Hey Writers! Need Some Time Management Tips?

Hey Writers! Need Some Time Management Tips?

by Steve Gamel
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Oh no, not another article about time management. If you’re saying that to yourself as you read this, I know how you feel. There are countless articles like this on the Internet, including those with strategies specific to writers. So how is this one different?

I think it’s a good idea to share how time management strategies can change over time. I know mine have as I continue to keep up with an increasing workload at Edit This®.

Below is a revamped list of time management strategies that help keep me on track:

1. Use a calendar This should be on everyone’s time management list. I record everything using the Google calendar on my phone, from upcoming appointments to assignment due dates, daily tasks, my kids’ baseball games, and even mileage to and from meetings
with clients.

2. Take a lot of notes Inevitably, I’ll be working on one writing project, and an idea for another will pop into my mind. I’ve made a habit of keeping my phone or a pen and paper handy to log those ideas for down the road. This tip saves time in the long run.

3. Maximize downtime Time is a precious resource that is often wasted or mismanaged. Take advantage of the time you spend in a waiting room at the doctor’s office or at your car’s next oil change. Even if you don’t have your laptop with you, you can still use thenotes app on your smartphone or a pen and paper.

4. Redefine “office hours” Writers should take advantage of times during the day – or night – when their creative juices are at their peak, and there are fewer interruptions. For me, that’s not in the middle of the day. I work a lot late at night or very early in the morning, which creates flexibility when a client needs my help in the middle of the day.

Schedule stuff well in advance – If you know you have a big feature article coming up – even if it’s not until next month – work out a time that works best for your client and get it on the calendar now. It will help you mentally prepare and eliminate last-minute planning, which can throw everything else off.

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