As I’m working on my book The Agency Games, (with deadlines approaching quickly) I find that managing my time wisely is a necessity if I want to finish on time.
For those of you who write, maybe you have deadlines set by a publishing house, maybe you have deadlines set by yourself (either way, you NEED deadlines – see deadline tip for why). Now comes the harder part, succeeding in those deadlines.
I get it, life is busy! So dang busy and it often feels like its impossible to write. I cannot tell you how many comments on facebook groups that I’ve seen where people say their hardest writing struggle is simply finding the time to write at all.
And on some days, I’ll be honest, those people are right. There is just No. dang. time.
However, that is SOME DAYS. Not every day. Some days it will be impossible, MOST DAYS it will just be hard. We are writers – we should be used to hard, but not impossible goals!
One way that we can manage our time wisely is to plan our writing time. You can either do this at a specific time each day or on specific days of the week. Hear me out, we plan and set aside time for getting together with friends, going to our kids sport games, going out to dinner, watching TV at home. Writing is just another activity (an important one) that needs its own time slot.
So schedule some time that is only meant to be used for writing (not laundry, or homework, or anything else). Once you are in this writing time, optimize your time by reducing distractions. That means, if you are a parent, your writing time should probably be before the kids wake up or after they are asleep. If your a college student, you should probably do it first thing in the morning before classes, that way you can do your homework after the classes. Also, set aside your phone (see tip on distractions) and give yourself this time to devote to writing.
Don’t be like the white rabbit and miss out on your writing time!
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When do you find is the best time to optimize your writing?
Happy Writing Everyone!
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