09 Sep

#timemanagementproblems

Wow, so it’s been over a month since I was last in these dusty bloggy parts. Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to be so neglectful. But there were reasons. First, I had enlisted the help of my writer friend Mike Chen into helping me move the site from one server to the next (technical stuff), and requested help from another writer friend, Sierra Fong, for help in redesigning a graphic to head up this site. I’m super excited to unveil the new design a little later, as it’s not quite ready yet, but it’s much better than my Post-it picture up there (as much as I love my Post-its).

Then, the bread-and-butter job got uber-busy, and so I was kind of swamped for a while handling all that and trying not to lose my mind simultaneously. Then there are the wedding plans that need sorting, the reading that needed to be completed, the meal planning and prepping required of me while on this medical diet, the awesome short story course I signed up to take from the master Louisa Bacio… and the god-awful shopping that needed to be done in preparation for our upcoming engagement photo sessions. Yes, I’m a woman who hates shopping. What of it?

And so it’s been a struggle to be my butt in the chair, hands on the keyboard. It’s been a challenge to get the words on the page, and so I’ve found myself flitting between projects. I’m ignoring the big one, the YA Urban Fantasy one, because it’s long. After my graduate program, and after RWA, I decided I wanted a small victory–a little win. In my mind, this meant a short story, a baby novella–somewhere in the 10k-20k vicinity.

Well, I’m juggling those two projects now–one in the 10k and one in the 20k arenas–and really need to buckle down and just finish one of them. I keep telling myself: finish one. Then go to the next. Mark off that to-do-list checkbox, feel accomplished. It’s time, I suppose, to figure it out.

I admit: time management? Not one of my strong suits. So, I’m asking for your opinions, your tricks of the trade, your guidance. How do you make it work? How do you manage your life and your writing? Do you use any tools? Do you write lists? Do you take notes? Do you just plant yourself in the chair at a designated time and put word after word on the page? (This, I’m trying to do now, by participating in #1k1hr challenges on Twitter. Join us sometime!) It’s helped, but I feel like I can do better. So tell me, writer friends, how do you do it?

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