Time Management

Time management has always been a priority.  I’m married, work, and have 2 kids with activities. When I decided to add writing to my schedule I didn’t realize what went with that.  Two years down the road, I have a new appreciation for the organized people who populate the world.  I’m not one of them.  You would think, since I taught middle school for a number of years, I’d have better organizational skills.  Not so much.

I have debated making an actual schedule and listing all of the extra stuff I need to do.  For instance: I have 2 hours before work, each work day that can be used on social media and or submitting stories.   Actual writing and editing can be done on my days off.   I can’t write at night because my characters will keep me up and then I’m a zombie the next day.  That’s bad for the kids.  Work nights I can work on stocking blogs for future use.  Oh, in a perfect world.

What do I need to do:

  1. Read books for research on new ms.
  2. Keep up with my blog.
  3. Network on social media. This is the hardest to control.  I turn on the computer to check Twitter and Facebook and the next thing I know, an hour has past.
  4. Submit short stories to gain exposure.
  5. Edit Dead in the Water and find it a home.
  6. Edit another SS.
  7. Create a spreadsheet for submissions.  I gave up on this and just pulled out a sheet of paper to track by hand.  Seriously, this is why I married a techo wizard.
  8. Breathe
  9. Platform building- this is the most problematic to me.  I have limited publishing experience, so I’m the new kid on the block with no “contacts”.  Finding a balance here is the hardest.  I could spend all day reading other writer’s blogs and commenting. I have no clue if it’s actually working or if I’m yelling into the wind. The same is true for Twitter.  Except, I really like Twitter.  Not sure why.  Don’t even get me started on Pinterest.  Update: I have Twitter, Google+, and author page on Facebook.  I am also “lurking” around CC.

It’s so easy to get bogged down with the extras of writing, that you lose sight of what we really want to do.  Write.

I’ll let you know how the scheduling goes, I will post at least once a week.  What’s on your to-do list?


11 thoughts on “Time Management

  1. I remember doing a blog post about this about an hour ago 🙂 I forgot to mention social media. However, I usually use Twitter from my phone, which I can do anywhere.


      • Haha. I do my tweeting out in the open in the staff room during breaks. My coworkers often have their phones out, too. I live in Japan, which is a cell phone obsessed country.


      • I used to have a flip phone. I got my first iPhone 4 1/2 years ago. It’s not really a phone, but I do a lot of my photo blogging from it, and it’s my most used camera and video camera. I rarely use it as a phone. It’s more like a PDA than a phone 🙂


      • I have a flip phone, mainly so I can feel like I’m on Star Trek. I’m not giving that up 🙂 My girls will be teenagers soon, then I will have to have a smartphone to keep up with them. Not looking forward to the data plan.


      • Nice thing about cell phone companies in Japan is the data plans. I got unlimited data for 3G, but now that I have 4G, there is a limit of 8 GB per month, I believe. 4G is wireless broadband, incredibly fast. I can stream video over the cell network.


  2. I don’t have kids and I’m not married, but I find the writing lifestyle exhausting and barely have enough hours to fit everything in. I am in awe of you and those who manage to do it with so many other responsibilities! 🙂


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