Proper time management is to success what breathing is to life. If you are failing at managing your time, chances are success will elude you. The first step to taking control of your time is turning off the internet periodically. If that did not send you running, let us dig a little deeper into what I mean.
The internet is important for several reason such as research, social media, communication and marketing. However, the internet as a whole is a time sink. When was the last time you spent 30 minutes on Facebook or Twitter promoting your book and immediately went back to work afterwards? I wager never is the answer because there are so many funny cat photos circulating through Facebook.
You need time on the internet to research topics or read you favorite blogs, but that time should be scheduled to not interfere with work. Yes I said it, writing is work and should be treated like any other job. Set up office hours and stick to them. Write an internet policy for work and make yourself sign it.
Smartphones are part of the internet and will ruin most time management plans. The New York Times ran a great feature on the topic of time management and smartphones: Silencing the Smartphone . Turn the ringer to its loudest setting and put it in another room and resist the urge to chase the ringer every time it chirps at you.
Develop a time management plan and stick to it. Include everything you must do in a typical day such as research, marketing, errands and so forth. Give each task a set time or amount of time and do not waiver.
Here are some resources to help you get control of your time and develop a time management plan:
- Time Management for Freelance Writers
- How I Became a More Productive Writer by Doing This One, Simple Thing
- Time Management for Writers–Getting More Done in Less Time
- The Busy Writer’s Guide to Time Management
- Email Time Management Domination
- 9 Time Management Tools for Freelance
- How to Fit Freelance Writing into Your Busy Life
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