Freelance writers, whether writing on a full-time or a part-time basis, encounter many demands on their time. It can be particularly challenging for writers who are juggling their writing jobs with a full-time position. Consequently, it is important to respect time as the scarce and precious resource that it is, and to make the absolute most of it. Here are some tips on how you can manage your time effectively.
Create a writing environment
Where you write can have a significant impact on your productivity and your work in general. There are no rules about what the best work environment is for those who earn money from home, so it is important to design a space that is most comfortable for you. Surround yourself with decorations and accessories that inspire you to write and to be enthusiastic about your work. Perhaps you enjoy the work of a particular artist, so invest in a few prints of their work and surround yourself with their images or purchase a few plants to offer a stress-free working environment.
Your phone, email, and social media are most likely the greatest distractions that can take you away from writing from home. When possible, turn off your phone or, better yet, do not bring your phone into your working environment. If you need your phone for your day job, then place it somewhere not as immediately accessible so you are less likely to respond to it unless it is an emergency.
In addition, gone are the days of writing by hand, as writers as now more than ever dependent on their computers to get their writing jobs done. Although using the internet is an important tool for writing from home, logging onto social media such as Twitter or Facebook will adversely affect your time management skills. Having tabs opened from old or irrelevant projects can also become a distraction so close these as soon as you are done with them. It is important to focus on the task at hand and not on those sites which can take away from your work.
Develop a daily schedule
Most likely there are other tasks that need to be accomplished during the day in addition to writing. Use either a digital or paper calendar to keep track of appointments, deadlines, and other tasks and include time for writing. Although this may take a while to do so, determine the time of day when you are most productive and try to get the majority of your writing for the day done during that time.
In addition, while it is important to minimize distractions, this doesn’t mean avoiding interruptions altogether. As no one can work continuously without a break or an interruption, schedule these kinds of deviations from your work. Such planned interruptions, whether an hour for lunch or 30 minutes of television after finishing a major task, can help you to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Hopefully you have found some tips that can help you to manage your time more effectively as a writer. If so, apply to Words of Worth to employ your writing skills and talent and discover a new and exciting adventure in writing.