Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Strategic Productivity for Writers

 


 Strategic Productivity for Writers by Deborah Lyn Stanley

Time management is important for writers who want to get more work done each day. A strategic look at our day-to-day writing practice, work load and goals is, time well spent. A better work-life balance allows free time for ideas to flow and for other pursuits.
 
The benefits of better Time Management include:
A boost to your productivity
Minimizing stressors; both known and those unexpected surprises
Improved workflow management
Meeting deadlines more consistently

But How? Here are some adjustments you might make:
What’s on your plate for today? Start with a plan
Prioritize important tasks and time sensitive projects
Break down tasks into workable chunks
Limit distractions: meetings, email traffic. Say NO or reschedule.
Batch similar tasks or projects to better organize your time
Avoid multitasking—remain focused on the task at hand
Mark your calendar for undisturbed blocks of time by scheduling appointments with just you.
Delegate when possible.

It is helpful to review your day and summarize what worked, and what needs to change. Revise areas as required and make a list of all that worked well.
List the things to be addressed tomorrow.
Make note of what inspired you to keep writing today? Do it again!

Consider trying out The Pomodoro Technique: a focused writing time then breaks technique.


 
Or use the Eisenhower Matrix:


 

Links of Interest:
Upwork Time Management Strategies
https://www.upwork.com/resources/time-management-strategies  

USA EDU Time Management Techniques
https://www.usa.edu/blog/time-management-techniques/

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
Visit her My Writer’s Life website at: https://deborahlynwriter.com/   
Visit her caregiver’s website: https://deborahlyncaregiver.com/

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3 comments:

Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, thanks for these strategic tips on managing writing time. I love the Eisenhower Matrix tip: Not important - not urgent - delete it. I wish I had more of these types of to-dos!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Love your list of specific things to do!
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
HowtoDoItFrugally.com

Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

Thank you for these insights. Every writer (inclding me) is looking for tips on productivity to get the most mileage out of our limited time.

Terry
author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

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