Reality Blog: Discovering How to Plan and Organize The Writer’s Life

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I’ve done it… I’m officially self-employed!

Although I’ve been writing part-time for a while now, embarking on this journey as a full-time freelance copywriter feels like something new altogether.

It really feels as if I’m starting a new job… the most important job I’ve ever had (aside from being a parent).

Just figuring out what to do the first few days was a bit overwhelming… with to-do lists, due dates, wish lists, classes, and everything in between. I have at least five or six more hours in my workday now, yet I don’t seem to be getting anything more accomplished.

“Either run the day or the day runs you.”
~ Jim Rohn

Right now, the day is running me.

So accordingly, the first order in my new role as President/CEO/Owner of my career is to better organize and plan my time.

In between client work, I’m experimenting with time management, planning, and organization apps.

Finding new and useful tools can be pretty exciting, so I wanted to share some of my discoveries with you. They’ve been around for a few years, but like the 2010 car I just bought, they’re new to me (and maybe to you).

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Tracy Clement Wilson

Tracy's a freelance B2B copywriter, web writer, blogger, science geek, tree hugger, and health food fanatic. When she's not busy with her family, she attempts organic gardening and hangs out with her chickens (the ladies who give her eggs), bearded dragon (her favorite...read "only"...lizard), and dogs (her office mates).

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  • Very helpful article, Tracy! I’m especially interested in WAVE. I have an old version of Quickbooks right now, and they keep threatening that I won’t have support, etc. in a month or so. If it becomes a problem, I’ll sign up with WAVE. I’ve recently been using Proworkflow.com for tracking my projects and assignments and found it very helpful. You can add templates for different project types, to list the tasks. For instance, I write a lot of Q&A articles for one client, and when I enter the project into ProWorkflow, it lists all the tasks for that project. It has a timer to keep track of your work hours, too.

    • Hi Donna,
      I’m going to check out ProWorkflow…it sounds like a combination (or improvement) of some of TimeTune and Trello features…it would be nice to combine everything into one. Thanks for sharing!
      BTW, speaking of old versions…I’m using Office 2003! It still gets the job done…
      Tracy

  • I really need help in this area. I am new to copywriting and running my own business. Do you have any recommendations for Wealthy Web Writer articles or anything else that may help me?

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