That’s right. I’m talking to you over-achievers out there. And to those of you that are inundated with responsibilities outside of your writing life.
After switching into a new job a couple months ago, I’ve found that my time for writing has shrunk and my energy and motivation have been steadily declining.
After reaching a point last week where I felt that I could no longer keep up with all my writing commitments, I took a step back and evaluated the situation. What was really going on here? Why couldn’t I prioritize my time correctly and get into a good writing rhythm?
Then it hit me: I was overwhelmed. I’d taken on too much and assumed I could make it all work. And what was more, I had so many writing commitments on my plate that didn’t truly interest me, that I was avoiding them. So, to remedy this issue, I started breaking down my writing commitment and created a guide for myself that I’d like to share with you.
Below is a breakdown of the percent of my writing time that I spend on different kinds of writing (to make sure my time spent writing is manageable, productive, and enjoyable), as well as a list of questions to ask yourself when you need to figure out what you should cut from your writing workload.
Writing Time Spent on Different Projects
I’ve found that most of my writing projects fall into three different categories. I’ve broken down the percent of my writing time that I spend (or would like to spend) on each category every week.
Passion Projects (35%)
Blog Posts/Projects with Deadlines (25%)
Paid writing (40%)
Note: there might be some overlap between these categories – which sometimes makes things easier – or harder – to prioritize.
I’ve found that when I stick to this sort of writing schedule, I’m a happier, more motivated writer.
What Happens When Something Has to Give?
Sometimes there’s just too much. Sometimes, you have to make the tough call and resign from that editor position or give up trying to squeeze an extra blog post in each week. To help you make the decision on what to give up when you need to let something slide, use the below list of questions to determine what is really important to you and what you should let slide.
- what makes you happy?
- what allows your writing to grow?
- what do you look forward to writing?
- are you under a contract?
- will you be letting anyone (including yourself) down if you don’t complete this?
The secret to being a great writer is loving your craft, devoting your time, and prioritizing your projects. Don’t let yourself get bogged down with uninspiring work or items that take up your time and leave no room for other projects.
Balance your writing life in order to let it grow.
Do you have any tips for prioritizing your writing time? Let us know in the comments below!