My decision to pursue Indie Publishing offers some challenges. Particularly time management. Not that this is new to me. I've been a busy woman for a long time. Full-time job, three kids... it keeps me on my toes. There've been times when I had to put my writing on the back-burner, but I've always come back to it. I've always made time for it... because I WANTED to write.
Now I want to write AND publish. So I'm taking a proactive step to my time management. In order to make time for writing, editing, formatting, promoting, and all the other stuff that goes along with publishing - especially Indie publishing - I'm going to have to be super-structured in everything... writing, working, laundrying (I know it's not a real word, but it should be!), cooking, shopping, etc. etc.
So today I started. I made a chart, detailing the days of the upcoming week and what I need to do at various times each day. I'm starting sort of simple, only detailing the week/work days. If I find I need to detail out my weekends, I'll add that in later. It's already helped me to have a visual outline of my week. See those blank spots? Those are places (in addition to the chunks of time I already have once the kids go to bed and on the weekends) where I can slide in things for my writing activities. Charting out my week has given me a "heads up" that those moments exist in my week, so I can be prepared with what I need (laptop, flashdrive, highlighters, etc.) to make good use of them.
I've always been a pretty organized girl - in my head. You wouldn't know it by looking at my desk or in my closet! But I've decided that I need to me more than just organized mentally. The visual outline of days will give me a road map of how best to use my time to accomplish everything I need to for my writing, my job, and my family.
Happy reading and writing everyone!