Recently I conducted a poll on my blog, asking writers about their challenges. “Feeling overwhelmed” turned out to be the biggest problem for writers, both new and established. In this article, we’ll discuss a process which will eliminate your feelings of being overwhelmed so that you can succeed with your freelance writing career.
1. Set and Goal and Work Backwards from It
Your first step is to set a goal. For the purpose of this article, we won’t make it an extended goal, it’ll just be a short-term goal for something you want to achieve within the next month. A goal without the deadline is just a dream, so set your deadline for a month from today.
Once you’ve set your goal, brainstorm a series of tasks which will lead you to your goal.
I like to brainstorm at least 20 tasks. Yes, 20. 🙂
2. Create a Weekly and Daily Plan
Now you’ve set a goal, and have a deadline, as well as a series of possible tasks you can complete, it’s time to create a weekly and a daily plan.
Choose five or six tasks to create your plan for this coming week.
Open your calendar application. Of course, you can use a paper diary if you prefer.
Block out the time you have available to write each day. If you only have 20 minutes, that’s fine. If you have several hours, that’s fine too.
Now enter the tasks you’ve selected into those blocks of time on your calendar.
3. Shut out Distractions and Complete Your Daily Tasks
You’ve created your plan, and now all you need to do is follow it.
Aim to eliminate distractions as much as you can. For example, email and instant messaging are horrible distractions. Turn them off when it’s time to write. In fact, it’s a good idea to schedule specific times during the day when you’ll deal with email; keep your instant messaging program turned off the permanently.
If you focus on your daily tasks, you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when: this automatically stops you feeling overwhelmed. Keep completing those daily tasks, and you’ll achieve your goals. And of course, you’ll succeed.
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