A favorite, or not so favorite topic - but a very important one. We all know when we're doing it properly and when we're not. When we're on a roll, things are getting done, progress is being made and we feel like a superhero! We are unstoppable! Bring it on and we will succeed! Nothing is going to stop us now, we've found the secret formula!!
**cue screeching brakes**
Then...someone or something throws the dreaded monkey wrench, causing chaos, inevitable panic, and no time for a calming glass of wine to regroup. You're schedule is jam-packed yet you still have goals. Goals that can still be kept if you adjust accordingly.
I've never been a "true" schedule person. I like order, and I'm a definite list maker. I'm a planner and I need to know what is coming down the road so I can be ready for it, but I don't need to know exactly what time it's coming. Monkey wrenches get thrown at me alot - especially when it comes to my writing. Just when I believe I have a "plan" (ha, okay, call it a schedule) on what I'm working on and when I perceive "the end" if I stick to it.....I end up switching gears, and for good reason.
My only problem is I have so many lists, updated lists, re-updates lists...my desk is a clutter house for my To-Do's! You'd think I would simplify and condense my lists. Nope, I can't. Each list has notes about the things on it, usually too much to re-write onto a revised list. It's crazy, but it's what I call my orderly chaos. Don't move my lists or throw them away. I know exactly what's on them and where they are (well, usually) when I need to refer to them. I do this for everything: housework, kids sports, my school work, the day job, and my writing. Now, some things coincide with my calendar (I keep 2 of these) and usually my day job list gets re-written, but I just can't do this with my personal lists.
I write this post today because I'm realizing more and more the importance of being flexible in my writing life, yet still managing myself so I stay on track. It's very easy to get off track and that seems to be my biggest hangup. My time is divided into so many different areas, I often think if I could just let one of them go it would make my life a lot easier. But unfortunately for me, letting go of something isn't an option. So...I have to dig deep and make it all work the best I can while keeping everyone happy (or close to it).
I've recently thought of a schedule that I'm going to try to put into place (especially when the hubby is home and not traveling). It's a tough balance, but I think if I can stick to it it will work. I have to make it work because my writing goals have changed a bit and I have to be more aggressive with this if I'm going to be a success.
So continuous lists is how I stay on track. What tricks do you have to manage your time? How do you handle the monkey wrenches?