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 sitting down and focusing 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, or playing with the dogs, during my writing time.
Do any of us really treat our writing as a occupation, or 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 even 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 farther 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