Working from home as a writer isn’t easy sometimes, especially when you don’t know what to write about.
You can sit there for ages thinking “Should I start a new ebook? Write more blog posts? Do some marketing? Spend time on social media?” And in the end, if you have no plan then you can end up doing nothing.
So how can you get past this “blank page” syndrome where you want to write but you just don’t know what to do?
Well, I’ll tell you about a really simple thing I started doing that has doubled my writing income and it just keeps on working.
And it seems like such a small and insignificant thing to do but you won’t believe the difference it makes until you try it.
In a nutshell, it’s forward planning. It’s knowing what you’re going to be working on every day.
The way I do it is like this:
I have a desktop diary. It has a page for every day. At the start of the week (Monday morning, or sometimes Friday afternoon or Sunday night) I write in my diary everything I have to do for the next week.
I write out what I’ll be working on and for how long.
Mostly I try and not give myself more than 3 to 5 hours of work to do in a day. That way, if something takes longer than I think, I have extra time in the day to get it done.
I also write non-writing things in the diary like “book tickets to the show” “make a doctor’s appointment.” If it needs doing I write it in the diary so I don’t forget.
I then do my best to stick to my weekly plan. I try not to be too rigid and hard on myself about it though. Sometimes if I run out of time to get it all done, I roll things over until the next day. But by the end of the week, it all has to be done. Even if it means working at the weekend. And sometimes that HAS happened.
But I have to give credit where credit is due. I got this idea from Ben Settle after listening to one of his podcasts. He is a copywriter and email specialist and he writes a lot so it was interesting when he talked about his weekly plans.
He doesn’t use a diary though. Instead he uses 3x5 note cards. But just like me he crosses items off when he finishes them.
So give it a try.
Sit down and write out a weekly plan at the beginning of the week, or at the end of the previous week.
Then work your way through your list, doing your best to stay on track and on target.
I used to make daily plans and write down what I had to do each day at the end of the previous day.
But daily didn’t work. I need more of a plan than that. I need to know what I’ll be working on all week, that way I have a longer-term goal.
And I try and publish something every day, even if it’s just a short blog post.
Working my way through my weekly to-do list helps me stay on track because I haven’t got time to idly surf the internet or get caught up reading online articles that aren’t going to help me get through my list.
Instead I have to keep working because I need to get things finished so that I can get onto the next thing on my to-do list.
This way of working is so simple yet you won’t believe how powerful it can be.
That’s why you really need to try it.
Sit down and write out everything you need to work on for the rest of the week and write how long it will take.j
Then work your way through your list.
It has really helped to increase my writing income and it will help you too.
I guarantee it.
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