It’s critical to meet writing deadlines when running a writing business, right? No surprise there.
Also no surprise to know we each have a different way of working.
Some of us work best under the pressure of a deadline. When there isn’t time for any distractions, we can focus on the project at hand and get it done — without sacrificing quality.
Others prefer to take a leisurely approach and need time to plan, outline, draft, edit, rest, revisit, polish, and finally finish a piece — of high quality.
All through school, I could have months or weeks to work on a project, but it never mattered. I’d (almost) always wait until the night before to start, do, and finish the project. I was most motivated by that freight train’s light rushing toward me and could always produce something — never did I feel it was my best work, but I got passing grades.
As a business owner, I do work well under pressure and am not afraid to take on rush projects. There’s something highly motivating about knowing there are x number of hours to produce a 2-page report — and so no distractions are allowed.
But my preferred method of working is with a deadline, so that I can be leisurely and take on more projects. By working on something a bit at a time and giving it time to sit and having time to review before submitting, I feel I produce my best work.
And by planning and scheduling my time, I can take on more projects without stressing about how to finish any of them.
How do you work best?
Do you need a tight deadline?
Or do you need plenty of time to produce your best results?
We’re each different and no one method is perfect for everyone.
It’s good to know what works for you. Then you’re able to use that awareness to produce and deliver your best work to your clients and keep them coming back with more projects.
Do you find one way works best for you all the time? Or does it depend on the type of project?
I’d like to hear from you in the comments.
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She works well with the clock ticking, but prefers to have a plan and time to implement a project. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.