Right. So here we are – 2012 has established itself and the Mayan’s did not predict the end of the world at midnight on December 21st so you can come out of your bunker now.  There is writing to be done. The first rule of good writing is to write a lot, and to write regularly, so over the next ten days I will be posting  ten rules for good time management from my chapter on The Words in How to be a Writer.  These apply even if you have started writing - January is a good month to address issues of productivity and slippage.
Rule one. Keep a time log. If you can’t work out how to fit writing into your busy schedule, then work out exactly how much time you are spending doing other things. For a week, make a note of everything you do, including sleeping, working, commuting, surfing the web, watching TV, socialising, eating, shopping, household chores, taking exercise etc. 

Don’t miss anything out – make detailed entries for one week. When you have done this, you should be able to get a picture of how you are using your time. And unless you are exceptionally busy, there will be a gap somewhere, and you will be indulging in some sort of time-wasting activity, even if it’s only looking at celebrities on the Daily Mail website.

If all else fails either get up an hour earlier each morning, or go to bed an hour later at night.
Tomorrow's tip: Setting your goals.


  1. Looking forward to reading the rest of posts!

  2. Thanks Lynn! Hope you find them useful - am now following your blog which looks really interesting.

  3. Now how did you know about me checking up on celebrity gossip on the web??
    Agree that that is a major time wasting activity and that stops today!
    Thanks for the advice.

  4. I think we've all been there, Chloe! Sometimes I have to leave the house and go to a (non Wifi) cafe to get any proper writing done.


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