Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Mary Segers in Today’s Showcase
Ask 5 Expert Authors: “What is challenging about article writing?” 4 out of 5 will respond: “Time.” For Expert Author Mary Segers, time is a challenge easily conquered with flexible time management solutions.
After receiving her bachelor’s (3.98 GPA) and master’s (3.88 GPA) degrees, Mary noticed that she didn’t suffer from the same ills of her cohorts, e.g. no time for themselves. Following graduate school, Mary decided passing on her unique time management skills could help the world. Setting out with a variety of self-made time management programs, Mary uses her quality articles to reach her audience, broaden exposure, and drive traffic to her time management solutions.
Be Inspired – Mary’s Writing Strategies
All too often, you may have an incredible “Eureka!” moment, but perhaps something gets in the way from writing or fleshing out the idea. Here’s how Mary capitalizes on these moments:
- Write ideas down to clear your mind and focus.
- Sit and let your mind wander to the issues that individuals struggle with in your niche.
- Take a walk and observe people just living their lives and going about their routines.
- Once every couple of months, spend a few hours writing new article titles.
- Maintain a spreadsheet and add questions you’ve been asked or you’ve seen asked in forums.
Article Writing Solutions to Kids, Environment, and Finding What Works
When you think time management, you may imagine a drill sergeant’s schedule; however, Mary doesn’t follow a rigid schedule or any certain routine. Rather than forcing herself into a prescribed solution that doesn’t work, she adapts solutions that best fit her lifestyle by finding what works for her. More on that and Mary’s other challenges (and solutions):
Challenge: Distractions (Kids) and Focus
Mary’s Solution: I’ve persisted and held my ground. [My 16 year old daughter is] finally getting better at something I’ve been trying to teach her for years (and I do mean YEARS): waiting while I finish up what I’m working on right then. This keeps us both in a better mood and we both get what we want … she gets attention and I get to finish what I’m working on.
Challenge: An Encumbering Writing Environment
Mary’s Solution: I finally figured if I was going to be spending the rest of my life writing, I may as well be as comfortable as possible … I control what I can. I make sure everything is as conducive as possible for me being able to concentrate and write. Temperature, lighting, sound, hunger … they are all such easy fixes.
Challenge: Finding What Works for ME
Mary’s Solution: When I find something that works for me – whether that’s a location to work, a time to work, a piece of software, or whatever – I try to stick with it. I still like hearing suggestions and I like trying new things, but I’m quick to throw them out if they don’t really work for me.
Mary’s Advice to Fellow Expert Authors
Toward the end of our interview, Mary shared her insightful advice and what she would do if she could start all over again in her article writing efforts. Here’s her reply in her own words:
Find what works for you and make sure it fits around your life, your family, and your personality. Notice the word was fits … not forced. Don’t get me wrong … there will be things you need to force (i.e. yourself out of bed, to turn off the TV), but like new shoes, there should be at least some degree of comfort right from the beginning. Listen to your instincts … they aren’t marred by overthinking. Finally, thinking and learning will take you nowhere. Putting action behind that thinking and learning will take you anywhere you want to go.
Use Mary’s incredible time management strategies and advice to overcome your own challenges to achieve your article writing goals.
In the final words of her interview, Mary left us with a motivating spark: “I’m getting ready to really amp up my article writing. Get ready.”
We’re ready for you, Mary – bring it on!
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