Thursday, June 13, 2013

Writerly Things ~ Time Management

This past week I noticed that many of my fellow bloggers (those who are also writers) lamented their difficulties with time management. Dudes, I am so there with y'all...

For maybe a year, I've been optimistically saying that I'd figure out a system by which I could work full time, regularly read all my fave blogs (of which there are really a LOT), compose two blogs a week, keep up with Facebook and Twitter, and also write.

Well, I haven't. So, rather than flagellate myself for what I can't do, I'm scaling back on my blogging: after this week, I'm moving to a one-blog-a-week posting schedule. I have to focus on my publishing goals and cutting back on blogging is the only way I can see that happening. Mind you, I may periodically post more than once a week, should something tickle my fancy (or someone tickle my libido—y'all know what a shameless hussy I am).

I admire those of you who can juggle all of the above and more. Kudos, peeps. I can't swing it, not at this point in my life. Maybe in future I'll have more head space/energy to tackle more frequent blogging and whatnot (though I have to admit, I'm so burnt out from A to Z that I've totally passed on a bunch of fun blog hops over the past month or so). But for now, I gots editing to do for a book I want to release this fall and a slew of WIPs that have been bitching for my attention for months. Months, people! And I must answer. For Destiny awaits, and I'm tired of awaiting it.

Have y'all scaled back on anything so you could better manage the achievement of your goals?

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  1. I'm still trying hopelessly to figure out the time management thing. I scaled back to once-a-week blogging a while ago, except for blog hops, etc. My FB page also demands a fair chunk of time. For some reason, I've had some unprecedented troll activity this week (everything from simple nasty remarks, to bizarre political and racist rants) that momentarily dampened my enthusiasm for putting in all the effort. Anyway, like you, I want to keep up the blogging, but I'd really like to devote more time to some other creative goals as well, so I continue searching for that elusive balance.

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    1. I'm fixing to scribble some stuff down in my calendar, as I tend to do better/be more productive when I write stuff down. Just gotta make myself think and write it down, now. :-)

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  2. My time saving writing trick is to narrate into my iPhone recording app when I'm driving to work in the morning and then spend my lunch break typing it out. I manage to get 1500 to 2000 words done that way, so even if I don't get any writing done in the evening I know I'll have that.

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    1. That's a nifty tip, Kellie, thanks! I commute to work so couldn't do that, but the premise of talking your writing through while doing a relatively mindless task and later typing it all up is a very sound one. :-)

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  3. I feel ya, momma! I wish I could say that I roll out of bed at the crack of dawn and bang out at least 5 pages before my day starts proper, but alas, no.

    In all honesty, with the lack of paid work currently, I view writing as an extremely guilty and self-indulgent pleasure, and for that reason I have virtually 'dried up' in writing output, and I can tell my blog has suffered for it.

    One day I'll write again, and do it in a proper, organised fashion and feel connected once again to my elusive muse ;)

    Love and hugs Mina Baby x :)

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    1. I wish I was capable of just about anything but snoring at the crack of dawn! :-)

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  4. Sadly, I've just scaled back on everything to concentrate on me, me, me. But I think it's been necessary, as I've been drifting in a sea of possibilities, searchig for something substantial on which to anchor myself. (How's that for a metaphor!)

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    1. That's a pretty frickin profound metaphor, dude. I totally get it. <3

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  5. Yeah....I scaled back on working so that I could blog, Facebook & craft more. *cackle* Seriously though, if and when I go back to full time work, I'll have to scale way, way back on my internet time.

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    1. LOL, JoJo. :-) I hope you're able to find work that leaves you time for everything else you love!

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  6. My hours at work changed, so I'm having to rejig my writing/housework tasks to accommodate it. At the moment, the housework is losing... but hopefully I'll have it sorted in a couple of months!

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    1. House...work...? What is this housework of which you speak??? ;-)

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  7. Regarding FaceBook - I've dumped that horrible medium - too much snooping and spying goes on for my liking. I refuse to sleep with the devil any longer!

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    1. Just as well, really; more of the horny fella for the rest of us. (W00F) ;-)

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  8. Laundry. I'v scaled back on laundry... the kids have been wearing the same underwear for days.

    Ok. SO that's not true. They have plenty of clean undies, I've really just scaled back on telling them to go change them.

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    1. And evidently I've scaled back on my proofreading as well. I've, not I'v and So, not SO.

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    2. LOL, Juli! Girl, you've got a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay full schedule!!! But you've also got that steely determination in ya to make your schedule conform to your needs. Beat that schedule into submission!!! :-D

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  9. Mina! I posted about something similar today. I totally get this and feel the same way. Writing comes first. Get your ass back to your writing goals and kick some A! And for the record, A-Z kicked my derrière too. (;

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    1. Elise! I'm going to Mass in a bit, will check your blog (and others') when I get back. Yeah, my writing goals, word. I've got to do a head trip on myself to kick my own ass into gear, but damn it, into gear my ass must go! :-)

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  10. So what day are you cutting out? Already chose a day? I'm suffering from internet difficulties but before that I was planning to cut from three days to one also. Seems it is the only way I can do everything I need to do. Still, expect some withdrawal effects. At least I'm having them.

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    1. I'm dropping Thursdays for the time being. I'm a bit sad about it, but such is life, you know?

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  11. I'm right there with you. I'm giving myself a two week "vacation" from writing, which really means two weeks of domestic servitude, too much coffee and the ensuing insomnia that scares away my Muse. The best I can do this evening is read one blog post (yours!) and lay in bed watching season one of the West Wing. I'm not sure why I think the West Wing will help, but I'm pretty sure it will.

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    1. I'm honored that the one blog post you read was mine! Thanks, Tonja! I think it's super smart to take deliberate time off but then set oneself to getting back to work at the end of that period.

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  12. I do feel a bit like this too Mina - to the extent that I was forced to mention you in my post. And yes I do few hops now, no time etc. But sure you will keep blogging :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Dude! And aye, I do intend to keep blogging. Right now, anyway. :-)

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  13. Other than occasionally watching a movie as a reward, I've given up watching sports and regular TV. I owe my characters as much of me as I can give, and, while entertaining, sports and TV numbs me and separates me from my darlings.

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    1. True. I cut back on TV a bit too much and have recently been feeling restless and deprived. Balance is the thing!!! :-)

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  14. Must be something in the water Mina! I've just posted about something similar myself. Still working through exactly how and when to scale back on certain things but something has got to give.

    Glad that you're carving time out to focus on your publishing goals. Good for you! <3

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. Good luck to us all!

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  15. I'm with Rocky: I've cut way back on television. Mostly I've replaced it with reading, though, so I'm still not meeting my ideal writing time commitment goals. Sigh.

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    1. On the other hand, something you recently saw on telly is inspiring in you a story, so win-win! :-)

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  16. I have all he time in world if I don't fritter it away, but sadly, I do fritter it away.

    I'm right now in a phase when I'm only dabbling with writing, reading a lot, so there's no excuse not to blog. I'm just scheduling a bunch of posts in advance on both my blogs and hoping and I can visit and comment on friends' blogs everyday.

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    1. You are so right about the frittering away of time. Gah. I realized today that I'm afraid of doing my (hopefully final) edits. Afraid! Why?!?!? GAH!

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  17. Hey Mina,

    You can chill now. Yes, finally I've arrived to um delight you with one of my highly collectable comments.

    I understand about priorities and time management. Oh yeah! I can relate to you taking it a bit easier on the blogging front. It really is a balance. Your passion is for publishing and to focus on that will be rewarding and most likely, therapeutic and cathartic.

    Whenever blogging gets too much for me I have the luxury of letting Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar take over my blog. Did I see the mention of blog hops and that ridiculous alphabet challenge!? Argggghhhhh!! Sorry, I feel better now :)

    All the best and take good care of you, my friend.

    Your adoring, starstruck fan,

    Gary

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    1. LOL, Gary, you are just too damned good for my ego. :-D You're lucky to have Penny...and she's lucky to have you!

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