Managing Your Writing Time

If you are like me, you are juggling a lot of ideas, written drafts, brainstorming, and other writing tasks. You may feel as though there isn’t enough time to deal with it all. It is easy to manage your tasks with a to-do list. I keep mine on my phone and my laptop. I use the Microsoft To-Do app that integrates my android phone with my windows PC. That makes it easy to list the items I want to do.

I list the items, then assign a due date. Adding a reminder allows me to add the date and time to a writing task. I called my writing tasks list writing tasks. There’s a feature in the app I use called, my day that lets me add items from several lists to one called, you guessed it, my day. In short, it lets me create an agenda for my day. It’s a good way to manage your writing time. That can help you to use your time efficiently. No dithering required. Just note down what you want to do and when you have the time to do it and then you do it. It’s easy.

The app is free, but you don’t have to use it. You can make a list in a notes app and copy/paste the items to a daily agenda. Or you can add them to the alarm clock app on your phone and set an alarm to remind you.

I did a search for agenda in the app store, and found a lot of apps that would do this for you. I use the Microsoft To Do app because it lets me synchronize my lists between my computer and phone. That’s valuable to me. If you don’t need to do that, any agenda app can do the job.

I find it helpful to plan my writing time. Scheduling time to write is hard enough for a lot of us. We don’t want to waste any of it by dithering over what we need to do. Making and maintaining a list of what you want to do, can keep that from happening. After all, you want to spend your precious time writing. It isn’t productive to waste time trying to figure out what to write, or revise, or whatever you need to do.
Prioritized lists aren’t for everyone. I know that. It works for me and that’s fine. It might work for you. Taking an organized approach can be very helpful. All you need is a list of ideas or tasks. Then pick one, if you don’t want to be super planned out. I’m talking to you pantsers out there.

So give this idea a try. You might find it helps you. It helps me. Being organized makes my scatterbrain work better. So sit down and make a list. That’s all you need to do. Make it as elaborate or simple as you want. It is up to you. Good luck and write well.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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