Time Management for Writers
It’s never too late to get back on track with a proven regimen. I restarted my running and exercise routine last week and being on the path to a heathier life feels great, but I’ve been a little off kilter (and sore). If you’re like me, you get distracted by your own competing interests, and the things you want to do–like more writing–gets bumped in favor of other tasks–like exercise. Running in the morning requires waking up, which requires going to sleep earlier, which cuts into my writing time.
How do you maximize your time management skills to do what you
want need to do and still have fun?
Short answer: PLAN. I always feel a little guilty when I am not working on something for the business, writing the novel, polishing a poem, or working on things for my community clubs. The only way to get past those feelings is to remain determined and follow a few of these tips:
- Grab a stopwatch – Determine how much time it takes you to complete tasks. Watch the clock or get your stopwatch going as you write a normal-length blog post, as you prepare meals, even how long it takes you to get dressed for work. This might seem tedious, but make it fun. You’ll have a better idea of how much you can actually get done in a day.
- Make a weekly schedule – Once you know how long your usual tasks take, set your daily schedule (on paper or use Google Calendar) to create predictability for the week. Give yourself time to slack off, watch TV unwind. This schedule should be flexible. If you;re a morning person, plan for a few hours in the morning to write. Work to your strengths.
- Listen to podcasts in the shower – Double up on your information intake or transfer some of your reading to audio if you find that you must perform many “mindless” chores (washing dishes, running) where concentration is not exactly required.
What strategies do you use to stay on track?