much easier to edit and revise your work after you get your ideas down on paper. Step away from your work and come back to it a little later.

When you’re ready to begin editing and revising, pay attention to sentence structure and grammar: make sure you’re using the right “their,” “there” or “they’re.” You can break up paragraphs, turn lists into bullets so they’re easier to read and write subheadlines. But please, before all that, just start writing a first draft.

Write like you talk

You’re not writing a college term paper or even a five-paragraph essay. The web has changed the way we write for each other and the good news is the best way to communicate is to write like you talk. Make it conversational; imagine you’re telling a story to a colleague. It will make the complicated issue you’re writing about much easier to understand.

Make writing routine

Once you begin writing more frequently you’ll start feeling more comfortable and it’ll become much easier. You can even establish a routine that’ll help you become an efficient writer:

  • Plan and research
  • Take a break
  • Write a draft
  • Take a break
  • Edit and revise

Taking breaks between each phase will help you get a little bit of mental distance—think through your argument to make sure it’s a sound one. Taking a break between writing and revising will make the editing process easier. You’ll be able to spot typos and grammatical errors you may have skimmed over during the writing process.

Find a few good resources

Speaking of grammatical errors and typos, you’ll want to find a few good writing resources as you start writing more. Check out this list of our favorite writing resources if you need a place to get started. You can also use tools like Grammarly or Hemingway to help you improve your writing.

Resolving to write more in 2017 might not be fun in the beginning, but we promise you’ll begin to enjoy it little by little.