When a New Year comes around, I like to look back at my methods from the last year. This is a great way to give myself some perspective. After all, the last thing I want to do is enter a sparkling new year with old, unproductive habits dragging me down.
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?
Recently I wrote a post about How my new schedule made me super productive, which became quite the popular post. Now that article was specific about how I block my time for certain tasks which has allowed me to get larger amounts of work done and also increased my focus (believe me, I was a true scatterbrain normally). Apparently, I was not alone when dealing with the issue of focus and I received feedback from people both on this blog and in emails from people telling me the difficulty they have in getting things done. I decided today's topic was going to discuss some advice I have for aiding focus and being more productive in general.
While you don’t have to be the most organised person to be a writer, I swear that it is DOES help to be able to manage your time efficiently. Before we even move on to being organised in your writing, we need to think about the bigger picture (awful cliché but sometimes the bad ones work best!).