Planning your writing day will help you become a more successful writer. You’ll also be a more productive writing. You’ll stop overlooking deadlines, worrying about meting targets and have more hours to do what you want every day. There’s no need to spend hours working out your writing plan.
At the end of each day, spend five or 10 minutes thinking about tomorrow’s workload. Here are 5 tips to help with planning your writing day.
Have Something to Plan Your Writing Day In
Get a notebook or use an online calendar to plan your day. I prefer to write things on paper, and have a diary to note down all the work I have to do. I then have a blogging calendar for the writing ideas for my blogs and residual income sites.
If you don’t write things down, you’ll forget that you have to do something. Write a deadline down as soon as its set, otherwise you could end up in some hot water when you overlook a client’s project.
Check Your Deadlines
This is the first thing to do. Look ahead and see what immediate deadlines you have. It’s not just about deadlines set by clients, but about your personal deadlines for larger projects. Just because a project isn’t due until the end of the month doesn’t mean you can’t get a start on it now. Set deadlines for each week so you’re not stressing about it later.
Make sure your deadlines take priority. Mark the work down as the first to be completed the next day.
Don’t Book Too Much
It’s easy to try to fit as much in a day as possible when you first start planning your writing day. Avoid this. Space your work out and don’t forget about regular breaks. You don’t want to spend more than an hour at a time sitting in front of your computer. Use your breaks to get things done around the house or get some exercise.
If you find you’re regularly doing too much, you need to start looking at the amount of work you take on. Talk to clients about extending deadlines or make it clear that work from now on will need longer deadlines. If that’s still too much, look at dropping writing clients.
Be Realistic When Planning
This is similar to the point above. Overestimate how long it will take you to get a task done. That way, you will have more time to play with. It avoids overbooking and stress. If an unexpected situation arises—and you know it always does—you will know that you still have time for a break.
This can take time to develop when you start planning your writing day. You need to know how long it would roughly take you to be able to overestimate the time. Start by time tracking to see how that helps you.
Allow Your Plan to Be Flexible
No plan can be set in stone. When planning your writing day, allow some wiggle room and make sure it’s flexible if something crops up. As a work at home mom, I regularly have trips out to the nursery or a break for a trip to the toilet throughout the writing day. There will be appointments and interviews that need to be slotted in.
This is why not overbooking is important. You have space to slot things in when necessary.
It’s time to start planning your writing day. You really will find yourself more productive and successful, as you get more done without overworking.
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