Juggling multiple deadlines can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to help tackle the challenge of multiple deadlines and make sure everything gets done on time.
The nice thing about blogging is that you can set your own schedule. If you’re writing for a blog, you’ll probably have to get out several posts a week, along with social media promotions, and you’ll probably find yourself juggling several deadlines at once. It may be nerve-wracking to have to manage your own schedule while dealing with multiple deadlines, but it helps if you can find something that works for you.
Still, there will definitely be weeks during your career as a blogger when you simply do not want to write. Whether you’re out of ideas, busy, or just plain exhausted, you may feel like you can’t do anything but watch the deadlines get closer. This will be pretty much inevitable from time to time.
Still, punctuality and staying on schedule are vital for bloggers, and missing deadlines only means you’ll be doing more work next week. As a blogger, it’s important that you have a game plan for the weeks when you simply don’t want to write. Here are a few strategies.
Organize Your Deadlines into a Schedule
Multitasking is never fun, but it’s worse when you’re tired or burnt out. If you know where everything is, though, it’ll be a lot easier to manage. If you’ve got a calendar, try writing down each deadline as it comes up. As you mark down each one, take a moment to consider what you might write, and try to gauge how long this might take you.
Once you have a good idea of how much time you have and how much time you’ll need for each separate deadline, you can start arranging when you’ll do what. If you have an awful attention span like me, you might want to start by doing short rough drafts of each post you have to write, then returning to each draft after you’re done. This can help you minimize the amount of time you have to spend focusing on one thing.
Or, if you would rather get it over with one piece at a time, you can start by figuring out what you want to write first. There are two ways to do this. I’ll discuss the pros and cons of each one in the following sections.
Where to Start: the Easy Deadlines First
At least, this is what I generally prefer when I have a ton of work I don’t want to do. Sometimes writer’s block can stem from being overwhelmed and not knowing where or how to start. In this case, it might be best to start small.
Which of the deadlines on your list will take the least amount of effort or time? Start with that one and take it sentence by sentence. Try not to think about what you’ll have to write next; you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.
I’ve always found that the hardest part of writing is getting started. Once you finish the simplest item on your list, writing will feel much easier. Tackling the rest of the posts should seem less daunting after that.
Where to Start: the Hard Deadlines First
My friend Shri, who is also a writer, claims that it’s best to start with the more difficult projects. I generally like to do things the other way around, but different methods work for different writers. If you’d rather get the hard parts over with first, you might want to start by tackling the biggest project in your stack of deadlines.
Doing this can help with those feelings of being overwhelmed, since you won’t have to worry about the work you’ll have to do later for too long. After all, it’s possible that you’re struggling with writer’s block because you’re preoccupied with worry about getting anything done and that anxiety is getting in the way of your creativity.
If you tend to worry a lot, it can be best to get the source of worry out of the way as quickly as possible. Plus, the rest of your work will seem a lot easier once you get the hardest parts out of the way. Once you’ve tackled the biggest deadline in the line, the rest of your posts will seem like nothing.
When you’ve got a pile of deadlines to reach by the end of the week, work can seem overwhelming – especially on those days when you feel like doing anything besides writing. Try out some of these strategies to get yourself back on track with your work this week.