If writing is something you do when or if the muse hits you " youre costing your company money.
If you cant tell how much time, precisely, youll need to write a 1000 word article " youre costing your company money.
Writing is a measurable, controllable process. By measuring the amount of time it can take, you control how much time it will take.
How Much Time Does It Take To Write?
If you tried to answer the question, youre trying to answer the question how long is a string.
If you tried to answer the question, youre giving away control and have the writing decide how much time it will cost you.
Because the best approximation to the answer is Parkinsons Law Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion
Measure: How Much Do I Write in What Time?
If youre using a keyboard the measure is called words per minute.
The average typing speed is 38 words per minute. Whats yours?
If you write
38 words per minute
570 words in 15 minutes.
Thats a 1000 word article in half an hour.
How long was your last blog post?
Establish Your Process
Your idea comes from your swipe file or your brainstorm.
Your article structure comes from your outline.
Your project support material such as links and quotes comes from your archive, (re)search, or your go-to sites.
You know how long each task takes because you measured what you can complete in a given time " after which you decided how much time each task will take.
Decide & Schedule: How Long Do I Write When
Go ahead: use a timer. Set yourself a deadline. Dont ask how much time it will take to write the post; see how much post you write in the time youve set yourself.
How can you refine this process? Do you think we should add flex-time for things like getting coffee, editing, going to the toilet?