Okay, enough dilly-dallying.
Kids are back in school today, which means that I NEED to get a lot of writing done. Problem is, I also have a ton of errands to run. And that leads us to Problem #2 in the Making of Baby Grand: Time Management. (If you’ve been keeping track, Problem #1 is Procrastination.)
One of the greatest things about full-day school is not having to drag the kids shopping. It bores them. It frustrates me. I took them to Lowe’s last night for an hour, and I spent more time wondering if they’re okay, tired, hungry, than actually shopping. So I like to make use of the alone time, while they’re at school, to get things done. But, as you know, I… must… write…
Managing my time seemed easier when I was writing mostly freelance articles. They were short assignments, for the most part, and I could schedule phone interviews and work around those. Generally speaking, if I don’t have a large block of time to work, I don’t like to get into a big project, and writing this novel is a big, BIG project, so I end up wasting a lot of time I could have used for writing by not taking advantage of the little pockets of time I have throughout the day.
What I’ve tried in the past is slicing the day in half: working in the morning, and then filling the rest of the day with whatever I can fit in (housework, food shopping, etc.). But sometimes I’m on a roll and don’t stop working at noon, and my kids end up with Wendy’s for dinner and no clean clothes to wear. Or I can’t get started or am feeling uninspired and spend my time organizing a drawer that I don’t really care about and have nothing to show for myself at the end of the day. Or sometimes I have appointments in the morning or for lunch, and that throws my entire day off, and I spend the day watching reruns of House, frustrated.
I have a Long Island Writer’s Club luncheon on Wednesday (see what I mean?), and we’ve been asked to present an issue that I’ve been struggling with so that the group can provide suggestions. I guess “time management” is it for me.
Maybe, today, I’ll try alternating my work hours: work from 9 to 10, run errands from 10 to 11, etc. Maybe if I can fool myself into thinking of my novel as shorter projects, I’ll be able to do more work. I hope I buy it!