For the over a year now I’ve been following the same scheduling process for my writing.
Put simply when I’m writing a book or writing an article each Sunday night I reference my monthly goals (i.e. Complete 20K words towards book, complete 6 blog posts, etc.) and I create weekly goals.
My weekly goals, will include 3000 to 6000 words depending on my schedule and an article or two. This has always worked well for me and more importantly I’ve been able to stick to it.
Which by the way should not be underestimated. If you can stick to 1000 words per week compared to an inconsistent 2000 words per week you’re better off focusing on the thousand.
The problem is that I love creating content despite my lack of time. I’ve always felt the need to write more, create more.
I’ve convinced myself to stay patient and just continue to chip away. Though I’ll continue to take that approach it doesn’t hurt to also focus on taking some time to audit your process.
A few weeks ago I decided to change things up so I could begin creating more courses to help aspiring writers. This means that I have to write a post per week, write towards my current book, and create content.
This is a ridiculous amount of work if done inefficiently.
To address I took some time to strategize. To audit my writing process.
Here is what I came up with.
From this point on I’m going to continue to use my goal setting process but I’m going to develop a system where I can create one form of content then outsource the remaining forms based on my creating.
More specifically, I’m going to create presentations (Keynote) that includes important bullet points. Then I’m going to record the audio of myself talking about the concepts covered in those slides.
With that content I’m going to do two things:
1.) Send the slides and the audio to a video editor to put it all together into one video.
2.) Send the slides and the audio to one of my editors who will then transcribe my words, edit them into a blog post and a section of a book.
After a month I should have course, tons of content of the site, and a book that all go hand in hand.
I’m creating one thing and utilizing others to repurpose this content. You might be thinking that it sounds expensive.
It is more affordable then you think.
I found a guy from Romania via upwork.com who will complete my simple edits at $6 per video (roughly 7 to 8 slides over 8 minutes of audio). Nothing fancy but valuable, helpful content.
I have a great editor who I have worked with multiple times and because of the regular work I provide I essentially will be able to get all of this done for $.01 per word of the longest form of content. In other words, if the blog post is longer than the relative section of the book then we will use the blog post.
The key is to acknowledge that I have no idea if this will work out. In fact, it most likely won’t.
But I’m going to try it, keep an open mind, and make adjustments as needed.
When was the last time you audited your writing process?