13 December, 2008

Time Management for Writers

Literature training:

"Banish those time bandits and make time for your writing with the help of this no-nonsense guide to time management. The second in the literaturetraining 'Briefings' series.

Time management theory was developed for business leaders to help them prioritise their tasks and work more efficiently. Author Debbie Taylor explains how armed with a few basic principles, a good slug of zeal, and a lot of heavy-duty black bin-liners, you really can create space for your writing."

"1. Intro

Time Management Theory was developed to help business managers utilise their time more effectively and so free up more time for thinking creatively and developing their businesses. Here I have adapted its principles to the needs of the writer.

Time Management is really very simple. Armed with a few basic principles, a good slug of zeal, and a lot (I mean a lot) of heavy-duty black bin-liners, you really can create time for the important things in your life.

A business friend explained it like this: Imagine your life as an empty bucket, and the important things you would like in it as stones. Visualise putting the stones in the bucket until it’s full - family, job, friends, health, home, sleep, money, writing… Now visualise the less important things as gravel; things like hobbies, clothes, acquaintances, holidays, fine food, housework. Can you fit them in too? Of course you can: in the spaces between the stones. Now take the trivial things - surfing the net, eyebrow tweezing, watching Big Brother. These are the sand, and of course they fit in too, in the spaces between the bits of gravel.

Now take a new bucket and put the sand in first: right to the brim. How are you going to fit the stones in? Well, time management is about putting the stones in first."

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