Many writers simply take on too much. Given technology and the internet, we are encouraged to be plugged in a lot! So, we’re tempted to be part of every blog challenge, job fair or whatever comes our way. We just overload ourselves to the point of complete exhaustion.
I’ve been there. And I still get all carried away once in a while if I’m careful not to focus on my major writing goals. But, I’m a lot better than I was three years ago when I took on everything and anything. But then I joined the Working Writer’s Club in 2009. I listened to many Teleclasses that were presented about organizing and prioritizing my writing tasks. It took me a year for everything to sink in. But when it did, I approached my writing very differently.
The very first thing I learned in one of Suzanne Lieurance’s first teleclasses is not to always be doing too many things but to always focus on my three main goals. So, from then on, every day when I start writing, I work on only one of my writing goals for the quarter and try to finish that one goal before I move onto the next one. I got so much accomplished using this logic. And I have never looked back since.
Here are a few more tips to ensure that you don’t take on too much.
1. Don’t sign up for every blog challenge that comes your way, unless it relates to one or more of your three main goals.
2. Say NO often. Many writers just take on whatever comes their way. But before you say YES reflect on why you’re saying YES. Step back before agreeing to take on any more than you are already doing.
3. Be selective with what new challenges you accept, even if they will further your three main goals. If you do too much, you will exhaust yourself and you won’t be able to do much quality writing. So, don’t overload yourself.
4. Reflect and focus on your three main writing goals at all times. Don’t fidget and have your attention splayed all over the place.
5. Write your three main goals on a piece of paper and tack them above your computer. Work on those goals when you sit down to write every day.
By following these tips, you’ll be taking steps to not take on too much. You’ll also be much more successful and less exhausted as a result.
Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer
Teen and Tween Specialist