Juggling a blog, social media, your WiP, competition entries – not to mention your day job – can make it feel like you need twelve pairs of hands. If you’re struggling to keep your writing on track, a simple schedule may be the answer. Here’s how to make it work:
Make a List
First, write a list of everything you want to work on, something like:
- 2nd edit of Work in Progress
- Blog posts
- Interacting with online community
- Reading books about writing
- 1st draft of competition entry
Notice I’ve included reading in there. Your schedule doesn’t just need to be all about writing.
Allocate your Tasks
Now you know what you want to work on, allocate one task to each day. Your schedule could be longer than seven days if you have a lot of things to get through. And remember – give yourself some time off. Like any muscle, your brain needs ‘recovery’ time to get stronger.
Measure your Aims
For each task, decide what your aim will be – such as write 200 words, edit three pages, or just work for one hour. Add a specific time (after the kids are in bed for example) if you need to.
Write it Down
Whether it’s a sticky note on laptop or pinned to the wall in big bold letters, make sure it’s visible. Its there to remind you – and any other potential time stealers – that you have work to do!
Change it if you Need to
Your schedule is going to change as you complete tasks anyway, but if any part if it isn’t working, then change it. And if you’re inspired to work on something ‘off schedule’, then do it!
Do you have a schedule? How do you juggle all your writing demands?