You like writing. You love finding new ideas and putting them on paper.
But the way to crafting good content(s) can roughly take a couple of hours or … even more.
And content-management can be pretty time-consuming if you don’t know how to manage your time effectively.
How can you meet deadlines and write kick-ass contents?
Hard to answer, isn’t it?
If you want to know, then follow the guide…
A message to newbies: you’ve got to stop saying yes to everything.
You’re convinced that you have to accept any kind of assignments. Anytime.
No, you don’t.
I’m still on the look-out for new clients, but that doesn’t mean I will accept anything at ridiculous rates.
Moreover, if you think deep down that you screwed up by turning down an opportunity, it doesn’t matter.
You live, you learn.
Let’s be realistic for a minute. You can’t accept to write a 2000-word article for 25 euros … and for the day after.
Because you may waste your time writing junk content for a sloppy customer.
And because your time is precious. Use it when it’s really worth it.
As James Altucher once said: “If something is not a ‘Hell Yeah!’ then it’s a no.”
Distractions, #1 Time Management Killer
Well, every time we get to work, everything can be distracting.
You might complain and say that you’re constantly distracted.
But, there’s no reason to put the blame on someone else.
Just stop it, and avoid:
- reading Facebook and other desktop notifications
- checking your emails
- letting ad-hoc meetings happen
- downloading heavy programs or apps on your computer
If you give up those bad habits, you’ll notice a great improvement in your time management.
Take a break
Well, your brain is like a muscle.
Sometimes, it needs to stop working.
And contrary to widespread opinion, you won’t get your work better done if you keep working for hours.
That’s for workaholics or …
… people working for companies that tell them to do overtime, because it’s ethically good and rewarding.
Take a break from time to time.
For me, it usually means 15 minutes spent with watching through the window or listening to music.
This allows me to develop my focus and get stamina for other duties. So you will finish your tasks much faster than you think!
Plan & Track Your Time
You work better once you’ve figured out and planned your priorities.
It’s no secret, I know.
But that’s not all.
And if you started to track your time?
Now, we’re getting somewhere.
Every time I’ve got to write a copy, I know how long this should take (from doing researches to writing and editing my content).
And the best way to maintain the same level of productivity, it’s using time tracking tools such as Toogl.
It’s quite simple and you don’t necessarily have to buy the premium version.
You need to turn it on at the start of the task, and the app counts the minutes and hours spent on it.
That way, you can easily assess your time management and see if you’re lagging or meeting your deadlines.
Have you ever heard of Pomodoro?
Pomodoro means “Tomato” in Italian.
But that’s not my point.
Actually, The Pomodoro Technique is a time management trick developed in the 80s by E. Cirillo.
This technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
Basically, you must:
- choose a task to do
- set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes
- work on the task until the timer rings (this timer can be Toogl)
- check your work
- take a short break (+/- 5 mins)
- restart the whole process over again
Every 4 Pomodoro, take a longer break (+/- 15 mins)
You should then repeat that process throughout the workday.
It’s not easy to put it into practice, but once you got used to it, you definitely increase your productivity.
1440, the Golden Figure
As you know, there are 24 hours a day, and we tend to organize our life around them.
We tend to default to hour and half-hour blocks of time in our schedules.
But your day is a series of minutes: 1440, to be precise.
According to Jason Womack, we would definitely fix our time management issues by considering our days in minutes.
He even goes further…
In this video, he describes why you should think twice before someone asks you one minute of your time!
This may seem somewhat exaggerated.
But the idea is to think about your time in minutes.
Not hours. And not days.
Mind the minute-killers!