It’s All in the Timing

sands of timeDo you know when I get my best ideas? When I know my time is short. This isn’t the same as having a project started and a deadline to finish it. This is having a walloping great idea that I won’t work on because I look at my calendar and think I don’t have time.

This is horrible! I’m amazed I get anything done, because my calendar will forever be full of client deadlines, Mom weeks, doctor appointments, family demands. If I keep putting off projects because I’m waiting for a huge block of time to work in, I’ll never get them done.

I have a couple of ideas I’ve been toying with all year that I haven’t acted upon because (1) my editing business took off like crazy this year (thank you, Lord!), and I’ve been inundated with work. (2) I keep thinking I have plenty of time–and yet, here we are in the last half of the year, and I haven’t even started. (3) I’m scared where are a couple of the ideas are concerned, afraid no one will like them, afraid the end product won’t provide the results I hope for, afraid I’ll get discouraged and just quit. Along with lousy time management, that’s one of the biggest flaws in my personality, I get discouraged really easily. (4) Finally–and most recently–I’ve looked at my calendar, and instead of seeing the small chunks of time in which I can work, I see the huge chunks of times I won’t be near a computer.

Take this morning, for instance. I was playing some video courses about marketing, and one of the speakers inspired me to combine a couple of my ideas and use one to promote the other. While he was speaking in the background, I was outlining my idea and getting super excited about it.

Then I thought, today is Monday–my busiest day of the week, but doubly busy because it’s also Mom week, which means I’ll have zero time to work after today. Aside from all the housework-type stuff I have to do, I have to get my blog and my book ads scheduled, finish one of my client’s manuscripts, and prep for being gone for a while so everything will still run smoothly for MSB.

The rest of the month and going in to next month, I have another Mom week (happens monthly, ya know), doctor appointments, a minor surgery coming up, client manuscripts due, the ACFW conference to prep for and attend. The following months aren’t much better; then, looming ahead is November. From November through roughly half of January, my time is not my own.

Looking at that paralyzes me for some reason. The idea of maximizing productivity during those small chunks of time hasn’t quite sunk in yet, for some reason, resulting in the fact that many of those small chunks of time are squandered. Wouldn’t happen if I were a Type-A personality–which I’m not. Most definitely not. Someone needs to bottle whatever chromosome it is that makes a person Type-A, because they could make a mint.

But if I’m going to get anything done, I’m going to have to learn. This is what I want to do by the end of the year:

  • Start a newsletter for my clients
  • Write a nonfiction book
  • Pursue a couple of blog ideas that would appeal more to readers than writers
  • Update Give the Lady a Ride with new back content and larger font so the print version is the same size as The Final Ride
  • Create the audio edition of the Circle Bar Ranch series
  • Publish and promote The Bucket List Dare (a novella collection I’m working on with some other authors. At least my novella, Skydiving to Love is finished. One thing off the list.)
  • Start Ride to the Altar, book 3 of the Circle Bar Ranch series
  • Start the series of novellas starring Patricia’s friend, Marie Lambeau Davis

All this, along with promoting my new releases, keeping up with my newsletter(s) and blogs, working for my clients, and trying not to disappear from my “real” life entirely.

Comparing my list to my calendar, I’m already feeling paralyzed. There’s no way I can get all this done. Fortunately, not all of it has to be done this year. But I’d like to  fulfill something on the list.

Starting next week. No way I can fit anything else in to today.

“Starting next week.” Lands. Those words sound familiar. Next week keeps getting farther away, and now it’s late July, and I feel like I haven’t done a thing all year.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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10 Responses to It’s All in the Timing

  1. Ane Mulligan says:

    A good writing friend taught me a new word … “No” – and like magic, my schedule opens up. lol I was over committing so much, I sat down and prayed. God showed me my 2 passions: writing and theater. And because my hubs is also involved in the community theater with me, that’s a bonus.

    I’ve been asked to edit, critique, and endorse. I’ve said no to editing and I’ve got 3 crit partners. That’s enough. And I only endorse for someone I already know their writing and we are genre similar.

    Your schedule gives me hives! 😆

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  2. gwynnrogers says:

    I don’t know how you manage to do all that you do. But, I definitely can learn from you. You are inspirational… NOW, all I have to do is follow through! Thanks for your words of wisdom!

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  3. I’m trying to do less to do more. 🙂

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  4. Have you considered giving dictation a try? Getting used to it might be more trouble than it’s worth, but I hear from so many people who have found it increases their productivity and allows them to “write” away from their desks.

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    • I was hearing that too in the Self-Publishing School. I did try it once and just couldn’t get comfortable with it. I like to see the words land on the screen as I type. Don’t you?

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  5. You echo the cry of all of us. I thought for sure after I retired I would have all the time in the world to write. Nope. Now home duties are more demanding. After my husband did all the housework and the yard work while I was still working, we’ve divided up the chores again. Then, we decided on getting another puppy. What was I thinking? It’s like having a baby again! Arrgh! I love the little guy, and I know puppy-hood doesn’t last for ever, but….. Sigh. So, I schedule writing during his nap time. Somehow though, I need to concentrate on some marketing, and be more consistent with my blog.

    Maybe we should figure out how to clone ourselves…..

    I am all ears if someone figures out how to do it all. I know organization is a lot of it. I think I will look for a time management app. I am sure there is one. At least that will make me feel better, even if it doesn’t do anything else. LOL

    Good luck with your crazy schedule. If I find some kind of magic formula, I’ll let you know.

    Then, on the other hand, we all have one important purpose, staying close to God. Everything else is secondary. I have increased my prayer time, and my anxiety over the status of the world is less, maybe that in its self will be a help.

    God bless you, Linda. Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. As far as which direction?
    Can’t help you there!

    Love ya’

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