by Suzie Eller
You are working on a project, sort of. You are on the computer a lot. You’re writing words. Yet when Friday rolls around, you admit that another week went by and you didn’t write that proposal or query or article or series of blog posts.
In today’s Tuesday Tip, let’s discern what is writing versus doing those things that mimics writing.
1. Create a deadline
Maybe you don’t have an impending deadline. There’s not an editor waiting. There’s no red circle on your calendar. Set a deadline anyway. Create a realistic and doable deadline.
- A deadline might look like: Listen to one COMPEL training by next Tuesday (add date).
- A second deadline might be: Write 1000 words this week in my book project.
- A third deadline might be: Create a blogging calendar for the next two weeks.
- Following that, it could be: Pre-post two blog posts by Friday.
Setting deadlines signals to you and others that this is a real calling or job.
2. Limit social media to specific times of the day
Social media is a powerful tool in ministry. It’s also a time thief. You may log on to share a jpg and encouragement or pray for those sharing or visiting, and then you see a picture of those cute kids or that funny video. Soon, you’ve spent an hour when you meant to spend 15 minutes.
Schedule ministry social media time into your work day. For some, that’s early in the morning when the children are asleep. For others, it might be two 15-minute increments a day. These targeted times are focused times.
3. Create structure
A full-time writer juggles marketing, writing projects, blogging, social media, and perhaps speaking. Create specific times for each. You can compartmentalize by day. Monday is writing blog posts. Tuesday is query day. Thursday is marketing. If this doesn’t work for you, come up with a schedule that does.
Set a specific amount of time for each task. This is not a rigid structure, but it does create a professional working calendar. It also offers focus.
Take a moment to think about what actually takes away time from your writing? Leave a comment on the COMPEL blog about your biggest energy and time waster. Once you’ve identified it, think about what you will do differently. Will you delete social media apps from your phone, turn off your internet, put your phone on silent or invest in a good babysitter?
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