Last Updated on: December 29th, 2016
In my attempts to become more productive and make better use of my time, I’ve been doing some reading, some planning, and some goal-making for my upcoming year. This largely resulted from past failures as well as the post I wrote last month, Overcome Writing Failure With a Personalized Writing Plan. This post has introduced me to quite a few new people, many of whom are writers and authors. (And bloggers, too!) 🙂
Planning has never really been my “thing” but it’s useful. The strategies I’ve been using and the tips that I’ve learned have helped me increase the amount of guest posts that I’ve been writing (and getting published!) and I wanted to let you in on a few sites and introduce you to a couple of people who can help you if you are struggling with planning this year. As thanks, I’ve also created a FREE PDF Planner for you.
What I’ve Been Doing
In trying to be more productive, I’ve started to implement some new time-management strategies. I’ve modified my subscriber options so I get less email, I’ve created a few checklists to keep me on track each day, and I’ve read a few productivity ebooks to learn more tricks and tips on getting sh** done, which is actually the name of a book written by one of my Facebook friends, LaVonne Ellis, a self-proclaimed flake! 🙂 (Her words, not mine.)
I’ll tell you who’s not flaky, though: Timo Kiander. He’s also known as the Productive Superdad, and he gives his ebook, Online Business Productivity, away for free on his site, where he also lists several tools to help someone become more productive.
My biggest problem is email overload. Timo has a tip for that, too, called THE EMAIL GAME. Playing the email game is pretty cool, I have to admit, even though I don’t always play it.
FYI, I just know I’ll never get to “inbox zero” but that’s okay with me. I like having email records to refer to, and I’m happy for having Rapportive and a few other things shown to me by Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, too. 😉
My many different time-busting strategies are hopefully going to help me “find time” to write. And work. Which are sometimes the same thing, sometimes not.
As part of my strategy to free up some more time for “work” (writing and all it entails), I’m going to be cutting back on the amount of blog posts on this blog. I’m not sure when this is going to start, though, but I’ll keep you posted!
I’m also taking on more paid work, too. I’m pleased to announce that I am having more guest posts published this month, including the one on Carol Tice’s blog, Make A Living Writing, where she offers a free e-course for freelance writers (which I took). This post was actually published yesterday, which didn’t work out so well for me due to having surgery on Tuesday. (I was a bit sick from the Tylenol 3s and so wasn’t able to go on my computer until last night to respond to comments. In retrospect, I should have informed Carol of my surgery, but I didn’t want to screw up her posting schedule, so I didn’t.)
Are You a Successful Freelance Writer? 6 Ways to Tell is the post I wrote for Carol. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want you to read it. 😉
I’m loving guest posting! 😀
I’m having another published on Wrote by Rote, a memoir blog that recently featured a post written by one of my blog commenters, Susan Cooper, a dyslexic blogger who recently authored an ebook.
I also just wrote a post about guest posting and hosting, too, called Guest-Posting and Guest-Hosting: Best Practices, which you can find over on Greg’s blog, Dear Blogger. (Remember Greg Narayan? He made you a video recently, when I hosted his guest post on my blog.)
I have to say, Guest-Posting and Guest-Hosting: Best Practices is an informative post that is a must-read for bloggers everywhere. It’s even better than my post about 20 Blog Post Must-Haves 😉 AND it mentions things such as guest-i-quette and host-i-quette. Yes, I’m creative when I wanna be! LOL
In further guest posting news, I’m kind of nervous about my upcoming guest post that will be published on January 18th on Wrote By Wrote, since I pretty much bare my heart and soul and reveal mega-personal things in them. (UPDATE: It’s been published and it was a hit!)
Of course, writing my memoirs (one of my current writing projects) is pretty tough and I’m testing the waters by going public with portions of the book’s contents before it is even published…um, I mean finished. (Well, both, really.)
And for those of you wondering what’s going on with my e-book of short stories, um, er, I’m working on that, too! (UPDATE: Risky Issues has been published!)
I’m also now a regular contributor to Dear Blogger; I’ll be posting there once a month from now on. (UPDATE: Greg from Dear Blogger was a client of mine for about a year!) 😀
It seems like I’m reaching for the stars these days, and grabbing hold of them! 😀 So different from where I was a year ago, huh? 😉 I just hope I don’t slip and let go. Here’s to soaring!
FINAL UPDATE: I have been guest posting a lot (both for free and for money) since I began blogging. Just check out my list of guest post on my Portfolio page to see what I mean!