Time management

» Posted on May 3, 2006 in Blog | Comments Off on Time management

This time of year is especially hectic (hey, wait every time of year is hectic in my life) with school ending and trying to get a proposal to my editor, a book written and book edits read and back to Steeple Hill. I’m judging two contests and they are due within a week of each other. There are so many things I want to do but just don’t have the time (like read a book for pleasure), and I’m a highly organized person. I wouldn’t even want to think about it if I wasn’t. I’d probably be running down the street screaming.

So how do you manage your time? How do you carve 36 hours out of the 24 hour day? I know I need to learn to say no more, but boy that is just so darn hard to do. And making list of priorities can be hard when everything is a priority (okay, a few of the things) or due about the same time. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed I just want to do nothing, and then I get further behind if I give into that feeling. On top of that I have about 5 ideas for books swirling around in my head and I wish I could right them right this moment.

So again back to the question, how do you manage your time? Does anyone have a magic answer? As a writer this can be an important part of writing–as important as other aspects of writing. We have to find the time to write–hopefully consistently so we produce a whole book.