Memphis Christian writers learn valuable time management techniques in this next series from Doc Hensley.
“Time is the stuff of which life is made.” – Ben Franklin
Don’t be one of those people who intends to become a writers once the time is right. This is the only time you will ever have. If you plan to make your mark as a writer, you will need to start now. This series will give you the plans and tools necessary to set your goals and maximize the use of your time. Get started now!
How to Make Time for Writing
1. Reduce Interruptions
A. Learn to say “no” to people without feeling guilty
B. Abandon the day-long “open door” policy
C. Communicate point blank with people about your privacy needs
D. Control your working environment-if the decor distracts you, change it; if there is traffic in the hall, close and lock the door; if there is noise outside, use the drone of a dehumidifier or an FM radio station played low as “white noise.”
E. Assemble all of your supplies in advance of a job; don’t bob up and down out of your chair to go locate a pencil or scissors or a cup of coffee; sit and work.
F. Plan a work PAUSE of five minutes per half hour rather than a long half hour coffee break each morning and afternoon; this will refresh you , yet not make you need to re-orient yourself completely to the project you were working on.
G. Build in some slack time to help you deal with the daily unexpected/unavoidable interruptions (leave one half hour appointment open; come back from lunch 20 minutes early).
Copyright@2002 by Dennis E. Hensley; excerpt taken from The 21st Century Writing Series #3 and used with permission.
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