This morning I was reading discussions on LinkedIn and came across a post about time management tips for writing essays. It was full of good points, including making a schedule and taking time to do research before you begin to write the essay. That’s the link above, in case you want to read it. I started thinking about the post though and made a comment that some of you might find interesting.
Here is what I wrote on the LinkedIn discussion page:
Also, allow extra time for anything unforeseen that may happen (family member gets sick, last-minute project, etc.)
Here’s the thing about writing, at least from my experience. It’s all well and good to plan out your time management techniques for a project, such as writing an essay, but can you prepare for everything? It is inevitable that things pop up. C’est la vie and all that. There’s the flu bug, the last-minute deadline you didn’t see coming and the time you overslept by two hours. Yes, what you can expect is… the unexpected happens.
As well, time management and writing don’t always play well together. Especially when it comes to creative writing. I can’t always sit down and write a poem. Why? I’m not always full of ideas. So I might head to Pinterest as I did recently to get inspiration for my poem A Hunger For. But, it’s certainly not a guarantee that I will write something I am content with to publish. On the other hand, I can plan out on my calendar the business blog posts I need to write within the next three days and the other deadlines.
What I have found helpful in freelance writing for time management is to allow more time to complete tasks than I think I may need. For example, I recently told a client that I would need seven days to complete a project for his site. What I factored into the deadline that I proposed to him was how many hours it would take me, the other projects I was balancing that week and two extra days on top of that. He accepted my proposal and the project began.
Yes, did you catch that? I allowed for two days of mayhem. That’s two days more than what I thought I needed to do the project well. What happened in the end? I finished the project one day ahead of schedule. The client was happy as the work was done early, and I was not under the stress of a last-minute deadline. Also, note that it took one extra day than I had planned because another project came last-minute. So, allowing extra time is something I try to do, when possible, if it is not a rush project.
Do you find time management in your writing day is easy to organize?
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