For the creative person or any other person who works from home, it can be hard to make a set time frame for work and one for pleasure and household duties.
I can be cleaning the house or helping with the hay and I'll figure out the element of a story that needs to come out or come up with a new book idea and sit down to make notes and before I know it, I haven't finished cleaning or my husband is knocking on the swather door wanting to know if the machine is broke down.
When I'm feeling creative and the words or ideas are coming, I don't want to stop. But I must. There are meals to make, clothes to wash, and floors to clean. Not to mention horses to feed, dogs to tend to, and flowers to water. There is a person and animals who depend on me.There are days all I do is clean and take care of animals or ranching duties. Those are my down days. The days between projects or when I need a break. Like other people have Saturday and Sunday, my weekends come at any time during the week.
|Me and Bud|
I am behind in my writing schedule. When I get caught up, I can ride, I can take a trip with a friend to browse second hand stores, I can take time to visit family.
But for now, it's eating at me that I took time away from writing to write this post, even though it is writing, it's connecting with my readers, and it's letting the world know, I am creating as fast as I can and putting out the best book I can.
I'm a person who doesn't like to miss deadlines, I've missed two this year. I had promised readers a book that I'm still unsure of publishing. This has been an off year for me, but I hope that next year will be better as I set my sights on the next books in the mystery series and the two new shiny historical and contemporary western series I've started.
Are you good at time management? What is your secret?