Monday, June 13, 2011

Please Sell Me Your Time Machine

I skipped blogging for most of last week, and I'd like to tell you that it was because I was getting caught up on all my revision goals for JuNoWriMo.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

However, I did make some progress, and I'm still chipping away. I've reached a few chapters where I can revise what's already written rather than writing all new stuff, which I hope will help me to bound ahead a few chapters. Because I feel like this is NEVER GOING TO END.

I don't really get time for writing on the weekends, so I have to fit my writing time in during the week. Between my job and the fact that my husband and I have plans most evenings, this leaves a very fine sliver of time for yours truly. Most days I have to make a choice--do I use this time for writing, or to go to the gym? Because for the life of me, I cannot fit in both. More often than not, I end up getting all indecisive and doing neither, and that free time gets sucked into the social networking abyss. And then I don't get a workout, which makes me sad and flabby, and I don't make progress on my WIP, which makes me sad and ornery.

Clearly I need to work on my time management skills. Last week I told my critique partner I feel like if I could just get a handle on one of these things, then I could figure out how to manage both. So I am dubbing this THE WEEK OF NOT HAVING TO CHOOSE, and layering a gym challenge on top of my revision challenge. I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get to an early spin class, which got me to work early as well, and I'll be damned if I'm not feeling perkier and more ambitious than usual. So for this week: a workout every morning, and revisions on the next three chapters.

Hold me to it, blogosphere. I will figure out how to manage my time if I have to bend the space-time continuum to do it! And tell me, what secrets have you discovered for managing your time?


  1. Don't beat yourself up! You're doing great. Keep going. It'll be over before you know it and you'll feel so good when you've got that fresh new draft in your hands.

  2. Ugh! I know about having to juggle stuff. Just started revisions and a workout challenge. Between Jillian Michaels and the WIP, I feel like I might go on a rampage. Much luck, girl! You'll be able to do it!

  3. :) Managing time is always difficult. There's just never enough of it! I'm still working on my summer schedule, so I'll let you know.

  4. Woohoo! You have started, which is sometimes the hardest part. Keep it up!

  5. Way to go you for being proactive about production. :) I think you've found a great way to manage your time by making goals for both.

    For me, I HAVE to designate a certain time as writing time. No internet, no anything but writing. Otherwise, it just doesn't get done.

  6. Hey I just wanted to let you know that I gave you the Versatile Blogger award over on my blog.

  7. I hear you on the time management stuff. I'll cheer you on, and if you figure out the secret, please share.

  8. Yes! You can do it!! I often run into the gym vs. writing dilemma. And often if I manage to do both, I loose a few hours of sleep. But I HAVE to believe there is a successful way to balance work and life and gym and writing! Keep us updated!!