Time Management Tip 3: Keep Track of Your Writing Time

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Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Daysby Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D.

Keep track of your writing time every day using the Writing Time Tracker (available here). Make it a habit to write in the number of hours you spend on each area for one project over 30 days. You can also plug in word or page counts in “Totals.”

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When you sit down to write, note the time; when you are done, jot down how long you worked in each category. The “Miscellaneous” category is for research, reading, writing exercises, buying materials, and other writing-related tasks. Use the “Distractions” category for all the
non-writing distractions that come up during your set writing time.