As writers, we have more to do than just writing. We have to build our brand, develop a platform, connect with potential readers… the list can feel endless. And that is on top of all the normal everyday life stuff such as working, taking care of the family etc.
So, how do you manage to do all those extra tasks that are part and parcel of a writer’s journey?
A Writer’s Life
A number of writers have told me about the difficulty and overwhelm of trying to keep all these tasks going.
After all, we need to be running blogs, connecting with other writers and readers, marketing before the book’s even finished, spending time on social media, starting up a newsletter… who has time for all that?
Little and Often
The best method, I have found, is to think about every aspect that needs your attention – for example, social media platforms, blogs and newsletter do small amounts, little and often.
If you sit and list all areas that need your attention, you are bound to be overwhelmed. Here’s a list of mine (currently, as I’m going to be adding more soon):
- Instagram – Feed
- Instagram – Stories
- My Blog posts
- Guest posts
That is a lot of platforms and areas that need my attention.
So what is a Commitment List?
A Commitment List is where you have a set of tasks you commit to doing as a minimum.
Yes, maybe the best thing is to tweet 15 times a day, maybe you even want to aim for that. But you would set your Commitment list to state, say, Tweet 5 times a day.
The idea behind it is that you build up a habit of do-able tasks that keep you visible and relevant. You stick to what you know you can do, even on bad days or busy days etc.
This way you are moving forward but not overstretching yourself.
However, as I said, the purpose of the Commitment List is to be the minimum you have to do. So make it easily achievable. Then aim for doing more than this.
My Commitment List
Here’s my (current) Commitment List. I have it in a prominent place to act as a constant reminder of what I need to be able to do.
I mostly exceed this list but it’s nice to have it as a driving force. It lets me ease off if I need to, but keep making developments.
You can create Commitment List’s for anything – your writing schedule, your chores, whatever you want.
Do you have a Commitment’s List?