I realized my writing time wasn’t effective, then I compared it to my work at the restaurant. The difference prompted me to write this article.
Let me just get self-promotion out of the way.
This year I started my freelancing business — there it’s done.
Seriously though, I started a business and I have this great idea about what I want, the whole path to greatness, all those cool things you write in a business plan.
And then I get home from my restaurant job or I have a day off, and I don’t write enough. Or I write really slow. You know, I write for like half an hour, then read a bit, go on Twitter, etc.
The easy way to say it is like this — I didn’t look at my writing business, as a business.
But that fact is confusing.
Because I want to work, I want to find more clients, I want to turn it into a full-time business. So, what am I doing wrong? And why isn’t this already happening?
The answer is, again, simple. My attitude towards the time that I spend writing, is wrong.
I realized this when I compared a full day at my office (a table in a hallway) to a full day at the restaurant where I work.
My Day at the Restaurant
I come in, usually a lot earlier than anyone else. After all, there are cookies and muffins that need to be fresh for the day.
I have a coffee, I change into my work clothes, and I start.
I don’t stop.
There is so much work, and I have to do it all by myself. I don’t have time to do anything else. And even if I did, I would just find more work to do.
Why? Because I am paid. I am paid to work, I am paid to bake muffins. I am not paid to relax, to read a book, to look at Twitter.
A simple fact of life. If I were to sit down and read a book for an hour, in the middle of my shift, my boss would have a small mental breakdown. And it would be justified because I am taking his money and doing nothing.
Let’s Take That and Apply It To Your Business
If you are not utilizing your work-time to the maximum, you are taking your own money, and not working enough. You are cutting your own wage!
There it is, a truth that can change how you look at your writing time.
Who is paying for your writing time? You are.
If you are a freelancer, you are the only person responsible for working and earning. So, if you spend two hours on a post that should take one hour. You reduced your hourly wage by half.
Even if you account for that. If you charged your client more money because you believe unrelated twitter time is something they should pay.
Even then, you could write it faster, and earn twice as much. Or you can use that time for something else.
Don’t Pay Yourself to Slack Off
Utilize your time, organize your day.
When you sit down to write, write. If a post requires research, research, and then write.
Find a workflow that works for you. It doesn’t matter if you write in the morning and edit in the afternoon or you edit after writing each post.
It isn’t so important when you take the hour to answer your emails. And it is definitely insignificant when you find the thirty minutes for your social media.
What matters is this.
When you start doing something, give it your undivided attention. This will result in much faster writing time, higher-quality writing, better social media interaction. I mean, everything you do will be better if you focus on it.
And finally, you will find more time for yourself, more time to learn something new, to improve.
Start looking at your writing business as a business. Give yourself a wage for the hours that you worked, and you will progress rapidly. Because you will not pay yourself to slack off.