Time Management

I attended an online chat yesterday relating to time management. As a writer, I’m pretty much on my own as far as accountability goes, and even though I seem to have more free time than almost anyone I know, often my priorities take a back seat to other things.

Yeah, okay, I know – checking message boards for a moment during a mental block is not conducive to productivity. Neither are compulsively taking Facebook quizzes, or obsessively watching contest leaderboards. But still. Most of that is done in the evenings, when I should be “off” anyway. Really, it is!

At any rate, I’m up at 6:30 every day, but it takes me awhile to feel coherent; basically, I don’t want to talk or be talked to until about 8-ish. Today, however, I tried an experiment: I actually answered a couple emails BEFORE I finished my first cup of coffee. Okay, so it’s not actually conversation, and I’m not convinced that I made much sense, but I did do it.

And guess what, it’s not that painful…and I seem to be a bit ahead of the game, so far anyway – I’m blogging before noon, how’s that?

So, like I said, I’m up at 6:30 every day. Ha – my husband will tell you that HE gets up at 5:00, but then, he snoozes for a bit before dinner, and spends most of the evening in his recliner. Whatever. My day typically doesn’t end until about 9:00 or so. Especially now that I broke down and bought a shiny new laptop!

Normally, there’s a couple hours of waking up, checking email, message boards, reading the papers, and so forth. Then I have to add to my to-do list, make sure my son is awake and moving and has breakfast, and so forth. Usually I’m fairly presentable by about 9:00 a.m., which is when I seriously start to work.

Like I said, different tack today, and it’s paying off. Here I am, before noon. Yes, I already said that, but it bears repeating: a heck of an accomplishment!

In fact, so far I’ve edited about 25 articles, answered a dozen emails, cleaned up my computer files – a daily thing – and entered data on a couple websites. Alright, alright, that’s just a fancy way of saying “I tracked my Weight Watchers points” and “I Tweeted” and “Of course, I’ve been on Facebook, duh!”

But I did add a couple RSS feeds this week, and updated some more networking sites; which just means I now have less work to stay connected, and more time to write. Twitterfeed, too, is something everyone should try – you can have a continuous updating of your newest articles, blogs, etc., automatically posted on Twitter – it’s awesome! And try Google Reader for Facebook, same thing really, but since FB only allows one RSS feed, this is a way around that.

So that’s where I’m headed now.

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