Why time management at events? It’s con season and for many, conventions or conferences become a blur of things to do, people to see, and it’s easy to lose the key reasons you attended when overwhelmed by the sheer craziness of it all. I love attending them, learning new things, meeting people, refreshing acquaintances. It can be intimidating and confusing. It can be an onslaught to the senses. And it can be amazing, when I manage my time to make the most of it.
Attending conventions and conferences is costly, both in terms of money invested to go and time taken away from writerly things to be there. In this podcast episode, I talk about how I manage my time to prepare and attend cons to make the best use of both my money invested and my time.
I’ve got a lot of events in 2016
Questions I ask myself before deciding to go
Planning ahead: 6 months to a year
More Planning ahead: a few months
A few weeks in advance: do my clothes fit? Where’s the schedule?
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Prioritizing and urgency via deadlines are at the top of my mind as I kick off 2016’s run of #EMEPiper at the changeover from January to February.
Last year was full of deadlines, possibly the most challenging year for writing I’ve ever had. As a result, I’ve got five books releasing this year, as well as two or three short stories as PJ Schnyder.
For the coming year, I’ve got even more planned and I want to manage my time so I can do all the things, enjoying them along the way. There are going to be some tough choices ahead and a lot of prioritization.
Why is Piper podcasting about time management?
Nifty friends with creative ideas, coordinating dates with writerly deadlines
Setting daily word count targets to hit the deadline
“Word count” and the publishing perspective
Rewire the brain: word count target vs. chapter target
NaNoWriMo and drafting, not editing
On contracts and pitching and writing the next book
Importance of deadlines, even self-imposed
Word counts and genre
Lessons Learned from Writerly Life: Don’t ignore publisher standards for word count
Time Management Trick: Plan Your Day and Prioritize the To Do
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And it’s here, the second episode of Every Minute, Everywhere: Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake.
Confession: I’d intended to get this episode up in February. I had a major contractual deadline loom. The deadline became my highest priority and everything else fell by the wayside. This podcast included. Because the reality is that everything about being a writer is turning in your manuscript (or subsequent edits) to get your book published on time.
There’s a time management reality for you. Tough decision have to be made and we can’t necessarily get All The Things completed in the time we have.
Without further ado, I’m excited to share with you an interview with authors Robin Covington and Katee Robert on time management and using day planners to get organized for 2016.
Introductions: Robin Covington & Katee Robert
How did we hear about EC Planners?
Sticker & washi tape love
Tracking word count
What one thing would you recommend to an author trying to organize themselves for the year?
Stickers and stress management
Adaptability, multi-purpose potential in these planners
(request to Erin Condren to develop an Author’s Planner line)
Plotting, brainstorming, character sheets in the planner
Marketing and promotion: managing those timelines with the planner
Finding time to write
Looking approachable is a double-edged sword
Writerly wisdom from Katee and Robin
Because this interview took so long to go up, I contacted Robin and Katee asking them for an update on how they’re doing with organization in 2015?
I love using my ECLP and I’ve been able to easily modify it to fit my needs. I use the coil clips to attach printouts of my book Pinterest boards and my plot outlines when I’m writing a book and I’ve found stickers on Etsy that allow me to change the “morning, day, night” headings to “book, family, to do”. The best part of the planner for me is the two page month spread that shows me at a glance what I need to know.
I’ve finally got my planning method pretty much refined, and now I’m geeking out by working on my handwriting so the whole thing is pretty. Using the planner to keep track of both promotion and writing/editing has made it significantly easier to manage my time overall, and my productivity has gone way up.
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As we wrap up 2016 and head into 2017, I plan to put more effort into my podcasts–especially EMEPiper– with huge thanks to my Patrons at Patreon. We’ve achieved proof of concept and I am in this to create great content.
Episodes will be coming out more regularly and frequently. It’s important to have scalable hosting to support the podcasts so I’ll be moving Every Minute, Everywhere – Time Management for Authors with Piper J. Drake (aka EMEPiper) to LibSyn.
To kick off EMEPiper’s new home, I’m having a “week of podcasts” for EMEPiper starting November 14.
The week will begin with the archived episodes released earlier this year and wrap up with brand new episodes toward the end of the week. After the full week of episodes, a new episode of EMEPiper will come out once a month through the holidays and into 2017.