If there was a title for the Queen of Procrastination, I’d win it. Most writers admit that they procrastinate on a regular basis but I think you get better at time management as you grow in the business. So several books down now, I am beginning to get better at adulting. After a terrible month of high anxiety and low productivity, I am getting my writing life back on track. Just as fitness experts suggest making small day to day changes to become more fit, I’ll suggest a few simple ways to increase daily writing/editing output.
- Put your phone off or on airplane mode for a certain amount of time every day. I do this in the evening when I know I can sit down and write for a longish stretch of time
- Be firm with people who expect you to give them time any hour of the day just because writing isn’t a ‘normal job’. The ones who matter will definitely understand.
- Stay active on social media — I think we authors need to be there and spend time engaging with readers and others in the industry. BUT cut down on scrolling time. You really don’t have to catch up on every tweet/post that you missed in the last two hours.
- Wake up earlier than usual. I never tell people to write early in the morning because I’m not a morning person AT ALL, but you could wake up early and get other stuff like household chores and admin tasks out of the way so that you have more time for writing later on.
- Try giving yourself daily deadlines. For example, on a day when I plan to write a chapter, I tell myself, “Sue, you need to finish one chapter by 8pm tonight.” Self imposed and short deadlines work well especially when you don’t have a publisher waiting for your manuscript.
Hope this helps 🙂