There is usually confusion between the notion of working hard and working productively. When faced with a long time span for a writing task, some writers cave in and end up not completing the writing project due to little or no time left as a result of the endless activities they encounter. It is often difficult to set goals for a specific timeframe as a writer because not only do you have to accomplish the task, you also have to wage a war against distractions and unforeseen circumstances. There are high chances that there will be disruptions and so it is important to understand what time is and how to use it effectively to achieve the desired goals.
As a writer, you must understand that managing time is not about shoving and squeezing as many tasks into a day but it is about understanding your habits and rearranging your goals and tasks such that you end up being productive.
These are a few tips that will ensure that your writing task is handled timely:
ESTABLISH YOUR WORK TIME
With careful observation after a period of time, it is necessary to note the period of time during the day when you are most productive as a writer. This is crucial for your writing as this will ensure productivity is ascertained. Be sure to schedule your work times and organize your task daily. It is also fundamental to lay out achievable and realistic goals for a period of time. Reminders are another great way to ensure you are on track with your writing project.
IT’S OK TO SAY NO
If the workload is too much to handle, then there is a high chance that it would not be completed at the stipulated time. As a writer, it is important to know when to decline on a writing project if there is not enough time to complete your current job. However, if you must take on new tasks, prioritizing the important ones as well as facing the task with the shorter deadline is necessary.
Do you occasionally check your television for what is showing? Do you like taking naps in between writing? All these are essential to be productive eventually; however, it is important they are done at the right time-BREAK TIME. To avoid burn-outs, break slots should be set in between tasks and this will determine the level of productivity when you work.
SET SHORT TERM GOALS
A writing project can pose as a huge task and as a writer; you may be unsure of where to start and may later become overwhelmed. At this point, focus is key and you may need to look deeply at what would be required for the completion of the project and set short term goals that are achievable. This reduces the pressure and ensures that you treat the writing project thoroughly.
No matter how effective a writer is; at some point, they may fall under cases where there is little or no time left or too much to handle at once and it could even be procrastination. However, the start to completing any task starts with understanding the way you work best and setting defined goals to achieve them.