I’ve been working on this post for a while now and I’m finally ready to share it with the world.
It’s taken me a long time to get here, but I want to share with you some of the time management secrets that have helped me get to where I am today. I hope that you can use them to help you get where you want to be in your writing career as well!
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So, without further ado, here are my top 9 time management tips for writers:
1. Write Every Day
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a writer. You need to write every single day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If you don’t write every day, you won’t be able to get any writing done at all, and you’ll end up with nothing to show for all your hard work. So, make writing a priority in your life, and make it a habit. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a short amount of time if you write for just a couple of minutes every day. You can even set an alarm on your phone to remind you to write, so that you’re not late for work or anything like that. Just make sure that you write every morning before you do anything else. It’s the best way to start your day, and it’ll set the tone for the rest of your day as well. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this one, so I’d love to hear from you if you have any tips on how to make it easier for yourself to write each day. Let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll make sure to share them with you in the next blog post.
2. Don’t Procrastinate
Procrastination is a huge problem for a lot of people, myself included. We’re all guilty of it at one time or another, and that’s why we’re so hard on ourselves when we do it. Procrastination doesn’t just happen to writers, though. It happens to everyone, and we all need to learn how to deal with it. I’ve learned a lot about how to stop procrastinating over the last few years, but there’s still a lot I need to work on in that area. One of the best ways to get out of a procrastination rut is to write down all the things you need to do, and then cross them off one by one as you get them done. That’s a great way to keep yourself motivated, because it forces you to focus on the things that need to be done, instead of getting distracted by all the other things you’d rather be doing instead. Another great thing to do is to set up a system of rewards for yourself when you get things done. For example, you could reward yourself with a cup of coffee, or you could give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Whatever it is that works best for you, just make sure you’ve got a system in place so that it works for you. It will help you to stay on track, and keep you focused on what needs to get done instead of wasting your time on things that aren’t important to you. I have a post coming soon on how you can set up your own rewards system for yourself, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get that in your inbox as soon as it comes out. I think it will be a great help to you in your own writing career, so sign up now if you haven’t already done so.
3. Get Organized
One of the biggest problems I had when I first started writing was that I didn’t know how to get organized. I would sit down and start writing, and before I knew it, the day was gone and I had no idea where I was in the story. It was a big problem for me, because I was wasting so much time trying to figure out what I needed to do next. It took me a while to figure this one out, but once I did, it really helped me to get a lot more done. The first thing I did was to create a folder on my computer for each of my writing projects. Then, I would put all my writing files in that folder, and when I was ready to start working on a new project, all I had to do was open up that folder and get to work. When I finished working on that project, I closed it out and moved on to the next one. This was a huge help for me because it made it much easier for me to keep track of what I was working on, and how much time I was spending on each project. I also made it a point to keep my work area as organized as possible.