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Time Management for Writers

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Managing your work is a fool’s game because work is infinite. Good work only creates more work; in fact, bad work creates more work too.

So the more you work the more work you will have to do. It’s basic common sense that you can’t manage an infinite commodity.

What can you manage? Time.

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Time Management for Writers

  1. 1. Time Management for Writers The Stopwatch Method for Massive Creative Productivity
  2. 2. Time management should be easy. Time is a free force. It’s up for grabs. It just happens, whether you do anything about it or not. Time moves in its own way unless we somehow capture it.
  3. 3. The trick is where do you find that free time? Where do you find the time to get your most important work done every day?
  4. 4. Here’s the secret : Busy people make time, for the activities they decide to prioritize. Maybe you’d be surprised—or maybe not —that most people have no idea where the time goes.
  5. 5. Make the clock of life YOUR clock ! “The only chronograph I carry around with me is one that allows me to make life’s clock my clock : a stopwatch.”
  6. 6. The Stop Watch Method of Time Management The stopwatch method of time management is simple. You use it to capture time, to make sure that your Priority Writing Project is getting the amount of attention you want to give it to move it—and your career success—ahead with certainty.
  7. 7. The Stop Watch Method of Time Management Simply promise yourself you won’t go to sleep at night until, by hook or by crook, you’ve clocked on your stopwatch one hour of working on Priority Writing Project. Turn the stopwatch ON when you’re working on it, and OFF when you get interrupted. You steal time when you can: waiting at the dentist’s, commuting to the ferry, when your lunch appointment hasn’t shown up yet, when your cell phone dies, etc.
  8. 8. How do you know how much time to devote to your Priority Writing Project ?—or to any activity, for that matter The trick is to determine what the Optimum Attention Span (OAS) is for that Priority Writing Project.
  9. 9. At the start of any project, OAS tends to be smaller; as the project gains momentum and begins to appear reachable, your OAS expands. So when you start planning to write that novel, nonfiction books, or screenplay, give yourself 30-45 minutes on the stopwatch during the first week. But reassess OAS at the end of each week because OAS changes and evolves. Optimum Attention Span (OAS)
  10. 10. Isn’t it hard to work in fits and starts? The answer is that it’s actually easier to work that way than it is to work without stopping if you employ my time-management technique of linkage. You might very well ask that very good question.
  11. 11. How linkage works The phone rings, so you have to turn off your stopwatch. But you let it ring one or two more times, taking that time to make a mental decision about what you’ll do when your stopwatch is running again—that is, in your next Priority Writing Project stopwatch session.
  12. 12. And here’s an interesting secret: it doesn’t matter what decision you make when you turn the stopwatch back on. You’ve created an automatic linkage— that makes restarting no longer an occasion for blockage. Instead, you’re fully ready to jump in and get as much out of that next session as possible before it’s interrupted by life’s next distraction. How linkage works
  13. 13. The STOPWATCH METHOD will truly make the clock of life, YOUR clock! It’s the magic writing pill. PUBLISHING.COM Click here to learn more!