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How to Keep Organised as an Author

 

To keep organised as an author is vital. As an author, it's easy to quickly become disorganised and perhaps even messy or untidy. This is because of the amount of documents you will have, all your ideas, all your notes, and everything in between. Keeping all these organised ensures you lose nothing, have easy access to everything and makes your working process, effectively, easier and less stressful. 

With this in mind, here's how to keep organised as an author...

 

Keep your work environment tidy

Your working environment needs to be tidy in order to have a tidy, clear mind when writing. Messiness is often a large distraction; maintaining a clean environment reduces this possible distraction. On top of this, messiness can also be a main cause of stress and tension.

 

Keep your files and documents organised

If you work on a computer, making sure all your files and documents are organised is imperative. Without an organised file system it is much easier to lose important files.

 

Have separate folders for everything

Following on from keeping everything organised, be sure to keep everything organised in separate folders when necessary. Don’t sporadically place files in odd folders; this is an easy way to lose files.

 

Keep your bookmarks organised (if you have any)

Keeping bookmarks is an easy way to never lose a website you found interesting. Be sure to keep these bookmarks organised so you know how to quickly and easily find a website you need.

 

Staying organised makes for a better writing experience

 

Keep a record of your working hours

Having a record of how many hours you have worked on specific days shows whether you are utilising your time properly and getting the work you should get done, done. If it is obvious you’re not, you can change this.

 

Social media: scheduling

Social media is a great way to promote yourself even when you’re still in the process of writing. If you want to update your social media on a certain day but know you will run out of time; schedule it.

 

Timelines

Timelines of what work you need to complete, what work you have completed, any activities you have that means you can’t write, etc. will help you see how to properly balance your work between personal life.

 

Knowing how to keep organised as an author is essential. It will make your life as an author so much easier and stress free. To keep everything organised is not an easy task, however, over time it will become natural to you and you'll find your author life much easier and better with all your work organised.


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