I can’t believe it is May! Last time I looked at the calendar I swear it was March.
Working on a deadline keeps me on my toes. I get so caught up in the writing process I forget that life is still going on around me. That’s why I keep a daily planner next to my computer. Not only does it help me keep track of my days, but at the end of the each day I record my word count so I can monitor my writing progress. The planner also helps me keep track of upcoming book deadlines or reminds me where I am in the publishing process so I stay on top of my projects.
When I start a new project, I really need to manage my time. Creating characters, making sure I have a strong storyline and an outline to keep the pace moving are time consuming, but a critical part of my process. Once I’ve done all that, I begin to write. The calendar is still there to keep me moving along, making sure I get to the next goal.
My mind gets so entrenched in my work-in-progress that I forget the little things like laundry. (Okay, no one needs an excuse to miss laundry.) But there are still necessary things like dinner and keeping groceries in the house that I still have to attend to. Thankfully my husband is on board with my career and never complains.
You certainly don’t have to be a writer to handle time management. Being a working Mom, carpooling the kids and keeping up with the family schedule is enough to make you rely on a calendar. And if you’re anything like me, you’re wishing for more hours in the day.
I’m looking forward to a free day so I can sit back and read a book without being interrupted. I plan on making enjoying a Harlequin Heartwarming book. Guess I need to pencil that into my planner.