Ah, December’s here and nicely settled in. A month full of planning, shopping, cooking and all kinds of activities to be added to already busy lives. I love this season and the whirlwind of preparation, but I also wonder how to fit in writing time.
I went online and also asked writing friends for their strategies to help me in coming up with 13 tips on finding a bit of extra time. So here goes. ...
- Figure out exactly how you spend your waking hours in the holiday-season. Keep a Time Journal and cut or limit any activities that aren’t productive.
- Concentrate on one thing at a time.
- Actively think about ways to free-up time. Just considering your daily schedule may help you locate some much needed minutes.
- Try to use the time you spend waiting. For example, write out Christmas cards or pay bills while you’re waiting for food at a restaurant or filling a waiting-room chair before a doctor or dental appointment. Another possibility: Take the bus or have someone else drive so you can work while in traffic.
- Plan your next day before you fall asleep. Can you combine errands? What do you absolutely have to do? What can be put off?
- Set your priorities each day and try to accomplish the most important things first.
- Consider writing a list of the things you must accomplish. There's a magic in committing a goal to paper or seeing it on a computer screen.
- Share the load. Delegate responsibilities whenever you can.
- Look at what is going RIGHT in your life. Reward yourself when you get your work done.
- In those jobs you simply must do yourself, try to find some element you enjoy. Look hard; surely there must be something that brings pleasure.
- Give your writing, or whatever activity you love, a High Priority. Perhaps wake up early. I love to write first thing in the morning, when the house is silent.
- TV. Yes, you must cut out time in front of the television set. Record shows you absolutely can’t miss and skip the commercials. Or watch the shows as a reward for finishing other tasks.
- Ask others who use time wisely for their ideas and tips.
Following my 13th piece of advice, I’m hoping you’ll help me brainstorm more time-saving ideas. How do you squeeze in extra minutes in your hectic, Christmas--preparation days? Please share. --
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/docs/time_management.doc Adapted from A. Lakein. How to Get Control of Your Time And Your Life