This is my writing planner. I got it to help me keep track of my work schedule, partially for me…and partially for others. I like to see how much work I accomplished in a month, but it’s also a log of hours worked.
This planner helps me stay on track. It’s something to be accountable to. I jot down my writing activities for that day. Was I outlining? Blogging? Researching? Editing? Revising? I can log which days I was sick, which days were overrun by Dr. appointments and school functions, writing conferences, etc. Not only is this helpful for me to be consistent…
Unfortunately, some people don’t think of writing as “real” work. We get calls from friends and family members who think that, just because we’re home, we’re available. They know we’re writing. They know the hours in which we write, but still they drop by, personal message us on Facebook, and want to get together for a lunch date. If we did any of these things to them during their business hours, it wouldn’t fly. I leave my planner where people can see it, to see that I actually work and work hard. If you want others to take your writing seriously, first you must take it seriously.
Try it out. Get a cheap planner from the office stores or wherever – mine was from Target. Make a schedule and hold yourself to it.