If you are like me, you have tons of ideas for pieces you want to write and not enough time or energy to actually write them.
The result is often paralysis – you have unfinished blog posts, book outlines, and book chunks lying around in piles or on your hard disk, thousands of words that might never see the light of day. I feel your pain… perhaps 5% of what I write I publish. In fact, as I am writing these lines, I really hope that they will “find their way” into my blog.
But no more. I decided to increase the productivity of my writing. Move from 5% publishing rate to 20% at the first stage, and one day cross the 50% barrier. So I came up with a system to help me determine which writing projects I should focus on. Here it is:
How to prioritize your precious time and become more productive with your writing?
I created a table to compare my different writing projects. It contains important parameters such as time to completion, potential rewards, risk, etc. Below are a few examples of projects I am currently working on.
|Project||Time to completion||Long term reward||Short term Leverage||Risk|
|Rewriting my “failing” book||3 months||A new book out really fast!||No leverage||Perhaps no re-write can make this book good.|
|Just blogging whatever comes to mind||NA||Possibly high volume of content||NA||No long term goal..?|
|Blog about specific topic, e.g travelling||NA||Can be turned into non-fiction book later||NA||Not exciting enough|
|A novel about depression – I have about 30% written||5 months to first draft||Niche book which could be successful on long tail||Release chunks of the book on my blog, weekly||Writing a book about depression is like coming out of the closet in many ways|
This is the system I came up with; which of the projects above would you choose? how do you manage your content? Would love some more ideas…