Best-selling HayHouse author Cheryl Richardson says, “I love deadlines. They keep me focused, on track, and they keep an endpoint in sight. If you learn to use deadlines to your advantage, you’ll get that book, blog, or newsletter finished in no time.” Sounds like Cheryl understand the importance of a writing schedule.
Writers, how’s your attitude towards creating and sticking to your writing schedule in order to meet your deadlines? Do you moan, mumble, and groan about it? Or, are you enthusiastic?
A writing schedule keeps you and your writing on track.
Would you accomplish all of your writing projects without a schedule? Could you accomplish your writing without a schedule? Maybe you could, but I wouldn’t chance it.
How I take charge of my writing schedule
I admit that I sort of have a “Type A” personality. But I also know how to go with the flow. I’ve been known to be impulsive. Anyway…
Most people can’t believe that I’m creative and analytical at the same time, and they don’t understand how I went from accounting to graphic design to writing. What can I say? I use my ‘whole’ brain.
Since I’m a bit of a “Type A,” I like to plan and have things in order. Creating a writing schedule is easy for me. I use the Windows Calendar feature and schedule my writing. I also use a ‘regular’ calendar. Here are some other tools you can use:
- Windows Calendar
- Google Calendar
Use one or a combination of the above tools to help you stick to your writing schedule.
Let’s face it; writers are busy people. From raising kids to volunteering, a writing schedule is the perfect assistant because it helps you organize your writing projects. You won’t miss a deadline or stress out if a deadline is fast approaching.
How you can have more time
When take control of your writing schedule, you’ll have more time to do what you want to do. How do you do that? Keep reading.
It’s misleading to say that freelance writers and ghost writers are chained to their desks. You don’t have to work 50+ hours per week to earn a great living from writing.
You’re in charge of running your freelance writing business and get to decide how many clients you want to have. You don’t have to be like other freelancers and have 20-30 clients o make six figures per month.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have 2-5 high quality freelance writing or ghost writing clients?
This is my personal philosophy. I’d rather have 2-5 quality clients versus 20+ so-so clients.
It’s the same with your personal writing projects. You’re in charge of choosing the one that works for you right now. You don’t have to pursue every idea that pops into your head.
Think about your ideas before you begin writing. Otherwise, you could spin your wheels and fall out of love with your idea.
Your writing career is what you make of it. If you want more time, cut back on clients. If you want more time, work on one idea at a time versus developing three at a time.
So you see. You can have more time!
How to have more fun!
Once you get your writing schedule under control, you’ll have more fun. Why? Because you won’t be stressed out from trying to remember what project is due when. All you have to do is look at your writing schedule and you’ll know what you need to accomplish for the upcoming week.
What are you waiting for?
Create your writing schedule today and have more time and fun tomorrow!
What do you use to create your writing schedule? Share.
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