Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blither Me This... An IWSG Post

Once, in the early days of internetonia, Alex J Cavanaugh created the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the one day out of the month that I can whine and complain about whatever writing related issues I have without fear of judgement.

This month, it's time management that gets me riled up. I've whined about this one before, but it does cause me great concern. I simply can't function as a father/husband and do all the peripheral things that would-be authors are expected to do. Especially when my job decided that I needed way more work to do on a daily basis.

Instead of acknowledging these things and having a plan. I half-ass all of them and hope no one calls me on it. It's burnt me on more than one occasion.

So what to do? I have no idea. I want to do it all, and have been reluctant to cull back on my commitments in some vague hope that I'll just 'figure something out' and not have to give up anything. But the first step in solving a problem is admitting one exists. Wish me luck.


14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Then maybe it is time to cull a few things. If you're just going through the motions and doing just enough to get by, then that doesn't sound like much fun.

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

Sounds like you need to clone yourself so you can have one Rusty to take care of all the home/author stuff and another Rusty to take care of all the work stuff.

Tara Grover Smith said...

I'm in the same situation as you...WAY too busy. I have my own business, teach part time, yada yada. Some of the "peripheral" things that writers are supposed to do are just that--peripheral. It all boils down to words on the page. It's amazing how much can get done in a 15 minute lunch break. I look forward to more of your posts! ~Tara

Sarah Chafin said...

Oh do I ever relate with this. I always think I can do more than I actually can. I will be haunting this post hoping that someone has some life altering advice! Simply Sarah

Andrew Leon said...

You need to get more in touch with Einstein. Remember, time does not exist.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I have the same problem. An already packed schedule, but suuuure I can fit in this one more thing or help out one more person. Not the best plan.

Admit the problem. Pray for a solution?

Jo said...

On Lee's blog L. Diane said make lists, I think that's a good way to go.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Mark Means said...

In situations like this, you just have to prioritize. It sucks, sometimes, but there's not two ways about it when you're crunched for time.

Sometimes, making a list helps, as well....best of luck! :)

M. J. Joachim said...

Time management is really difficult at times. I'm not sure doing everything half backwards is the way to go. Sounds like it all could implode on you that way. Might be better to step back and minimize time spent on some things, so you can give 100% to others that need your focus more. Just my 2 cents. We can only do what we can do, after all.

Deborah Walker said...

Sounds like someone need a tomato time.

Debra McKellan said...

Time Management? Who is that guy? Never heard of him. ;) I used to keep a schedule for myself of what to do and when. I sometimes think of going back to that.

Good luck!

Gina Gao said...

I totally understand being way too busy! I need to squeeze time in every day.

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The Golden Eagle said...

I struggle with time management as well. Wish there was a way to just stick in more of it here and there. :P

Jay Noel said...

I'm in the same boat. And when I have to travel (which is often), that's yet another time suck.

It's tough, but not impossible.