Jul 21 2013

Back in the saddle - some practical tips for picking up where you left off

Time Management

Time Management (Photo credit: Intersection Consulting)

Without meaning to, about six months ago, I stopped doing *stuff*.  It started slowly at first – it was the occasional dropped blog post on my own blog, then I stopped blogging here.  Then I stopped writing regularly and was just *working* all hours of the day (I’m an editor, designer and PR strategist).

But then an odd thing happened.  Work slackened off but I was still not working on my own ‘stuff’.

And it’s been bugging me for a while, so while I was at ‘complete stop’, I did a couple of things to clean out the stuff that was getting in the way, and I’ve got some tips for you.  This is a multi-article series, and each article will build on each of the tips, and give you some in-depth ideas.

Getting back in saddle.

(all article titles are listed second, italicised and will be linked when live)

1. Look at your priorities  – What to do with a to-do list that’s three months or older? – It’s easy to stop and start as an indie writer, but other than the obvious missed deadlines, perhaps if you’re picking up where you left off, you might want to consider what you want to do, and what you’ll scrap.

2. Plan for it all – Your new to-do list – what should it include? – Dealing with overwhelm as an author is one of those difficult things that sometimes push indie authors into not writing.

3. Social media and the newly returned author – Can you just jump right back into your social media? – while it’s true that social media is something very few people leave behind when they stop writing, you’ve got to be careful not to go from zero to obnoxious.

4. What’s the most important thing – Oh yeah, the writing! – Tips to ensure that your writing is the most important thing on your list.

5. Better planning can stop you from collapsing again – Avoiding the reasons that pulled you to a stop the first time through – an article that talks about burnout and more.

And there you go.  Each article will debut on a Saturday, and be quite long, so please feel free to come back and check out what I’ve got to say, and let  me know what YOU think.  Anything you’d really like to know?

 

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