So, it’s time to
get back to basics and think about those time saving
techniques that are vital to being a productive
Whether you write
full- or part-time and whether your day job is at home
or outside the home, there are ways that you can make
the best of your writing time.
up on office supplies once a month so you don’t
run out in the middle of an
Periodically check office equipment
to make sure everything is in working order. It
would stink if you couldn’t print off that
manuscript for the publisher who just asked to
have it mailed overnight just because your
printer died yesterday.
realistic writing schedule and stick to
Maintain a weekly to-do list and
review it each night. Check off completed items
and make a plan for what you will work on
Eliminate distractions by setting a
time each day to check email and return phone
possible, invest in an eReader so that you can
supplement your reading with eBooks while
waiting in your doctor’s
notebook and pen/pencil everywhere you go so
you can jot down ideas wherever you
in small chunks. You would be surprised how
much you can accomplish by writing in
templates for press releases, invoices, and
article submissions so that you don’t lose time
creating a new document over
a submissions tracker with all pertinent
information, including whether you’ve been paid
for the assignment, so you can easily know what
you’ve sent out and what you’re waiting
every piece of paper only once. Read it, handle
it, file it/recycle it.
For Those Who
Work Outside the Home
to audio books during your morning and evening
commutes to supplement your
small stash of trade journals in your car or
briefcase to have handy during lunch hour or
while waiting in your doctor’s
your work in progress during your lunch
For Those Who
Work From Home
bunch of errands all at once so you aren’t
taking time away from your writing schedule
distractions like house cleaning. Your writing
time is for writing, not washing
have kids at home, set up a play area near your
desk so that you can keep an eye on the kids
and still get work done.
Just like you make
changes to your writing life to be more productive, you
can make changes to your home life that will give you
more writing time; or at the very least make you feel
not overwhelmed by all you have to do.
Encourage everyone to put their
things away as soon as they get in the door
(backpacks, coats, shoes,
Delegate some household chores to
your family. Author Loriann Hoff Oberlin has an
excellent age-appropriate list I in her
book, Working at Home While the Kids Are
everyone in the habit of cleaning up the living
areas before they go to bed.
cleaning supplies on every level of your home
to make clean up time easier.
every piece of mail only once. Read it, handle
it, file it/recycle it.
Discourage clutter by periodically
going through toys, books, and clothes and
donating what is no longer wanted or needed. I
usually do this after summer and after
a menu with a month’s worth of meals so that
you can plan your shopping
bulk to cut back on grocery shopping trips.
This will save on gas too.
multiple meals or larger meals and freeze
single serving size portions to be used
slow cooker so that you can fix-it and
forget-it. Freeze single serving size portions
With these time
saving tips, you can be a more productive writer. You’ll
not only accomplish more, you’ll have more time to
Stop spinning your
wheels. Get back to the basics and be a more productive
Author: Cheryl C.
Malandrinos is a freelancer who specializes in time
management and organization for writers. She has also
written articles on everyday life in the 1800’s,
gardening, parenting, and women’s health issues.
Cheryl is also a virtual book tour coordinator for
Pump Up Your Book Promotion. You can find out more
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