Writing

Tuesday Deadline Deadlock

So this week I am on a very tight deadline. Basically, I have been trying to write a book in about a month–after writing a book in about two months. Over Christmas. This I do not recommend, but it is one way of making sure things get done. 🙂 This week I’m trying to get as much done as I can toward the March 27th deadline so I can take Saturday off for St. Patrick’s Day, so there is no room left in my head for blogposts. I have NO idea what to talk about.

But my friend Kathy Wheeler has a great blog post up about managing time, and making time for things that are important to us. So I’m borrowing a topic from her and telling you what I’ve been doing lately…

1) Writing (obv), while not taking breaks to eat Peanut Butter Eggs (the joys of deadline+Easter candy time) and watch Dr. Oz in order to freak about about new germy things I never thought about before

2) Thinking about washing some of the laundry that has mysteriously spread out from the laundry room onto the kitchen floor, but it will probably have to wait until I turn in the book. By then it will have taken over the living room too, and swallowed up the cats

3) I did make time to go to yoga class. When I skip it (which I’m always tempted to do) I get all twisted up into the shape of my desk chair, and then there is also the matter of the Peanut Butter Eggs, so exercise is always a must. I don’t want to finish the book, only to find that my favorite “going out and celebrating” dress no longer fits…

4) Almost setting fire to my kitchen. Unlike Kathy, who managed to get the gas stove under control, I tried to broil a steak in the oven and heard a strange crackling noise. When I opened the door, you guessed it, flames shot out. Luckily I put it out quickly, but the house smelled for days afterward, the dogs have only quit giving me scared looks, and I realized everyone is happier (and safer) when I just get Thai takeout. Yay for shrimp pad thai and chardonnay!

And the pic–well, that will probably be me, giving in to exhaustion when I hit “send” on the WIP!

What have you been doing this week?? What are some of your time-management tips?

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Diane Gaston
10 years ago

I’ve been catching up on various chores and outings with friends…must get back to work tomorrow.

Good luck in finishing a book in a month. You can do it!!!

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librarypat
10 years ago

I have started back in volunteer mode and had forgotten just how much time it takes. This past week I have finished the Red Cross course on driving and working on the ERV (emergency response vehicle) which puts me that much closer to national deployment. It doesn’t look good for a quiet tornado season. I am working on a big dinner for a charity. After weeks of planning, we decorate tomorrow and the dinner is Thursday. I just became the chair person for our church’s Fall Festival. I have spent the week in meetings and spent all day today setting up the group contact list and putting out the initial letter. This is an offshoot of the Social Committee that I belong to. We are having a family dinner this coming Sunday to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We usually have a big St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but this year it will just be the birthday dinner since on his birthday we will be working the Bishop’s charity dinner.

As for time management tips, forget it. I haven’t had time to do much of anything around the house. The thing that would probably help the most would be to stay off the computer and get to bed earlier.

Jane George
10 years ago

Go Amanda! And good for you for keeping up the yoga. I know the chair-shape phenomenon and it’s painful!

Elena Greene
10 years ago

I won’t tell you what I’ve been doing, some of it too dreary to share! What saves me is having a prioritized To Do List and also making sure to put healthy and fun things on it so I don’t burn out. I’m hoping to watch The Return of the King this weekend as my youngest just finished the book. 🙂

Good for you keeping up the yoga, and best of luck with the deadline!

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