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Making Time

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!

4 comments:

  1. Really excited for you, Amy. I love the decision. You deserve to be read and read widely.

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  3. Thanks Joe. Your support and encouragement mean a great deal to me. I feel the same about your writing. I hope you'll continue to find time to spin stories!

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  4. Being organized is key. I have a stickie app for the laptop with different colors for to-dos for work, writing, household and hobbies. Best of luck!

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