Five Time Management Tools for Writers

Some days, you might ask yourself, “Why do I still feel like I can’t get everything done?” Or “Why can’t I get any writing done?”

I’m going to make the assumption that everyone who reads this blog post is on Earth. That means we all have 24 hours a day. Those hours are broken into minutes, those minutes are broken into seconds.

While I am not debating the realities of time dilation, we  like to think time is relative. It’s not. We say time flies when you are having fun or drags when you’re not, but the truth is we all have 24 hours a day. And since I have become an adult, all time is moving too fast. Even Virgil agrees: fly

I lose chunks of time during the day. I have a house to keep, dogs to walk, and meals to cook. I have a curriculum and the accompanying handouts to write for my summer art courses. I have artwork and novels to create. While no one, not even me, cannot eliminate interruptions, we get a say on how much time we spend on them.

Here is how I keep myself productive:

1) Every Sunday night, I write weekly to do lists broken down by project.  

If I don’t get something done by the end of the week, it gets moved to the top of next week’s list.  And you will notice two items for the coming week. Last week’s list looked like:

To do: 1/19 – 1/24 

Other Systems Universe

TLSotM Reedit

  • Mon: Chap 26
  • Tues: Chap 27
  • Wed: Chap 28
  • Thur: Chap 29
  • Fri: Chap 30 – 31
  • Friday: Print out TLSotM manuscript (I’ve jury duty this week)

Short Stories

The PeaceKeeper

  • Add ghost of commander
  • Name dead soldier
  • Add screaming victim about the False King

Other

  • Dentist Wednesday Jan 21 @ 12
  • Page 2 Books – pick up cosigned books and check
  • Inventory
  • State and City Taxes

Websites/Social Media

  • Twitter Goal: 10,000 followers
  • Blog Post for Mon 1/26

2) Alarm! Alarm! Alarm!
When I am writing, I set an alarm on my phone so I remember to pick up my husband from work or run timed errands such as my dentist appointment.

3) Meal Plans

I keep a weekly meal plan on the kitchen calendar so cooking is easy. 

B: PancakesL: Hotdogs w Chips
D: Steak Kabobs
B: Quiche & Cros.
L: Work
D: Orange Chick
w Rice
B: Ham Scramble
L: Work
D: French Dips
B: Sand w/ham
L: Work
D: Tacos
B: Eggs & BaconL: Work
D: Quinoa Salad
B: Sand w/baconL: Work
D: Spaghetti & Meatballs
B: Biscuits & Gravy
L: Orzo Salad
D: Enchiladas

4) Scheduled Chores

I keep a schedule with weekly, monthly, and quarterly rotational chores. Monday is laundry, Tuesday is vacuuming, etc. 

5) Deadlines!
I use major conventions to act as deadlines both for writing and marketing projects.

So that’s how I get projects done, how do you do it?

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