How to Survive a Schedule-less Life as a Writer

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How to Survive a Schedule-less Life as a WriterAs a freelance writer who wants to succeed, you know that schedules are one of the secrets to success. But what if schedules just don’t work for you?

Sure, you can try all the tips offered elsewhere. I know I have. But my life doesn’t conform to routine.

How do I know? I tracked my actual schedule for a month and discovered no matter how hard I tried, no two days were the same. Even worse, the same day of the week was not the same from one week to the next.

You might be tempted to say I just need more discipline, but there are plenty of legitimate reasons routine schedules might not work for someone ― a chronic illness, children home on summer break, a traveling lifestyle. For some people, daily schedules are more frustrating than functional.

If you’re nodding your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And you don’t have to resign yourself to feeling unproductive.

Instead, use these tips to get the most out of your less-than-routine days …

Be equipped to write always

Carry a small notepad or a handful of note cards and a pen with you everywhere you go. Know how to use the voice recorder on your phone and make transcribing your recorded ideas when you get home a new habit. Or get some speech recognition software so you can stick your head in the office while buzzing around the house and tell your computer to take a note. Catching those thoughts when they happen reduces the clutter in your head, so when you do have time to work, you’re not trying to remember everything.

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Wendy Strain

Having worked in journalism for a long time, I completed my Master's degree in English with special distinction in technical writing and literature and went into grant writing until office life and health came into conflict. I am now working toward a career in copywriting, particularly web writing and grant writing, seeking a satisfying and rewarding career experience.

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