Ever feel like you just don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish the never ending list of things you need to do. I know this feeling well. I use to get up and become so over whelmed with all the things I needed to do that I got nothing done. It lead to a lot of wasted days.
I would get up with good intensions to get things done. But when I would sit at my computer it all seemed to scream at me. I needed to do crits, write, blog, get school work done and apply crits to my work. Not to mention the everyday thing that needed to get done. So I would sit and try to pick one thing to do but the other things kept getting in the way. If I was writing I kept thinking I need to do crits. If I was doing crits I kept thinking I need to write a story for school. I would get so frustrated I would quit and leave it all for the next day.
The problem with putting it off was I would get so behind I’d become stressed and not sure where to start. This seemed like a never ending and gut wrenching cycle for me. As a writer you really have to be able to use your time wisely. So I sat and thought how can I fix this? I knew it had to come to an end.
The thing I came up with was putting myself on a schedule. It was amazing. All of a sudden I was getting things done and even had spare time. Wow! I couldn’t believe something so simple could make such a difference. I get up knowing what my day consists of. I can push aside other tasks because I know they have a day all to themselves to be done.
My schedule is very simple but has lifted a great weight off my shoulders. This is my weekly schedule.
Wed.: Chapters for my WIP
Fri.: Apply crits to my work
It’s really worked for me. I find, I can get things done and sometimes even start on what I need to do the next day. Or just take the rest of the day off without feeling guilty about it. It has really eased my mind. I know this may not work for everyone, but I think we all have a certain way we do things. I would love to hear what works for you. Do you do better on a schedule or flying by the seat of your pants? It doesn’t really matter what works for you. The important thing is it works.
Happy Reading and Writing,