Effective time management skills may seem more appropriate for a Fortune 500 executive than a freelance writer, but creative people may need good time management tools and habits more than anybody else on the planet.
Think about it - we are busy, creative people with obsessive tendencies who are interested in everything, who may fixate on a new idea or task and forget everything else or who may be distracted by almost anything in our environment. Most of us have to write in odd moments while holding a full-time job and/or raising a family.
To make things worse, we're writing in a constantly changing environment, with markets that are evolving and an industry that provides less editing and marketing support to writers. We have to take on many of the promotional and marketing tasks which were previously handled for us by publishers.
Oh, and did I mention that many of us are novices, beginners who are on the steep part of the learning curve, where every task seems to take more time than we expected, and we experience more failures than successes, whether we're writing a first novel, self-publishing the first book of poems, or just stumbling through the revision process? Even established writers have to be lifelong learners who are constantly experimenting and trying something new in order to keep their writing fresh or to keep up with changes in the market.
If you can't manage your time effectively, how on earth are you going to get your writing done? You need tools and skills.
CREDITS - Artwork
- "Man Typing" by wesd440. <https://openclipart.org/detail/220395/Man-Typing>
- "busy busy busy" by cactuscowboy <https://openclipart.org/detail/290725/busy-busy-busy>