Four Stumbling Blocks That Can Actually Be Good For Writers

  Stumbling blocks can negatively affect your writing and slow you down, but they can also be an incentive for improving your writing skills.  If you can identify your specific negative blocks, they can push you to learn a new skill, thoroughly research your subject and ultimately boost your confidence.   BY FRANCINA MAPULANE      A stumbling block is when a writer experiences lack of motivation, or difficulty or hesitation in starting writing.  The block can be external, including disturbances from family members, time spent

Tips for Effective Time-management: Work Smarter, not Harder.

  ‘Look at the time! Where did it go?’ Does this sound familiar?  Become the master of time to increase your writing productivity. BY KRISTEL CREVITS   As a journalist, submitting refined, impactful work includes many administrative tasks. These nitty-gritty, must-do tasks can become your enemy. By labelling them, and understanding their roots, it will allow you to complete them. Separate research from the writing phase It is so hard to focus on writing if you think of all the peripheral things that are required to

Time-management Tips for Procrastinating Journalists

    Don’t wait until the last minute to force creativity and content. Keep the journalistic juices flowing throughout the day. Here are a few “life hacks” for the procrastinating journalist to keep in mind… BY JANINE GOUS       Have you ever sat down in front of your computer, eager fingers hovering just above the keyboard and you hit a blank? You’re staring at an empty Word document and all you can think about is the next creative snack you can make with your limited

Better Time Management for Writers – by Sam Moolman

  “I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp; I know what I want to do, but I don’t know where to begin.” Stephen Bayne – Episcopal Bishop When you think of a stereotypical journalist, what is the first image that comes to mind? I think of that reporter in the movies, typing with manic, red eyes, and casting frantic glances at the clock. Amidst heaps of coffee-stained papers, an empty out-tray, and a burgeoning in-tray, my stereotypical journalist is frazzled and

Top 10 Time Management Tips for Journalists

Become a successful freelance journalist at The Writers College Magazine Journalism Course

  Have you ever heard the saying from Salmon of Doubt author Douglas Adams, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by”? For budding journalists, meeting deadlines is no easy task. DEIRDRE RUSSELL looks at proven ways to ease the strain.   It has been said that ‘Time Management’ is really a misnomer – the challenge is not to manage time, but manage ourselves. Budding journalists take note: there is more to winning in this game than just being

Time Management for Journalists – Why Do We Procrastinate?

With social media and dozens of other wonderful distractions filtering in and out of our daily lives, is it any wonder that we find it so difficult to concentrate on our writing? MICHELLE J RENSBURG looks at why journalists so love to procrastinate.    Journalists - especially the freelance, work-from-home type, are often told to learn time-management skills. But before we can embrace time management rules, we may need to look at what is holding us back. Our greatest enemy could very well

Work smarter, not harder: 5 time-management tips for journalists

  BY CARA VERSFELD   “The key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” – Timothy Ferriss, author of the New York Times Bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek.   To a certain degree writers can be thought of as entrepreneurs. You’re ultimately running your own “business” and taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. Therefore, the same time-management tips apply for writers as for someone running a small business. Work smarter, not harder Instead of being robotic in

Time-management for Freelance Writers: Get off Social Media – by Elzanne Amao

  We've been conditioned to believe that to remain on top of things we need to constantly monitor social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn are but a few of the sites occupying our precious time. Unfortunately, it's to the detriment of our productivity. Coco Rocha writes on why this is becoming a problem: “What was once a welcomed connection during a break in the day or a mobile moment alone is starting to feel like an obligation. The problem

Time Management for Journalists: from an Ayurvedic Perspective – by Malaika Davies

  Life as a freelance journalist can get a little hectic. There is a lot to juggle between sending out query letters, researching, interviewing, writing, and keeping track of the invoicing. If we’re not careful we can end up chained to our desks trying to hammer out an article when, perhaps, larger forces are against us.   Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word for ‘life-knowledge’. It is an ancient Indian form of natural medicine and has been used for thousands of years. One fundamentalpart

Journalism: Tips for Better Time Management (Part IV) – by Sam Moolman

Meeting Deadlines without Dying It may seem counter-productive, but one of the key ingredients for a more productive work life could be to not work. Not indefinitely of course, but there is evidence to show that taking regular breaks will improve productivity. Look after yourself Because so much is said about procrastination and work ethic, we somehow get the impression that the only positive way to work is to be busy all the time, because if we’re not busy, we’re lazy. But stress