One of the greatest difficulties independently employed writers, editors and bloggers face, is the means by which to make the best utilization of their time.
If you’re a one-individual shop, then surely, you’re in charge of showcasing and deals (pitches and contract exchanges), inventive (explore, detailing, composing, altering), charging (sending solicitations), accumulations, and advancements (Twitter, Facebook et al).
In addition to the fact that you have to make sense of how to share your time to cover each one of those parts of maintaining your business, you need to eliminate chances of surrendering to a heap of potential diversions.
When I wrote my first book, I was teaching at a school where I resumed 7:45 am and closed 5:00 pm almost everyday. But I’ll wake up in the morning and write before preparing for work.
The first draft of Susan’s Diary Series was written in one night.
It was while working with Okadabooks (on very tight schedule), that I wrote Strange Man at Iri. And I’ve written several other stories.
Writing is not the only thing I do. At some point I was handling social media alone, blog articles and stories, backlink building, newsletter, marketing, customer service, as well as other services like cover design, e-publishing for clients, book reviews for clients, ghostwriting, and so on.
I’ve had some people ask me how I manage to always write. I’ve had them ask how they can manage their time and include some writing in their daily schedule. And that is why I’ve written this article.
1. Parity – Writers should not always run after current trends. If you do, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed, doing everything but nothing. In other words, pulling traffic with current trends but not really making money off it. Unless you run a gossip and news blog, and have Adsense really working for you, don’t do this.
You need to create balance in what you’re doing. This way, you’re not over flogged and as a result, become less productive.
2. Desires – Make sensible desires for what can be achieved in every 60 minutes, every day, every week or every month – so you don’t apply a fire brigade attitude to work and become over-burdened. At the same time, this makes you not undermine what can be achieved by doing too little, and therefore not have the capacity to earn well and pay the bills.
3. Adaptability – Remaining free enough to manage the unexpected conditions that will definitely crop up while keeping up enough structure to complete ventures on due date. The truth is, in a whole day, you can have a lot of unplanned activities just crop up on you. It is now left for you to decide which of them to work on/with.
However, if you already have a very tight schedule, you might not be able to meet up with unexpected conditions. And in some cases, it could cost you an added income for the day.
Procedures for Boosting Profitability
Writers, Editor’s and Bloggers in business must utilize a wide scope of systems to remain beneficial. Here are a few of them:
1. Turn off diversions – Keep the telephone aside when you should be engaging prospects. Try not to browse emails, when you should be writing one to clients. Log off Facebook when you need to write. Try not to answer the doorbell. Somwtimes, the person at the other side of the door is a distraction. If your work is such that requires you completely should remain on the web, close everything else except one or two tabs you are working on at that moment. I utilize an app called ‘Stay Focused’ to constrain the quantity of minutes I can spend amid work hours on sites like Facebook and Instagram where I sometimes get carried away. You should get it too. The good news is that, it is available for Android phones.
2. Utilize a clock – Set a physical clock or an online clock for 30 minutes or another particular timeframe, and don’t do anything besides work. If you’re to write, please write. If you’re to market directly to prospective clients, do just that. If you’re to design flyers for social Media, or create engagement on social media, do just that. If you’re editing, please do just that. If you have a client job to work on, kindly do just that.
Once you’re done, offer yourself a short break, and then set it once more, and again, until you complete what you’re doing.
You can also make use of the liquid hourglass timer. This timer is adventurous in a sort of way. Imagine turning it over and telling yourself, “I will finish this chapter before the oils drips out completely”. It gives you a sense of competition against the liquid timer and I’ve come to realize that competitions brings out the best in us.
3. Utilize the advantages of an accountability Pal – A few consultants collaborate with a composition accomplice and calendar schedules to keep each other responsible for how they’re utilizing their time. Some accountability partners check in with one another consistently. Some do once per day, a week, and others, a month.
4. Set objectives – Writers, without a calendar with objectives and daily agendas, you’ll be working in the dark. We all have 24 hours in a day. And believe me, it is enough, or not enough, depending on what you do with it. So yes, you can use Google calendar and spreadsheet to plan. The important thing is to set a target to accomplish XYZ within a specified time frame.
If you have no daily objectives that should help you reach your goals, then you achieve nothing.
5. Separate the day into pieces – For example, I have a number of things to do today. I woke up at 4 to conclude on this article you’re now reading because it was first on my to do list things morning. I have other things spread for the day and they have been scheduled using my calender and timer. You cannot do everything at once. You need to break it down and as you accomplish each task, strike them off your to do list for the day. This way, you have breaks in between for o the activities that may crop up.
6. Pursue a formal efficiency routine – routine in this context, means what you do on a daily basis. If you read emails more than 5 times a day and respond to all of them. It simply means you spent the entire day on customer service, nothing more. But if you read it once or twice daily, then you have created a balance that helps you have a productive routine. This applies to time spent on social media and other online platforms.
7. Work when no one else is – I am one of those writers who either sleep late, or rise early to work; be it writing or other aspects of the business. This helps reduce intrusion by 100%. Your ideas are clearer and your progress incredible.
8. Work when you’re “on.” — Utilize the season of day when you have the most vitality to handle the hardest errands on your plan for the day.
9. Handle the hardest stuff first — Brian Tracy call this, “eating that frog.” Pick the one thing you’re fearing and do it first, because getting it off the path can be a sufficient mental lift to bring you through whatever remains of the day.
10. Get help — Get a remote helper to deal with some of the work load; thereby relieving you of some burden. As long as you’re into this business, you will need a helper if you want to have more time in your hands to do the most important stuff that helps grow your business.
11. Reward yourself – Numerous writer set day by day or week after week objectives and reward themselves for completing assignments or complying with time constraints. Prizes don’t need to be huge – a stroll, or an evening rest with a loved one, a glass of wine by the day’s end, etc, would do great.
Treat yourself for taking care of business. Although, different writers state the main reward they need is the one that tallies the most – the Pay that comes from their hard work. I do agree, because the satisfaction is beautiful.
So, over to you, what was your major take away from this post? And are there other challenges you face as a writer in business, or a writer who want to get in business? Please feel free to drop your comments below. Let’s chat.