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    Jennifer Mattern

    I’m kicking off our series of monthly writing challenges with this one for July 2014.

    Goal: To figure out where our writing / working time really goes so we can optimize our schedules and become more productive writers

    Challenge: Choose one of the following options, and carry out your tracking for at least one full week during the month of July.

    1. If your focus is on billable hours (as a freelance writer), use a time tracking app such as Toggl to keep track of what you really spend time on during the day.
    2. If you’re more interested in word counts (as an author or blogger for example), keep a running list of everything you write each day and add up your total word count — manuscripts, blog posts, emails, social media updates, research notes, personal notes, outlines, etc.

    Share Your Stories: I encourage you to share your goals and results here in the community so we can all support each other. To do this, first register for an account if you don’t have one (it’s free). Then start a new Topic / Thread in this challenge’s forum area. This thread is your own, though other members can comment there; you should not post your personal goals and results in someone else’s thread as a reply.

    Tell us about your starting goals (how many billable hours you want to work in a week, what your word count goals are on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, etc.). Then come back and share the results from your tracked week. Are you reaching those word count goals but “wasting” them on sending too many emails instead of working on your book? Are you spending too much time reading blogs and checking your social networks and losing billable work hours as a result?

    Share what you learn about your own habits and schedule and what your plans are to improve how you spend your time so you can reach your writing goals.

    Jennifer Mattern - Owner 3 Beat Media

    Professional Blogger, Freelance Business Writer, Author

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