One of my biggest fears, as a writer, is of losing momentum once I’m on a “writing roll”.  But more often than not my momentum is displayed as sporadic mini bursts of plot weaving and word wrangling followed by a quiet keyboard and blinking cursor.  So today, as I sat here memorizing the cursor rhythm, I began to explore why this was the case.

In doing this I realized that by wearing several hats (i.e mother, wife, employee, employer, blogger, author reviewer, etc.) I was not utilizing my skills in organizing and prioritizing effectively with regard to and specifically for writing.  I rationalized that from 7:30 to 3 pm I was an employee and with those established parameters I was able to shift into employee mode and maintain productivity in that capacity.

With that logic, I deduced that establishing and adhering to a daily/weekly writing schedule would facilitate consistent progress on my projects and content development.  And I needed a plan to help me work “smarter” not “harder”.  So in an effort to pre-schedule more blog content, I have listed several titles/topics that I wish to address in the coming weeks (1 being a 2 part piece on the author business and marketing plan!).  Then I made a list of the social networks that need my attention on a daily basis, along with the number of “works in progress”, rewrites and reading projects that need to be completed.

From this information I gained the ability to carve-out time for different tasks for the week. (See Sample Schedule):

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6-7a Social Media focus 6-7a Social Media focus 6-7a Social Media focus 6-7a Social Media focus
7:30-4:30p

Unavailable

7:30-5p

Unavailable

7:30-5p

Unavailable

7:30-5p

Unavailable

4:30-5:30p Social Media Check-up 5:30-6p Social Media Check-up 5:30-6p Social Media Check-up 5:30-6p Social Media Check-up
6p-9p

***READING BLOCK****

6p-9p

***WRITING BLOCK****

6p-9p

***READING BLOCK****

6p-9p

***WRITING BLOCK****

This is just a tentative schedule that would allow me time to wind down from working outside of the home or dealing with the family and effectively refocus my attention to other writing tasks.

The overall goal is to set a time to focus on specific tasks so that you can be and maintain productivity.  So whatever your “writer task” are, keep in mind that writing has to be your primary focus.  Otherwise your are a dreamer and never really shift into being a writer.

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About this posts author: 

Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives. 

Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.

And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror. 

You can Friend her on Facebook, tweet with her @BorrowMyMBA, or send her an email via info@borrowmymba.com.

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