Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Motivation - Let's Chat About Time Management

Let’s Chat About Time Management

We’re going to continue to focus on time management and productivity as writers. As I’ve been reading about how to get and stay in the writing habit, I have come across some advice that urges the writer to keep track of everything they’re doing in prescribed blocks of time throughout the day. Then they can find the lost time, which can be used for writing. This is a time management technique that goes way back, but let’s be honest, most of us know where we are wasting our time or not using it as effectively.

Having goals and blocking off that writing time is important. Unfortunately, life around us can bleed through the lines around our blocks of time. Elderly parents have emergencies, children need help with their homework, and spouses need to discuss important issues or can’t find clean underwear! Well, you get the picture. However, the time we use to do chores or organize the pile of junk we don’t really need is more controllable. One of the most practical websites I keep going back to is Flylady. Even if you’re totally unorganized, she teaches you to break down household organization and time management into bite size chunks of 15 minutes.

Managing our time used on other chores and the environment around us can only contribute to having more time consistently set aside for writing and that is our ultimate goal. Like anything else, Flylady’s methods are a tool and you can adapt them to your style and household. Don’t get bogged down by perfectionism. Now, start flapping those wings!

This week’s writing prompt: Everyone in the town had cabin fever . . .

Write a paragraph about this . . . or a whole story! Have some fun with it!

Please leave a comment and share if you have a favorite book or website that helps with time management. I love to hear from my readers!


  1. Time management is something I struggle with every single day. I think we will until we die! Some days are smooth without any interruptions. Others are full interruptions. Thanks for the encouragement!

    1. You're welcome, Karla. I think you're right. It's part of the human struggle!
      And if I give into the chaos I only get further behind. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This writing prompt makes me think of Alfred Hitchcock or Steven King lol. That would be a very interesting story!

    1. Hi Sally! Yes, it does kind of lend itself to an air of suspense or mystery
      doesn't it? ;) Thank you for your comment!