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Caffeine Me~

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Crafting a schedule that works has been a challenge that I have yet to conquer.

I wake up at six every morning and zombie my way to the percolator and think of the Gilmore Girls episode when Lorelei says “Coffee, Coffee, in an IV”, not an exact quote but the many is clear. But that is how I feel just about everyday.

I wonder how other people manage as a wave of exasperation rises up and threatens to defeat me before I have even started my day.

I think about all the writing projects I have begun and need to work on in between doctor appointments, running kids to school and jobs, plus keeping the house, yard, pool, car, garage, and pets all cleaned up, fed, and tended to.

And writing is not just a nice little hobby anymore for me, that I can set on the back burner of my life. I would like to create a part-time freelance career from home so that I can still be at home for my family, earn an income and do what I enjoy. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

This morning I was skimming a writing magazine and an article caught my attention, and basically it is describing the idea of splitting work into chunk’s of time. I wish I had big chunks of time in my day but I don’t so I thought even if it were thirty, twenty, etc minutes of time at least I would be getting more done.

Write on creative fiction (novel) 15 min

Freelance writing (article Idea’s) 15 min

Edit (finished Novel) 15 min

Research and Business (15 min)

Honestly  I am not sure if this is a workable plan for me, but there has to be away to get more done in the time I have.

What works one day may not be realistic on another day, this has also been a dilemma for me.

I know I have read how the writer will get up an hour or two earlier, or stay up later but I feel like I’m running on empty already.

What time management  advice would you give to someone?

5 thoughts on “Caffeine Me~

  1. Gee, Iola. I wish I had some answers for you. Time seems to be the major problem for all of us, right up there before ideas.

    From my own experience, I know that I need a bigger chunk than 15 min., especially when I get onto the research part.

    Maybe tackling two things, instead of all four, per day. You could hit the other two for a half hour on alternate days. Maybe designate a certain day as research/business and split the others up on various days.

    As you figure this out for yourself, let us know how it’s going.
    xoA

  2. I’m right there with you. My day is usually already filled to the brim with scheduled commitments and I often times feel as though I have no time to sit down and write. I do try writing lists for each day that could be completed in a reasonable amount of time and try to follow that. It helps me organize my time and calms me from total panic over the amount of work that I have to get done. It works for the most part. I may not finish everything on my to-do list, but I’m sure I accomplish more than I would wondering around aimlessly and worrying without it.

  3. I totally understand. I squeeze in as much writing as I can in between play dates, grocery shopping pick up from school, etc. I am still struggling to manage my time and still have the energy to do other things I like to do. If you get some good advice let me know.

  4. No answers for you. I find it very difficult to fit everything in around my work, various other obligations, etc. I agree with Annis regarding the 15 minutes…not enough time. I find it sometimes takes me that long or longer to get my head into a writing space. And once I’m there…an hour or more will go by in the blink of an eye. Editing also eats up time. If you’re going to chunk your time, I’d do bigger chunks. An old friend of mine told me that what she did was designate one night, one night each week for her writing (fiction). And on that night, the same night every week, she’d remove herself from her home and family and everything else and just write. I have trouble on the follow-through with those kinds of things, so it never worked for me. She seemed to like it though.

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