Today I want to take a second to reflect on how much I can get done in a week. Because sometimes I even surprise myself.
I work 50 hours a week at my day job. I spend time every day cleaning something in the house (laundry, dishes, picking up toys, etc.) I cook dinner a few times a week and clean it up. I also find time to spend with my partner and our children.
On top of all of those ‘normal people’ things, I get a lot of things done in the writer world. I do marketing and social media, I write three blog posts, I write 2500 words in my work in progress, and I edit at least six chapters a week on other projects. I do several hours of craft research (books, newsletters, videos, etc.) And I find time to read for pleasure as well.
If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be working this much and not feel exhausted or overwhelmed – I would have laughed at you. My measly 400 words a week back then did me in on occasion. But I’ve worked my way up to this level of productivity and I deserve a self pat on the back 🙂
How do I do it? Well, the first step is to set yourself with specific and measurable goals. If I didn’t have self-imposed deadlines, I wouldn’t know how many words or chapters I needed to get through in a week. If I didn’t assign myself reading to learn more, I wouldn’t do it. So it’s all in the planning. I have the entire year set out with specific goals for each month and quarter.
More important than the goals are the rewards. The reason you need small goals to reach bigger ones is so you can feel accomplished more often and it drives you to keep going. My rewards are special dinner or desserts or a rest day of working out (because oh, yeah, I work out three times a week too :)) Whatever motivates you, use it as a reward at the end of the month or quarter.
I’m going to expand on this more in an article on Medium – I’ll link to it when it’s done. But I’d love to hear from you if you have tactics to stay productive.
Thanks for reading. Check back Thursday for more of my editing tips.