In my year and a half as a freelance editor, one of the many things I have learned is that freelance editing is not a nine-to-five job.
When you are given a project with a tight deadline, you often find yourself burning the midnight oil.
I pride myself on meeting deadlines consistently. So how to I manage my time when I am editing?
When I first get the project, I look at how long it is and divide the number of pages by the number of days I have to work on it. This breaks the work into manageable chunks.
A daily planner is key. I write in it what I am going to do on the project, i.e., which pages on which I will work, for every day that I am going to work on the project.
I never forget to eat and rarely forget to exercise. My body is a machine, and a machine that is not properly maintained cannot do its work well.
I know when to say “no” to other commitments.
How about you? How do you manage your time when you are editing?