This post was written specifically for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop.
The main thing that’s been on my mind lately; well, aside from a semi-constant feeling of failure, has been ways of getting myself more organised about my writing in the hopes that I’ll start making progress sometime soon. And so, for this month’s #AuthorToolboxBlogHop post, I thought I’d look at some of the options I’m using or considering.
NB. Although I might mention some specific programs or applications, don’t take this as any particular endorsement. You find what works for you.
Since my job keeps me out of the house close to 11 hours per day (when you include the commute) and I also try to help my wife with our home business, there are limitations on the time I have to get things done. I expect many of you have similar situations.
The first thing I’ve done is get an app for my phone which allows me to set and track daily tasks. I chose one called Productive although there were plenty of others. I like this one because it lets me select what part of the day I should be doing them, if I want to be reminded at a certain time, and tracks how often I’ve successfully completed said tasks. So far, it’s helped me break down the things I want to do day in, day out; without feeling too overwhelmed.
I’ve also tried to devote specific times to writing. I know that I should technically be using any and all free time to writing but lately I’ve found that if I’m not specific then I’ll tell myself I have time, that I’ll do it later and then it doesn’t happen. So, while I still tend to most of my work later at night, I also set aside some time during my lunch break at work to get some writing in. Which brings me to my next point.
A lot of the work I do during those lunch breaks is handwritten and a lot of it has been fragmentary. Since I use Scrivener to type up my work, I’ve started using it’s folder system to file these fragments according to either character, location, scene or just a general unsorted for the ones I haven’t decided about yet. It’s proven to be a lot easier since it keeps all of those fragments in one single file, which is both easier to edit and easier to back-up.
The final thing, and I’ll admit to having limited success with this part, is using the additional time at the weekends to try planning and preparing additional tasks, such as blog posts and the like. In theory, that should mean it leaves the ‘free’ time through the week purely for writing. So far, that’s not always the case but I do have to have some semblance of a life…
I’m still looking for ways to improve my productivity and efficiency so any comments and suggestions are welcome.
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