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Time Management For Writers

Time management is difficult.
Especially when you have lived much of your life without it.
Many creative types, such as writers and artists, often struggle with this issue.
It's especially true for the younger ones, who tend to rely on inspired moments to produce their most poignant work.
Since you can't will inspiration to come at the most convenient time, they end up staring blankly at their workspaces, unable to put together anything.
Truth is, even creative work can be pursued without the need to wait for a "muse" to flutter by.
Sure, it may not be as easy to "push through" as when you have to crunch numbers on a spreadsheet, but it's something people have been doing for the longest time.
Here are a few tips:
  • Treat it like a job.
    You know how when you're being paid to go to work, you keep leaving for the office every morning even if you ain't feeling it? That's how you should be writing.
    Maybe you aren't as productive as you'd like to be, but keep plugging at it, regardless of how "lazy" or "uninspired" or "not in the mood" you are.
  • Do nothing else.
    If you find yourself unable to concentrate during writing, try to limit your distractions.
    Turn off the TV, close the web browsers and eliminate all other things that can steal away you attention.
  • Stick to a schedule.
    The more you stick to a schedule, the better you'll get at being able to work when you need to.
    In fact, it will likely grow into a habit that you just "do" everyday.
  • Don't overhaul your process.
    We all have our own way of writing.
    If you're considering adopting some good advice you heard, make sure to integrate that as part of your current process, rather than overhauling it altogether.
    Nothing kills productivity than being taken out of your element.
    Add new things slowly, so as not to upset any balance your current structure affords you.
  • Use tools.
    Software-based writing tools save thousands of writers hours upon hours each day.
    Make sure to find ones that fit your work patterns and put them to good use.

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