So here we are at the end of round one. Kinda anticlimactic.
I had visions of amazing, world-changing progress. There was progress, (Looking at the positive as Kait says.) but overall I’m not happy with where I’m at. Having all these updates to look back on has helped me figure out the main cause of my disappointment.
I’m trying to do way too much.
See, I’ve got these ideas and I don’t mean the writerly ones. I’ve got plenty of those. The ideas I’m talking about are related to writing, but have nothing to do with actual fiction writing. For awhile I’ve wanted to do a blog carnival and recently I’ve started thinking about doing a radio show. Yes, the same guy writing about how limited his time is. In addition, I’ve been trying to build my platform and learn more about what I need to do as a self-publisher. And in between all that, there’s this book I’m writing. I think the technical term is slight lack of focus. In trying to do everything I think I need to do, I’ve haven’t gotten anything done as effectively as I could have.
Well, no more.
Yeah, I’ve declared that before, but this time I mean it! Haha, seriously I do. How can I be so sure? Because I’m going uber schedule on my ass and part of constructing said schedule was about cutting pieces of my day taking me away from the top priority. So what’s going to get cut?
First up is to limit my social media time. I’ve already done this to a degree, but some days I go nuts from chatting fun and stay on way longer than I should. Awesome blogger and pal, Jami Gold spent a month popping in and out of Twitter in snippets while she furiously worked on her book. Guess what? She finished writing it. Like many more examples I could name, the common thread is a tight schedule.
I’m also going to give myself a week off the internet every month. Yes, it’ll free up more time, but it’s also for my sanity. Since I can’t be on the computer all day, there’s this urgency to cram a lot into a short time when I get home. I can get some stuff done with my phone, but the majority is still done at home. A week off will free my mind of tweeting, facebook updates and thinking up blog topics. I enjoy that stuff, but some days I don’t want to do any of it. Know what I mean? I’ll be still around for update time, but just to read and comment. This is kind of an experiment. If I feel I don’t need a full week, I’ll adjust.
On the personal responsibilities front, my wife is going to take on some extra tasks that are normally mine to free up more time to write. Boy, do I love her a lot.
I’ll stop here before this turns into a time management series. Suffice to say I’ll soon have my whole life written down in a planner. Good times.