Time management.

It seems that I’m struggling with one of the biggest battles many of us face… time management.  Everyone who works, and tries to keep up with family life knows that it can seem nearly impossible to find time to do it all.  Committing to not only writing but also editing a novel seems an impossible task.  In many walks of life we have time management tools, from punching in at work to online time trackers.  I’m looking into several ideas and systems that might help which in itself seems to consume a vast quantity of what little free time I have.  If anyone has any good tools they can recommend for authors then I’d love to hear from you.

For now I’m getting by with the old fashioned pen and notebook, jotting down ideas, scratching editing notes on the manuscript and trying not to let everything overwhelm me.  It can easily be disheartening when you only get through a few pages at a day, a week or even a month but we all know that this is a long term venture.

I hope that I can create more time so that I can dedicate myself to not only my writing and editing but also to this blog.  I really want to build a valuable set of tools for authors so they can focus on what we love, the writing, and a little less on managing the chaos around us.  Of course with all these things it is about finding what works for you and a little trial and error is inevitable.  One thing that I have found is that I’m a lists person.  I write a lot of them and enjoy crossing things off.  In many ways setting small goals (such as writing an entry a month) provides a brief moment of triumph in what can be often feel like an unrewarding venture.  In any new avenue of life there is a learning curve and I know that I still have a lot to learn.