Are you a planner, or do you tend to fly by the seat of your pants? There are pros and cons to each approach, but today I want to share with you a bit about how my “bossy” content plan helps me to get more done.
Being Your Own Boss
As a writer, if you don’t publish blog posts or books on schedule, most likely no one will notice. But if you have a boss and don’t get something done, you likely hear about it, right? Because of that, it’s easy to do things for your boss that you don’t do for yourself.
I recently had a conversation with a friend about this. She got client work done on time, but didn’t tend to get her own stuff done. As someone who’s done a lot of client work, I can relate. No matter how unreasonable or how much I don’t want to do something, if I have a client deadline, I get the thing done, even if it means working until the wee hours of the morning.
I finally realized that as writers, we need to respect ourselves in the way that we respect the people that pay us.
Now if you have a job or do client work, it’s true that you can’t allow your own thing to keep you from fulfilling the promises you make to your boss. But it’s also important to make promises to yourself, and to do whatever it takes to fulfill those promises.
That’s Where Planning Comes In
I recently made the decision to let my last client go, so I can focus on my own content. So now the only boss I have is myself. No one to crack the whip and make sure I get stuff done. But if I don’t get stuff done, I don’t make money. Hmmm. . .
So I created a friendly “boss” in the form of a content plan for the rest of the year. Here’s a screengrab of my boss.
Note that some things are not 100% planned out and yet they have a due date assigned to them. For instance, I have dates for when Skillshare classes go live, and when I’ll publish books, even if I don’t yet know the topic. That means I better not procrastinate too long on figuring those things out. It also means that I better get a move on if I’m going to keep my boss happy. 🙂
It’s Easy to Know What’s Next
One thing that I’ve appreciated about setting deadlines for the rest of the year is that it’s easy for me to know what to do next. When I finish one thing, a quick glance shows me the next thing I need to get done.
Notice that today I have BQG Ideas audio due. I already have it mostly done, but as soon as I publish this post, I’m going to put the finishing touches on editing the audio and then upload and submit it to ACX. Not tomorrow, but today. Why? Because my “boss” tells me that project is due today. And since I respect my boss, I’ll do it.
Be the Boss
Your content plan doesn’t need to look like mine. But if you want to make it as a writer, you need to be your own boss. And content planning helps you do that. Treat yourself, and your content with the respect both deserve, and you’ll be amazed by how much you get done.