Today’s post is about my nemesis, Time Management. I’m learning more and more how important it is to have a schedule, and that I need to stay on it. Thursday, I sat down and wrote out a new schedule for household duties and writing assignments. This time, I am going to do my best to follow the list and try to cut down on wasted time.
One of my problems is that I don’t look at my writing as a true
occupation. I don’t devote enough time to actually sit down and
focus on writing; that can be hard to do when you are also running a
household. I may be up and down doing tasks like laundry, supper,
playing with the dogs, during my writing time.
Do any of us really treat our writing as a occupation? Do we
just write when we can, putting it to the back burner more than we
should. Friday night, we, at Christian Indie Authors had our normal meeting; it starts at 9 p.m. Eastern in the chat room. Author Pastor George took some great notes on time management, if you'd like to take a peek here they are.
Back on topic, this week we talked about Time Management, and we
started a thread in the
forums for members to post new goals they were setting. It’s our
job as friends and co-writers to also do the same, and check in and
see how others are doing.
I really hope to change the way I look at writing. Sure, chores
will need to be done, but instead of doing them while I’m writing, I
will be setting time aside to write. I will be doing the chores
in the morning and, since I like to write in the evenings, will try
to get everything done on my list for the day so I have my mind
and thoughts free to work on my job: That job is being an author. Though at the moment this new job of mine is not paying many
bills, it is starting to add to the money I have to spend on
groceries. If I start following my schedule and start treating
writing more like a business than just a fun past time, maybe
things will get even better.
I know we all
have different goals, and one of mine is to be able to make a
living as being an Author. But, if I don’t treat my occupation as
just that, (my occupation) I don’t think I will get much further
than I am now. That said, for me, it’s time for a change, and that
change may start with baby steps, but it will start and grow and
my schedule will become second nature after a while.
The schedule is written, the plan is laid out. Now all I have to
do is follow it. What are your plans? Are you like me just doing
things when you think about it? Maybe it’s time for you to write
out a schedule or maybe you’re on one that’s really working and
would like to share some thoughts.
I don’t normally ask for
comments but today I’m going to. Are you
on a schedule, do you have a plan that works, or are you just
happy with writing be a fun past time? Can’t wait to hear what
you’ve got to say.
Till next time