Sunday, September 3, 2017

Time Management for Writers at Home



Tonight I was doing random household tasks and thinking about how much writing and proofreading work I still had to do. I thought about all the laundry, dishes, homeschooling, meals, phone calls, errands and details I handle or take care of every day and how often people are amazed that I can crank out articles and ebooks while (mostly) keeping my sanity, maintaining marriage and having a blast with my kids.

And it came to me.

We all have the same amount of time every day to with what we want/need to do.

So how do I fit it all in?

SLEEP
I start by making sure I get enough sleep so I am in premium condition. I don't try to get by on 6 hours when I know I need 7-8 to be a kind, functioning human being.

PLAN MEALS
I plan our meals in advance so I'm not scrambling at the last minute for something for us to eat. I try to double meals when I make them so I have another in the freezer for another time.

WORK SANDWICH
I do a chunk of my work in the morning when the kids are asleep, then fill up the Attention Tanks of my kids the rest of the day. At night when they are worn out and watching a movie, I flop down by them with my laptop and crank out another hour or so of work.

FOCUS!
I do things as fast as I can and try to focus on one task at a time. It's hard! But if I keep getting distracted, ADD-style, the job takes FOREVER! I put my phone out of sight and turn it off!

MAKE A LIST
I keep a list in pencil of everything I need/want to do and put a number priority next to each thing up to only 10. As I finish something, I erase it. That leaves room for something else to fill its spot, but hopefully only after I've finished two more things!!!! Update: I use Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens now and use a cheap spiral notebook for a bullet journal!

GET HELP
Oh, and of course I have the kids help out around the house. After all, I'm working to pay for gymnastics and other fun things, so they can certainly toss the dry laundry in a basket and bring it up to my bedroom, right?

I'd love to hear how you get it all done! Even if your kids are in school during the day while you work from home (or maybe they are up and out of the house), I'm pretty sure you still have some challenges with keeping on task. How do you power through?

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