There are just 24 hours in each day. Unfortunately. 🙂
As a professional writer, you must manage your time well, and avoid stress, so you face choices.
The primary choice is: how will you spend your daily 24 hours?
Let’s assume you’re a full-time writer. If you aren’t (yet), bear with me. You will be, if you’re committed to building a full-time writing career.
As a full-time writer, you need rest and recreation, which means that your writing time is limited. You’re no longer a wage slave, but writing is tiring.
Over the years, I’ve come to understand that four hours of total concentration on WRITING is my daily limit. If I push myself because I have deadlines, I may be able to spend ten hours a day writing for a week, but I’ll suffer for it. I’ll need a week, maybe even two weeks, to recuperate.
That’s not worth it. It’s far better to accept that four hours a day of total focus on writing is my creative limit.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I can write for four hours, then sit back and relax. There are dozens of chores which must get done. Some chores are daily (marketing and email), other chores must be done weekly, or monthly, or quarterly.
If you allow it, your professional writing chores will crowd your day — they’ll encroach on your writing time. This is disastrous: you must guard your writing time jealously.
The easiest way to guard your time is to hive off all those chores which can be done by someone else. If you only do what only you can do, you’ll eliminate stress. You’ll be more productive.
Build your team
No man is an island, and writers need the support a team gives them. Your team can handle many of the boring and frustrating chores your writing career requires.
For example, my team includes my accountant, my bookkeeper, my personal assistant, and my tech assistant. I also hire writers to write for my blogs.
Yes, I could do all this stuff myself, but I’d need to be at least three people.
I encourage you to build your own team. Start now, even if you’re just starting out on a writing career.
If you hate dealing with finances, as I do; get an accountant.
If you hate setting up blogs, or formatting your ebooks, or creating graphics, hire someone to do it.
All writers need support. Your family and friends provide emotional support, but you need a team to support everything your writing career involves.
Your team helps you to avoid stress, because stress prevents you from writing.
Start building your team as soon as you can.
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