Writing Journal: Scheduling Projects

My birthday was last week, and with this new year I want to be more serious about my writing projects. I want to actually finish them. And then I want to do something with them—put them out into the world in whatever way makes the most sense.

As I was about to write and schedule some blog posts it hit me that I needed a calendar to schedule my writing days. Not just for blog posts, but for the project I’m working on. It would help me keep track of what was done, what needed to be completed, and when to do what.

So I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up one of the little Studio 52 binders, along with a pack of calendar inserts and a pack of note pages. All of which were on sale, so I win!

This little calendar is specifically for writing goals. I will be able to go back and see when a specific blog was posted, as well as write in what I should be writing on a specific day. I have already planned out my writing days for getting the contents of my books finished by the end of the year, pacing myself and allowing space for other endeavors.

For instance, I wrote in my vacation days (which today is one of) because I knew they would not be writing days. I typically write blog posts on Sundays and schedule them for the week, but I knew that I had a funeral to attend this past weekend, and then I’d be leaving Tuesday for vacation, so I spent Wednesday morning [writing this on 9/4] writing the blog posts for this week, and scheduled some project writing for Thursday and Monday.

I’ve always loved the look and feel of paper calendars, and the popularity of these customizable ones have increased that affection. I tried using the calendar with the plastic rings for day-to-day stuff, but I couldn’t keep up with writing everything in it. My Google Calendar handles life scheduling much better. However, I think this little binder planner is going to be excellent for keeping a writing schedule.

Tell me, how do you keep your writing tasks on track. I like having options.

Happy Writing!