A writing schedule is a good tool to help you stay on track with your writing. A good writing schedule includes more than writing or revising a piece. It should also include everything you need to do at any time during the day. Make a list of the tasks you need to complete. This ensures that you do whatever you need to do. What you are doing is planning your day. You need to do this so you can be sure not to forget anything important like sleeping or eating. A writing schedule is a to-do list. You can do it on a weekly basis or daily. It’s up to you.
I find color coding things in my schedule to be helpful. My day job is in red. Writing is green, eating blue. You get the picture. The colors let me see what I should be doing at any time at a glance. Color coding is a tool that helps but it isn’t something that is necessary. It clarifies the list. If you find yourself pressed for time, you can also see what may be nonessential. Then you can cut that item from your day. Or scale it back. Ask yourself if you need all the time you blocked out for a nonessential task and cut back if you can. Keep your schedule flexible. This allows you to handle the bumps and changes inevitable in life.
Above all, if you have a schedule, stick to it. Don’t put off anything on the schedule, once it is there. Do the essential things as fast as you can then move on to the next item, whether that is your writing project or not. Keep the schedule loose enough to allow you to continue writing if you find you are on a roll.
Using tools like a writing schedule can help you keep up with you writing project. It will allow you to plan other tasks around your writing project. That makes you more efficient and that’s not a bad thing. It’s not complicated, and after you get the initial set up done, it lends itself to many other projects.
Writing schedules help us keep up with the writing we want or need to do. I have revision projects in my schedule along with this blog and my journal. I put my projects in by title. That way I can ensure that I’m not neglecting any of the projects I have going. This is key. Using a writing schedule, for me, means entering the projects one by one. That’s what works for me. It may not work for you. Set up your schedule in the way that works best for you. You won’t go wrong. Anything that helps you use your time in an efficient manner is going to be good for you in the long run. Keep writing and good luck.