Happy Friday QG Writer!
I hope everyone has something fun planned for this weekend. I know I do! Tomorrow I get to walk in my college graduation ceremony at SUNY Cobleskill, very exciting! Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain on my parade!
I just wanted to pass on a friendly reminder about proper article etiquette.
This week has a been a bit slow and I know that everyone is itching to get there hands on a few articles. Please be selective when claiming articles, and only take articles that you can commit to completing by the deadline. It’s unfair and unprofessional to withhold work from others while you decide whether or not the project is doable in your specific situation.
While I try my best to accommodate extensions when possible, extensions are not a given. Too many extensions may reflect poorly upon your account and should be used only as a last resort.
I know everyone is very busy with various other projects, family, and work responsibility; so I’ve included a few tips that can be used to help pick and choose your articles.
Ask yourself the following before hitting the claim button:
How will this article effect my family time?
How will my existing projects effect the time I can dedicate to this project?
Can I realistically meet the deadline (without pulling an all-nighter)?
Do I have a basic knowledge of the subject to help me with the article? If not, can I dedicate the time to research the topic?
I have found that there are a few ways to save yourself the headache of an article time crunch.
Assign yourself a shorter deadline: “I will have this article done the day before”. With a shorter deadline, you give yourself a little leeway in the event of an emergency.
Keep a running schedule next to your computer for easy access when claiming articles, one of those flat-lying desk calendars can do wonders for time management. The catch is that THEY ONLY WORK WHEN YOU REMEMBER TO WRITER THINGS DOWN!
Organize your bookmarks. keeping a few writing essentials handy like a dictionary and thesaurus can be a lifesaver if you hit a writer’s block while searching for information on a topic or the perfect word.
Print a copy of the Current Style Lists and other resources. I understand that not everyone may have access to a printer, but even if you save the style list as a Word doc, it will make it easier to access, instead of flipping back and forth through tabs and windows. Printing the “How to Find Links” information might also be helpful.
Paste the article directions into your article doc. Instead of trying to remember all of the article directions or move back and forth from your research to the writer panel, paste the article instructions into the doc, that way the instructions are easily accessible and you can remove completed requirements as they are met.
Close unnecessary tabs/windows. We all have our vices and distractions. My vice is Facebook and social media, but I don’t want to spend 6hrs on a project that should take 3, so I have to teach myself to close my Facebook tab and get back to work.
I would love to get some writer feedback and helpful tips going. If you have a tip that works well for you, please feel free to leave a comment and share it with other writers.