Do you have a side hustle?
Maybe blogging or writing on Medium.
It can be hard keeping everything organized. You need a system to stay focused but don’t want so much process that it stifles your creativity. I get it.
Imagine you sit down already knowing what you’re going to write about and just let it flow. Halfway through, inspiration for a new content idea hits. You quickly capture the idea and dive back into your initial writing. You write, edit and publish your work. Done.
Sound nice, right? This type of focus is possible with a bit of pre-work to sep a process that supports you as a writer.
Currently, I’m using Scrum to organize all my writing projects. I’ll walk through my setup so you can see it’s not that complicated.
Earlier this year, I was using Asana, which is a great app, but recently I’ve started using ClickUp. They have a fantastic free version, and even if you want to go the paid route, it’s only $5 a month. But you could use almost any project management tool for this setup.
In this article, I will walk you through five habits of agile writing and then show you my personal implementation of this approach. So let’s start with the four habits.
Full disclosure. For a Scrum purist, what I do is not technically Scrum, as one person is not a Scrum team. What I am doing is applying the principles of Scrum to the work of a solopreneur.
You need a writing cadence to establish your rhythm.
I started off with two weeks because I wasn’t giving as much time to writing, but I found it hard to stay focused with the longer time.
I switched to one-week sprints and wouldn’t go back. When applying Agile methods in real life, I find it helpful to synchronize timing, and most of my life runs off of a weekly cadence.
So let’s assume you’re doing a one-week sprint. Now you will select articles to complete during your sprint.
How many to select? This depends on two factors
So let’s say you decide three articles a week is right for you. You are committing to focus on these articles for the next week. You must protect your week from additional work, so no adding more during your one-week sprint.
Did you know Scrum applies to more than just developing code?
When you understand the essentials of Scrum and the nuance of how to apply it, you can use it to level up aspects of everyday life.