by Liz | August 16, 2019 9:54 am
by Steve Gamel
I wrote the majority of this blog while sitting in a waiting room before a big presentation. I used a notes application on my phone to do most of the work, too.
More often than not, that’s the way it goes when you are a self-employed writer. There are a ton of projects to keep up with, so you have to make the most of your time! In fact, some might argue being really good at time management is more important than being good at your craft.
If that means knocking out an article while in a waiting room, or on an airplane, you do it.
I’ve been a writer for nearly 20 years and have come up with a myriad of clever ways to divide my time efficiently to cover all aspects of running my business, spending time with my beautiful family, and even carving out a little time for myself.
Below are hacks that work for me:
Think outside the box on “office hours”
Take advantage of times during the day – or night – when you typically have your creative juices flowing and there’s less chance for interruptions. Typically, that’s not the middle of the day! I get most of my bigger articles done at night or very early in the morning.
Use a calendar to plan things out. It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper calendar or the one on your phone. At the beginning of each month, I map out everything I know I have going on and when I plan on writing those projects. As the days and weeks go by and more projects come my way, I simply add them in.
Keep “stuff” handy
My family teases me because I constantly have my computer with me in the backseat of the car – even if I have nothing going on. I also have my phone, a pen, and a pad of paper. Keep that stuff handy because you NEVER want to be caught unprepared as a self-employed writer. That’s not to say you always have to be in “work mode,” but when inspiration strikes, you’re ready for it.
You’re going to need to stay focused on those days when it seems like too many projects are coming in at once. With the right focus, you will be able to slow down and prioritize each project in your head. Cutting target goals into smaller and more immediate pieces will help you accomplish more than you thought you could.
Know when it’s time to delegate
I made this the last one on the list because there will come a day when a one-person show can no longer do the job on their own. You have to be able to recognize that before it happens, and when it does, be able to step in and delegate some of that extra work to someone else.
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