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Monday, March 23, 2015

How Do You Find Time To Write?

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Look at all those monies!

If I had a dollar for every time 

I was asked this question

I'd be rich enough to retire today.

 

Here's My Secret...

 

 

I Don't.

 

Being a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling, college attending, wife, mom, and writer is no piece of cake. Each "job" has its own unique set of challenges. Tackling one at a time is enough to keep any average 40-something woman on her toes. Tackling them all at once? I admit it's crazy. It's also doable because I learned 2 specific rules for "Doing All The Things!" that has never failed me.

 

Two Rules & My Secret Strategies:



 Rule # 1 You Cannot Do ALL The Things!

 
  • Prioritize Your Life!

    1.  Take out three sheets of paper.

    2.  Title one page: Ongoing
         Title the second: Alternate
         Title the third: Doable

    3. On your Ongoing page make a list of the reoccurring tasks you have to get done in order of importance. (Think "have to" and not "want to".) For example, you "have to" go to work. Take a close look at each item. Can you delegate it to someone else? Could your spouse take on the laundry or washing dishes in order to allow you to complete more of your "have to" items? If you can delegate put a name next to the task and move it to the bottom of your list.

    4. On your Alternate page and list your "want to" and "need to" tasks in order of importance. These are tasks that typically have a begin and end date. For example, you "want to" reorganize your kitchen and you "need to" start on that novel idea you thought of a year ago.

    5. Take your top 5 "have to" items and your top 3 "want to/need to" items and put them on your Doable page. These are now your priorities. Consider them closely. Think of how much time you'll need for each task. Mark off anything that is suddenly not as important, or rearrange the items a bit if you feel it necessary.

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    This is what my list looks like!

    Secret Strategy # 1

     

    Be honest in your "importance" scale. You'll notice family is 4th on my list. Awful right? Not really- consider that my family and I are unique in that we are all home together all the time. I delegated much of the homeschooling responsibility and housework to my hubby who is currently between jobs. Family time for me means a spot in our week where we all drop everything to spend time together. It's important to be "all there" so it is a priority. Is it top on my list? No, because we are together all day every day.


     

    Rule # 2 You Cannot FIND Time!

     
  •  You Make Time!

    1. Track your hours. How are you spending them? How are you really spending them?
    You might be surprised to find that the "I'll just take a peek at Facebook or Pinterest" is eating away three or more hours of your time. It's amazing (and scary) how time flitters away while we play online. Time is something you cannot get back. Spend it wisely. If you track your hours and find that a lot of it is spent on what I call "leeches" (like social media, procrastination, piddling) you're going to have to get tough with yourself. If today was your last day would you care that you didn't get to read everyone's Facebook status? I didn't think so.
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    You cannot find time, but you can capture it!

     

    Secret Strategy #2

     

    If you missed my post about Heat-Mapping, now is the time to check it out. This is by far the best trick I've found for making the most of the hours you're given. It helps you track where you spend your time, but more than that it helps you see what hours you are most apt to be productive so that you can create your own custom "hot zone" schedule! Works like a charm!



    To find out more about this technique --->


     

    Bonus Secret Strategy: 

     

    SMART goals help you prioritize life & manage time ---> 

     


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    HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR TIME?


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    I hope you've gained some insight on the importance of those minutes that are tick-tocking away!

    Time is such a precious commodity. Learning how to use every hour will help you reach your goals, chase your dreams, and find time to have some fun along the way! After all, we don't want to be all work and no play, do we? Take some time to organize your time. You'll be glad you did.

    Here's to more fun, madness & musings in the week's to come. I'll see you on Wednesday to discuss Social Media: Are you using it? Or is it using you? Yikes!

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4 comments :

LaDonna Cole said...

Right now, I'm spending my time getting the house on the market, cleaning, repairs, groaning from being sore...

Natalie Pierson said...

Thanks for these awesome, helpful tips. I really need to organize my priorities better so I waste less time. Great post!

DM Kilgore said...

Oh LaDonna you have my deepest sympathies. Been there, done that (about 300 times). I wish I could have helped you out with the house but I guess it wasn't meant to be for me to live there. =(

Natalie- you're so welcome. I'm glad to help. Your posts always teach me so much amazing stuff that it has really helped me be able to have more time and waste less time battling social media!

Katie Cross said...

There are many days that I don't really feel like i'm "finding" the time to write as much as carving it out of stone with a hand and my chisel, you know? I'm only 18 weeks pregnant, and there are days I have so much stuff to do just keeping the house running that I can't even start writing until 3 in the afternoon or something like that. It's going to be a nightmare when I have kids!

Just kidding, it'll be great. I'll make it work. But, yeah. It's really all a game of priorities!

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