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Multiple Writing Deadlines: Life in the Pressure Cooker

It’s finally happened. The writing jobs are pouring in and you’ve said yes to some pretty tight deadlines in order to grab as many assignments as possible. In fact, it’s all a bit overwhelming. How are you ever going to get it all done?

Do. Not. Panic.

Break them down.

What steps are needed to tackle all the jobs? Common steps for an article assignment might be:

  • Research online
  • Collect background information at the library
  • Interview sources
  • draft
  • polish
  • submit

Break down all of your assignments at the same time. This will help with the rest of the steps, I promise.

Prioritize the projects.
Put the projects in some type of logical order. It may make sense to put them in order according to which deadline comes first. Or, you might look at your work breakdown and consider which assignments will take the most extensive work to put together in time for the deadline. Sometimes it’s easier to knock out a short piece that has a later deadline just to clear it from the schedule.

Focus on a facet.
When tackling multiple projects, put yourself on a research assembly line. Focus on one type of task and do it for ALL your assignments. For example, make ONE trip to the library to gather what you need for EVERY project. Set aside a day specifically for tracking down all of your interview sources. You’ll spend less time switching gears between writing tasks.

Do you have tips for tackling multiple deadlines? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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2 comments on “Multiple Writing Deadlines: Life in the Pressure Cooker

  1. When I have multiple deadlines, I have to let other stuff go mentally. So it takes a shovel to get through the living room or hubby’s eating directly out of the fridge, at least I’m working! 😉

  2. I know exactly what you mean, Beth. I have one time of the year when I am always completely booked. I literally work from ten in the morning until ten at night for a few weeks on end. Housework? What housework? Cooking? What cooking?

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