The Daily Schedule


Posted On Jul 16 2014 by
Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons - Oliver Quinlan
Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons – Oliver Quinlan

If you’re going to go into business for yourself, writer, then you have to to what real businesses do: set schedules.

Yes, I know. Yuck. Schedules are for the 9 to 5 road warriors. Not you. You are an art-teest.

Artists starve. Not you. You are Me, Inc. And Me, Inc. is in this for the long haul. Remember, as an indy, you won’t have a publisher breathing down your neck to hit a deadline. You have to breathe down your own neck. Yeah, it’s as hard as it sounds.

You know what you’re capabilities are, so be honest. Can you write 500 words a day? 1000? How many hours do you have available? After you give up TV? Are you writing novels only? Short stories? Ariticles?

I like to divide my time up in one hour increments. If you’re weird, feel free to divide yours up in 23 minute increments. But let’s say you have three hours during the day in which you can devote time to some part of your business. Use the time before the kids get up. Lunch. The evening. Whatever you can find (but do give yourself time to stare off into space or even sleep).

Here’s how I schedule my time:

Weekdays

Lunch hour: Plotting for the next book

6-7pm: Side work (online marketing for Hensley Mfg. and others)
7-8pm: Writing for the current wip. Target is 1500 words.
8-9pm: Edit previous wip.

Saturdays

8-10am: Side work (these pay now, so don’t pass ’em up if you’ve got the time).

3-5pm: Write newsletter serial episodes, blogs for the week, or take care of other business needs. Obviously, weekends are flexible. This is the time to catch up.

Sundays

Before church: write a blog post or read other blogs.
After church: chill man, it’s Sunday. But keep the notebook handy.

And it’s that simple. Plan out your time. Yes, there will be interruptions. My 1500 words a day would give me more than I need after two months, but I’m planning for date nights with my wife, graduations, etc.

Which is why you should also set medium-term goals. More on that next time.

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Last Updated on: July 15th, 2014 at 7:22 am, by Ron


Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.


4 responses to “The Daily Schedule

  1. This is good. I have a schedule, but need to better assign it to specific tasks. Currently my schedule looks something like this:

    Weekdays:
    6-7am: Check and respond to messages; make daily list
    8:30-9am: Prepare workspace (finish dishes, sort piles, start laundry, etc.)
    9am-2pm: WORK

    The rest of my time is spent on family activities, chores and ministry.

    I’d like to split that schedule up into more specific buckets of platform building (marketing), client work and personal work. Of course, all bets are off until September. With my kids home full-time for the next two months my schedule currently looks like this:

    Try to enjoy these moments.
    Refuse to lose mind.
    Remember to feed them.

    • One must be flexible if one wishes to remain gainfully married. No doubt about that. You’ll notice I don’t really specify times for tasks like marketing, blogging, etc. This will have to change once I launch my first book in November. My youngest kid just graduated high school and will be off to college in August (yikes…next month), so yeah, I have more time now, even though I complain that I don’t. And, as I’ve often told my wife, I’ve yet to see a kid starve in a house full of food. Let ’em hunt and gather their own from time to time.