Time Management for a Freelance Writer

Being in charge of your own schedule can be good and bad. On the one hand, you don’t have to work specific hours that someone else sets, on the other hand, you have to figure out when you will work. Discipline is a necessity in the freelance writing business, just like in any other self-employment situation. Time management is a live and learn issue when it comes to freelance writing, however. It may take a while before you figure out a schedule that will be productive for your creative process.

Depending on the type of person you are, you might need to work during a “peak time” of the day. Some writers are most productive at noon, some early in the morning, and some a night. Plan hours that you know will not leave you sleepy, starving or distracted at the computer. (Location may play a role in distraction, but then again the time of day can make it easier or harder to tune things out.)

Another time management tip for a writer is to plan a set number of words/articles/queries you want to complete within a certain time-frame. This can be a daily, weekly, or monthly goal, to start, but it is best to narrow it down as a daily productivity goal. If you already have a number of projects with deadlines, that will make it easier to plan. Trouble comes when you don’t have pressing deadlines to tend to, so you should create your own. Writing a certain amount on a regular basis ought to be a habit, after all, that is how you will make your living.

It is important to schedule time off. Don’t try to write laboriously 24/7. Rest, eat, shower, have fun, and work other areas of your brain often. You will find that this will actually help your writing productivity. Tearing yourself away from the computer once in a while will allow you a chance to miss your work. “Like they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

You are in charge of your time, so take advantage of that control. Success is totally up to you.

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  1. Thanks again, for another insightful entry. I never really considered how to set about being disciplined other than time schedule. Thinking about how much I want to accomplish in that time frame is as important as setting a time frame, as I now see. Thanks!

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