In Tuesday’s issue of our writing tips ezine the theme is time management — managing your writing time so that you’re effortlessly productive.
Here’s an excerpt from the Editorial:
My super-simple process
Here’s my time management process in a nutshell:
• Set writing goals with deadlines
• Create daily tasks which will lead to the accomplishment of those goals by the due date
Earth-shattering, right? 🙂
You’ve heard all this time management stuff before, and you’ve either set goals already, or have done so in the past… and the process didn’t work for you. It’s important however that you realize that it CAN work, once you determine that you want it to work, and develop a strategy to ensure that it does work for you.
Last week, I talked about the importance of setting word-count goals, and working towards them. In other words, to coin a cliché, WRITERS WRITE. Every day. Therefore, that’s one of the first of my daily tasks… no matter what else happens on that day, I know that I must get my daily word count done.
I’ve been writing to a daily word count goal for so long that it’s a habit, so I don’t even need to think about it; I just do it. And that’s the key… changing your behavior, so that you develop efficient habits.
I’ve just looked at Things, my time management tool on my Mac (I commend it to you) and I have six tasks which are scheduled for every single day – yes, weekends too. No matter what, I get those six tasks done. That’s become a habit: to schedule the tasks that I MUST get done, every day. If they’re on my schedule, they get done… because it’s a habit for me to do it.
Read more in the issue on Tuesday. Issues are free, of course. Each week’s is in PDF format; the download link is sent to you.
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