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Time Management for Writers an Introduction

When someone utters the words “Time Management” there are normally two types of reactions. Some cringe or roll their eyes. These folks are either so tired of hearing about how they should be doing things that they just don’t care anymore. Nothing they’ve tried has worked and they’re just done with the whole concept of time management. Who can blame them? Many time management guides and gurus require you to modify your personality to fit their structured program. That’s just not going to happen, right?

The other reaction is to smile and feel a bit of curiosity. These folks are ready, willing, and anxious for some tips that actually work. They are either new to the concept of time management, or they’ve tried a few things and they have worked so they’re ready for more insight and helpful tips.

Both reactions are normal and to be honest, depending on the day, you may have felt both reactions.

This report is designed to help you create a time management system that works for you. No personality change is required! (Though you may have to modify some habits.)
What is Time Management?

Time Management, as it is discussed and addressed in this report, is about living your best life. It’s about having time to focus on your essential tasks, skills, and passions. It’s about streamlining your practices and business tasks into systems that you can manage yourself quite quickly and efficiently - or you can hand them off to someone else to manage and trust that the job will be done to your satisfaction. You see, when you create systems, they are repeatable and can be used successfully by anyone time and time again.

Time management is not forcing you to use a software, practice or tool that doesn’t fit your personality, needs, or preferences. For example, one commonly suggested tactic for creating website content quickly is to use a standard egg timer to help you stay focused and on task. Well that might work for some, but if you don’t work well under pressure that time is simply going to drive you batty.

Other people recommend using a structured planner with a priority rating system to track your daily tasks. This method works very well for structured people; however, if you’re a creative person, this structure may feel too confining and be completely ineffective.

In this series on Time Management, I will touch upon the most important aspects as well as bring you some solutions for you to try out.

The most important concept for writers is to find a time management system and routine that allows you the creative time you need to write, plus the time for your family and work. Once you create the best system for yourself, you will discover that managing your time becomes easier and less stressful. The final result is more time for writing with better results while having more time for what you love most, like family and friends. If you work another job you will find that the work there will become less stressful as well.

How to use this series of articles:

Because this report is designed to help you create time management systems that work for YOU, there are many questions and action steps along the way. It’s a very interactive report. There are two suggested methods to using and benefiting from it.
The first is to read it through cover to cover. Then go back and answer the questions – start creating your systems. This is the appropriate approach if you like to read material and think on it before you take action; however, you may want to keep a notebook handy when you’re reading so you can jot down any thoughts or notes.

The second approach is to read the report and take action as you work your way through it. For example, if there is an action step that asks you to look into autoresponders to help manage your email, then you may want to stop reading and find the best autoresponder for your needs. This approach is best if you’re the type of person who likes to take immediate action on your thoughts and inspirations.
Of course you can always take a combined approach. Take notes on some items and action on others!

Lets get started…

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