D. E. Haggerty gives us excellent advice on how to spend our time and workload at home during the quarantine and the ‘shut-in’ phase. Thank you, D.E. for your tips and tricks.
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Work from home. No boss breathing down your neck. No need to get dressed in business clothes. Hell, no need to shower or get out of your pj’s if you don’t want to. But as I’ve learned over the years as a work-at-home writer, it’s not as easy as it seems. And now many of you are forced to work at home, too.
Do not panic! I’m here to help with some tips and tricks for working at home. Because – despite initially missing colleagues and some gossip by the water cooler – I can’t even imagine ever having to go into an office. Blech!
Anyway, there are things you can do to make working at home not feel like you’re a prisoner in your own home. Here they are:
- Have a schedule…
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In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February.
Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?
The answer is, more or less, yes.
On the “Mixtus Media” blog I found a great article, written by Jenn Hanson-dePaula. She provides us with advice about saving time working on our Social Media accounts. Thank you very much Jenn!
A big complaint that I hear from authors about social media is how much time it takes. They don’t want to waste what little time they do have on social media when they could be writing.
So imagine their surprise when I tell them that I spend no more than 30 minutes per week posting to social media. And about 5-10 minutes total each day responding to comments, liking posts and engaging with my audience.
Social media is very important to grow your audience, but it doesn’t need to take over your entire day.
I’d like to share my process so you can easily schedule your own social media posts ahead of time and be more productive.
So here’s what I do:
Step One: Outline My Buckets
Last week I shared my approach to creating content buckets to make creating content for social media so much easier. Our personal content buckets currently consist of our blog posts, an informational tip, and a quote from another author.
When I first started this process I would take a piece of paper and write out each day of the week and list which content bucket would go for each day. As you’re starting this process, that might be helpful for you to do as well.
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