How to Reach Your Writing Goals With One Simple Time Management Tool

How to Reach Your Writing Goals With One Simple Time Management Tool
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How to Reach Your Writing Goals With One Simple Time Management Tool

Are you ready to reach your writing goals? You have your writing goals figured out for the year. But now you just need to figure out how to accomplish them.

Maybe you're trying to get back into the swing of writing. Or maybe you're reaching for better and bigger goals this year. Whatever the case may be, you'll need some help. That's where time management comes in.

We already know that if we want to start working toward our writing goals, we'll need to make writing a priority. And maybe that means putting some tasks on the backburner for now. But we can't always neglect every responsibility; some activities still need our attention whether we like it or not.

So, how do we work toward our writing goals and make progress?

It's all about getting our tasks coordinated in a manageable schedule. Part of being productive and making the most of our time is figuring out how to organize our schedule so that we can be as efficient and effective as possible. When we're short on time, we don't have time to waste. We can't spend time on things that don't really require our attention, and some things just need to be pushed aside so we can start reaching our goals.

For some people, creating a manageable schedule that also supports their writing goals can be tricky. When I managed our free-range egg farm with 500 hens, there were a lot of variables that affected my schedule, and I had to use trial and error to figure out what worked best for me and my situation. So, you have to figure out what works best for you and work within the confines of your particular situation.

The good news is that you don't have to get it all figured out right away; that's the beauty of trial and error. Your schedule can evolve as you learn what works for you.

So, when figuring out your own schedule, develop one and see how it goes. And then make adjustments as needed. If something isn't working for you, change it.

Here are some questions that will help us figure out a manageable schedule:

  • What is it that I want to achieve?
  • How can I make sure that I'm giving myself time, whether it's 10 minutes or 4 hours, to work on the things that I enjoy?
  • What is most important to me and how can I prioritize my tasks so that the things I care about are getting done?
  • What time of day works best to write?
  • When am I most productive and focused?

Decide what you think will work best and how much time you can spend on writing, researching, and revising. Also, set aside time to connect with other writers and readers on social media. Now is the time to start building your writer's platform and developing relationships with others who share similar writing and reading interests.

Try out your new schedule for a week and see how it goes. Keep in mind that doing something new may be difficult and strange at first, but once you have developed a habit with your schedule, it will get easier. You'll see it as part of your routine rather than another chore that needs your attention. The important thing is making sure you're making progress every week so you can reach your writing goals.

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Jody Calkins

Freelance Writer & Book Editor at Emery Road Writing Services, LLC
Jody Calkins is a Freelance Writer & Book Editor, Writer's Coach, Content Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Pilot's Wife. Her unique talent is as a Back-to-Basics Step-By-Step Writing Expert who currently serves hundreds of clients in over 50 countries. Her editing services and training programs help novelists improve their writing skills, get motivated to write, improve productivity and time management, and battle self-doubt and other roadblocks. She works with middle-grade, young adult, and adult books in a variety of genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Self-Help.
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