I have so much work on at the moment with my main job and my freelance writing career, that I sometimes struggle to work out what would be the best use of my time. Maybe it will help if I lay all my ‘freelance writing tasks’ on the table in a list:
- I set myself the challenge to learn a new writing tip daily and blog about it to teach others. I enjoy this and am committed to this blog and my readers. That’s 1-2 hours a day to research, write and edit a 200-600 word blog post.
- There’s my Daily Writing Tips online freelance writing course (which I am falling behind on). I desperately want to focus my time on the suggested techniques for others to recognise me as a writer (and of course there’s the ‘how to earn money’ bit as well!).
- A company called OpenLeaf have presented me with writing and blogging opportunities amongst other things. This will make money for me once everything is set up – but I need to spend more time working on this (follow this link if you want to read My OpenLeaf Journey blog).
- I have produced an article for Technorati but it’s been rejected. They’ve been nice about it though and said that I just need to amend it to make it into a ‘news’ or ‘news opinion’ article. I need time to think and plan that.
- I have other blogs that I want to update – both personal ones and work ones.
- I’d like to start guest blogging to get my writing noticed on established websites or blogs.
- I need to make the best use of my Google AdSense account.
- I would love to spend more time on my website, ensuring that I present myself and examples of my work in the right way.
I’m sure there are other things I can’t think of right now, but just writing down everything has made me feel better. What I do know is that I have come a long way in six months since starting this blog. Back then, I only had a couple of things on my list ‘consider writing articles for magazines’ and ‘finish writing my book’ (which I completed in August this year and it’s currently being reviewed by OpenLeaf Publishing).
Things have spiraled out of control since then, with life presenting me with so many opportunities which I am very grateful for. I should be happy with what I have achieved since 30 April 2011 when I opened this blog mywritingnotebook ready for Note 1 on 1st May 2011.
The way forward
I have a writing plan right here above me and as long as I manage my time effectively there is no reason why I cannot achieve all of the above. It’s not just about making lists – it’s about prioritising what my most important tasks are on that list.
Thanks for listening!
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Please visit www.sandramadeira.com for more information on my services as a freelance writer.
My other blogs:
My OpenLeaf Journey
My Tips and Luxuries website
(includes the introduction to my upcoming book ‘A Gift for Stressed and Busy Parents’)
Twitter: @madeirasandra @tipsandluxuries @OpenLeafJourney
Daily Writing Tips – www.dailywritingtips.com
OpenLeaf Publishing – www.OL-Publishing.co.uk
Technorati – www.technorati.com
Google AdSense – www.google.com/adsense
- Note 174 – How writers can earn money using Google AdSense (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Note 167 – How to write for Technorati (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Note 161 – Your web presence as a freelance writer (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
I think what tends to help me most is just taking that leap, and getting started on a project. Much of not accomplishing something in my life has to do with just not starting in the first place. If I sit down, and jump right in, then I’m pretty much always going to finish.
Thanks Christian – I like that concept of ‘jumping straight in’. I think you are right – if you never actually start something (but instead just talk about it) it will never get done. Starting something gives you more chance of finishing it.
Thanks for the comment