Time Management

Today was the first day of work. With school already started, my writing on-going, and sunday school starting up in two weeks, it’s time l start managing my time.

I was happy to go to work this morning, but it still would have been nice to have an extra week (or five) of summer. I got lot done this summer with my writing and l would like that to continue. With work, sunday school planning, and homework in the mix it’s going to be a lot tougher.

I know a lot of writers set aside a certain time each day to get their writing done. It may be an hour in the morning, it may be an hour and a half in the evening, whatever. Some try to write a certain amount of pages a day and others write a certain amount of words each day.

I’ve tried writing ten pages a day a long time ago and it didn’t last long. I tried 5,000 words a day and it worked up until a new school semester started. So, l tried 2,000 words a day and that worked for a while, but it didn’t last. This time, l’m going to try to work for an hour each day and whatever l get done in that hour is what l get done.

I work better in the morning so l figured l should do it before work. I have to be at work by 8 and l also have to drive my cousin to school and she has to be there by 8. So l’m leaving my house a little earlier than normal. So when would l fit in this hour of writing and still have enough time to get myself ready and leave on time?

Yes, l set my alarm for 5 in the morning allowing myself a half hour to roll out of bed, get dressed, and make a cup of coffee. Then from 5:30-6:30 l wrote. I typed up the edited draft of Detective Florence. I got ten pages done, which was what l wanted to get done.

I then had an hour to eat breakfast, brush my teeth, get my stuff ready for work, etc. I’m writing this post now to kill some time before l have to leave. So, needless to say, it worked.

While l would like to get more than an hour of writing done each day, this will do for now. After work today l have to babysit (which means l won’t get home until after 5 tonight) and then l’ll have to do some homework. So at least l can say l got my writing done which, to me, is the most important.

Let’s hope the routine lasts for me. I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to produce a habit… l don’t know if that’s true, but l’m going to pretend it is.

15 thoughts on “Time Management

  1. Good luck with the time management. I’ve never been able to do the page, word, or time limitation writing. I always come up short because something happens. I settle for just getting something done and utilizing a guilt trip on the other people in the house if they get in my way too often. 🙂

    • Guilt trips are always good! That’s another reason why l chose the morning… people are either sleeping or they’re getting ready for work/school.

  2. Wow, I never realized it took 21 days to get into a habit. No wonder many writers struggle with getting into a routine! Like the above commenter said, I focus on getting something done, and I feel satisfied as long as I can do that. Good luck!

  3. I enjoyed reading your post and you’ve given me some good ideas in goal setting. Right now I’m working on finding what works for me. I think I’ll try what you suggested you’ve tried, writing a specific amount of pages, words or doing it all in a specific time stretch. Time management certainly is a tough thing to master when you are busy.

    Good luck! You’ll do great as long as you read and write every single day, even if it is for just 15 minutes. That’s how I see it anyway. 🙂

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