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May 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

Do you feel like you're always pressed for time? Do you attempt to do three projects at once but find not a thing is getting done? You need to change the way you are managing your time. Don't proceed to work through a broken paradigm. If you want to ensure your work is done well, consider doing certain tasks in batches to better utilize your work hours so you have more time to be a writer.

Here are some typical time management problems and some suggested solutions to help you improve your writing time.

Not managing to tweet and blog on a routine basis? Try this. Compose all your articles, blogs and tweets in a three hour block one day a week. Then, use social media management tools like HootSuite or SocialOomph to arrange your posts throughout the next week. These tools allow posting to all your sites at one time a snap, saving you time and ensuring your reach all of your network in a prompt manner.

Sidetracked continually by email? A good number of us are guilty of checking our email as it comes. Instead, check email at the beginning of every hour and allow yourself 15 minutes to reply to it all. The remainder will wait until the top of the next hour. That way the remainder of your hour can be dedicated to the primary task at hand.

Are you setting aside enough time for research? Try batching research time. Don't randomly go to sites while you are working on a specific task. You are likely to forget to write down sources and overlook to follow up with good leads. Spare an hour every morning and spend it focused on researching. You will be surprised by how much you get done with this method.

What about writing and editing? Do you feel that you are just scraping the surface of your manuscripts and practically nothing gets done? Consider "batching" each writing task. For example, spend an hour every morning editing and write during the lunch hour. Adhere to your schedule, even when you are on a roll. Stopping at a high place can make it more convenient to get to work the next day.

Is the rest of your life intruding on writing time? Try "batching" your everyday tasks, too. For example, save work for a block of 30 minutes every day and 3 hrs on the weekend. Then, when they pop up, don't focus on them until the designated time slot.

Use "batching" to handle your time and your resulting productivity may delight you.

For more tips about how to improve your writing, go to the AuthorHouse Writer Advice Center.

AuthorHouse, an imprint of Author Solutions, is the leading provider of self-publishing and marketing services for authors around the globe. We have helped more than 40,000 writers publish over 60,000 titles and are committed to providing the highest level of customer service in book publishing.

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