Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Being Held Accountable

One of the difficulties of working as a writer is staying motivated enough to write. Having a client assignment helps, because you have an order to fulfill by a specific deadline. But, sometimes it seems that there are so  many life events happening, and it's easy enough to let yourself be overwhelmed and say:"I don't have time to write."  So over time, I've put in place a number of mechanisms that helps keep me on track. Here are some of them:

1. Develop a monthly plan - each month I update my records of projects I'm contracted for that month, projects that are coming through and self-initiated projects I want to do. That way I know what I need to do each month and what it takes to do it. 

2. Review each week and plan for the next - Every Friday I review the previous weeks' projects and update my schedule for the next week. Sometimes I do this alone, and sometimes I do this with a friend who is a small business owner. Her participation helps bring some objectivity to the process.

3. Share my schedule with a friend - I found that doing a "To Do" list was easy enough. The difficulty was sticking to it. So every day I email my to do list to a friend and she reviews it ( I do the same for her). That way, she can give me a talking to if a line item keeps cropping up and doesn't get finished/if I'm feeling down that day/not motivated to work on a specific task.

So what do you do to stay on track with your projects (whether writing related or not)?


Pamela Moeng said...

I think you have cracked the time management/motivation challenge. I love the idea of sharing the to-do list with a friend so that if you need a butt-kicker you've built one into the process! Can I send my to-do list to you? :-) I'm sure Tiah, Po and some of the other followers also have some good ideas to share on this topic. Can't wait to read them.

Damaria Senne said...

Ja, I'd love to hear how other people deal with the time-management/motivation issue. I'm happy to review your "to do" list and do some butt-kicking when required:-)

Rebecca A Emrich said...

For me it is really about what is happening in teh month. I have a larger monthly calender which I have up and use that.

I colour code it for better reference.

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