Written by Market My Market’s content team, with contributions from Lindsay Bennett-Guido, Tanner Mowery, Katie McLoughlin, and Kelly Quintana
When it comes to ensuring you’re meeting deadlines, good time management skills are key. Everyone works differently and manages their time at a different pace, and it can be hard to find the exact rhythm that works best for you and your unique working style.
At Market My Market, our team of SEO experts and content writers understand the significance of creating high-quality content and doing so before the deadline. To help you manage your time in an effective and efficient manner and never miss a deadline again, our writers have put together a few of their tried and true tips.
Tanner Mowery — Content Writer
Deadlines are daunting, and there’s no getting around that. The only method that works for me is excessive time management through planning. I’m slightly old-fashioned, so planning for the week or day is done on paper. I will go through my assignments or writing tasks for the day and, based on their deadline, will write down a to-do list that I plan on completing for the day. At this point in my career, I have a good understanding of how long certain tasks or pieces of content will take me, so I am easily able to determine what sort of load I am able to handle for that day.
For example, if I know I have a lot of meetings in the morning, I will only give myself one or two pieces of content to write afterward. If the meetings are in the middle of the day, I’ll set mini-goals: one piece before, two pieces after, etc. If I know I have a day free of meetings or other responsibilities, I plan on tackling three or four pieces separated evenly throughout the day. This is planned in a way that allows me to complete all of my work by the deadline while still maintaining the quality of the piece. If possible, I’ll also save trickier or more complex tasks for days free of meetings so I am given more wiggle room.
Katie McCloughlin — Content Writer
At Market My Market, deadlines are a major part of our duties as a content team. In order to write all our high-quality pieces within this time frame, we have to effectively manage our time and figure out the best ways to manage our workloads, which looks different for everyone. Personally, I manage my time by being realistic and looking ahead. With over a year and a half under my belt at MMM, I know how long pieces will take me, depending on their subject matter and other items on my to-do list. Therefore, I like to set realistic goals for myself each day that feel attainable so I don’t go through my workday feeling discouraged or overwhelmed.
I also like to look ahead at the rest of my content load and determine what I have to accomplish to achieve these daily and monthly goals. Working backward, I will look at the amount of content I have to write by a deadline and divide that by the number of days I have to complete it. Finally, I factor in my monthly social media and content edits work to better understand how to organize my days leading up to the deadline.
Kelly Quintana — Content Writer
As a writer for MMM, I’ve found a good way to stay on top of my deadlines is to look at all my tasks that need to get done. Instead of just looking at what I have to do each day, I take a step back and check out the whole month at once. This helps me plan out my time for each project so I can get a good idea of how long things will take.
I find it really helpful to focus on the big tasks first—the ones that eat up the most time. By tackling those head-on, I get them out of the way early in the month. That leaves me some wiggle room for unexpected tasks, like sudden requests from clients or last-minute jobs. Plus, I always look ahead to see what’s coming up next month so I can get a head start on planning and be ready for whatever deadlines are heading my way. This way of handling time keeps me efficient and flexible while ensuring my writing is the best quality possible.
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While managing a robust content schedule with tight deadlines can be a daunting task, the tips above can help you effectively manage your time and produce high-quality content. If you are looking for an experienced marketing team to take the stress of managing your business’ content off your plate, look no further than the experienced professionals at Market My Market. Our talented in-house writing team is ready to help you take your content to the next level so you can focus on other important aspects of your business.
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