When you make a life change, as I have, it is important to have a plan on how you are going to succeed in this. The first thing I did was look at the goals I was going to set myself.
I then started thinking that if I could make a plan, it would be fun to have other writers on this journey with me.
So here is where we start:
Set Realistic Goals
The first thing to look at his achieving our goals and how are you going to do this. Well, the first way is to set realistic goals. I have read many articles from Jack Heimbigner about goal setting. Within his excellent book, he speaks about having weekly tasks and daily tasks. This is the first area to work on.
Daily goals are very simple, I am going to try to write three pieces a day. That seems like a lot, but with no full-time work, I am sure this is achievable. I am trying to write these posts a day in advance to give them time to sit before I hit publish. This is a good tip for any new writers it is always best to let a post sit before you edit.
The three areas that I want to write in are writing tips, a poem or short story or something fiction. Finally a personal piece around a range of subjects. This can be for my publication, Every Child Matters to those on other publications.
What areas and niches can you going to write in?
Weekly goals are to research different places to write, where you can earn money. Within that, you need to research the Medium publications, to see if any of these fit your style. We all need to diversify our revenue sources to sustain ourselves. I feel it is important to pursue opportunities both within Medium and outside.
Set a Realistic Routine
I am a mother to a beautiful two-year-old, for this reason, my routine must fit around her. I thought long about this to get to a place where it would be achievable. There is nothing worse than ruining a goal or routine on the first try. No one wants to try again on the second day if that happens.
An ideal writing routine is to write for 1.5 hours in the morning and a further 1.5 in the afternoon. Not an amazing amount, but as long as you sit down prepared then this should be okay.
Idea’s, marketing and reading the content of others, can be saved for those moments where you can grab five minutes. Where interruptions don’t matter so much to your creative flow.
Anyone Can Achieve This
From making these two minor changes you will increase your productivity and income. Most writers if they put their mind to it can achieve these goals and routines. I know many writers who commit to this level of writing and have received some good rewards from it. You shouldn’t expect this to be overnight, but you need to see an increase every month. I need to see an increase to allow me, to be a stay at home mum.
Sit down when you have five minutes and look at the content you post. Can you change your niches, can you fit more writing time in? Make small changes and you will also see rewards.
Let’s start this journey together. Make one giant leap forward in our productivity and fingers crossed income.
Let us all start on this journey of writing full-time together.