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Planning My Writing Success for This Year

Updated on January 15, 2023
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Cygnet Brown is a high school and middle school substitute teacher. She is the author of fourteen books and a long-time gardener.

The Door to Future Success

Managing A Twelve Month Calendar for Success

Each of us has the same number of hours in a day. I cannot create time, but I can use the hours that I have been given effectively. I have only 60 minutes every hour, 24 hours every day, seven days per week, and twelve months in a year. If I want to be successful as a writer, I have to plan those hours so that they don't simply slip away.

I keep a year-long calendar and maintain a timeline for getting things done. Some projects can’t be completed until other projects are begun or even started. By managing a year-long calendar, I can map out what projects I need to do so I am not rushed to get a specific project done at the last minute. In addition, I am less likely to miss a step because I already have it on my calendar of events.

Use a Project Planner to Evaluate Every Month

To help me determine what goals I need to do in a given month during the year, I have created a project planner to plan which projects I have completed, my current projects, which projects I want to work on next month, and what projects I want to work on for the rest of the year. I have divided my year into four quarters and then into individual months. I try to work on two quarters at the same time. By working on both quarters, I can add projects well in advance of the projects’ due dates.

Each month, at the end of the month, I take time to evaluate how I have been doing throughout the previous month and to decide what I will do to improve my writing success for the next month. By reevaluating my writing success on a monthly basis, I am able to readjust anything that I need to readjust to make the next month even better.

I determine how productive I thought I was the previous month. I evaluate whether I met that month's goals. If I did, great. If I didn't, I would evaluate why I didn't reach the goals I set for myself. I would then determine what I could do to improve my chances of meeting those goals for the next month. In addition, I would add more goals for the following month.

Set Aside Specific Times to Manage Specific Work

To be successful, rather than setting aside a specific time each day to work on specific projects, I set aside specific days to focus on aspects of my writing business. I have one day a week that I set aside to develop new writing ideas. I have another day per week that I set aside for marketing activities such as writing my newsletter, submitting articles, or other related activities.

This way I am more focused on that specific aspect of my business so that I not jumping around from task to task and never really accomplish anything.

Take Time to Market and Planning PR Success

On certain days during the week, I work on developing clients and other income-generating activities. These days, I spend on social media, developing radio and internet interviews as well as reviews. In addition to all these projects, that I have planned every day, I also schedule a time to write new material either fiction or nonfiction. This way I always have something new that I am developing.

Keep A Business Success Mindset

I work at home, but my business is a business. I do my best to keep regular working hours and not fritter away my business hours doing household tasks. Of course, if there is an emergency, I will take time off to take care of a sick child for instance, but I fight to protect the time I spend working on my writing business. Like everyone else, I have only 168 hours per week and many of those are taken up with sleep, personal care, housecleaning, and food preparation. I also have to make time for getting out and getting exercise and socializing with family and friends. That is also why I must force myself to limit my time reading emails, and avoid spending time in discussion groups or even running errands.

By spending a little time every month assessing how my time is spent and by taking the time to schedule my projects I am able to focus, and treating my writing as the business that it is, I get a lot more done with the limited amount of time that I have.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Cygnet Brown


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