I didn't make a list of resolutions this year, however I did decide that something had to change. Too many projects were being overlooked; too many articles were being turned in late. I had emails that had been sitting in my inbox, unanswered for over a month. So I decided a change in schedule was needed.
So, I sat down with a list of things that I needed to do on a daily and weekly basis in order of priority. Then, I set out and made a schedule for myself I am happy to report I have been working within my new schedule for a month, and it has been working wonderfully.
Every morning I wake up at 7:00AM. For me, making sure that I get up at the same time really helps get things started. After having some time with God, I open up my computer and start work for the day.
For the first half hour I am on, I only open up my email. No Facebook, Goodreads. I sometimes open up blogger if I have an interview in my inbox that I need to post, but other than that, I remain only in my email.
Most of the rest of the morning I am working on guest posts, blogging, and I check my social media sites. If I have a book review to write, this is when I do it.
After taking a break for lunch, I spend the afternoon and early evening writing and/or editing. This takes up most of my day. I may be interrupted a few times, but I get right back to work. This has been the most important time for me as a writer. I see how quickly my stories can develop when I am spending time on them everyday.
At about 6 or 7:00PM, I am ready to relax. However, I don’t want to waste a lot of time before bed either. I have been pulling out sewing or other projects and working on them while I watch movies. In fact, I just finished a quilt for my bed while doing this.
Often, at around nine or ten, I will get ready for bed and curl up with a good book until I am ready to go to sleep.
How is your schedule working for you? Do you have any tips for getting things done?