Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time to reflect and play what if...
What, wait, that was a month and a half ago? Where has the time gone? Reading the entries from my fellow MMM bloggers, others are feeling the crunch of time, especially time that we want to dedicate to our writing. We've had conferences, and illnesses, and new babies, all encroaching on our writing time.
Which to say, we have lives.
At the end of the month, I'm presenting a time management workshop in Shreveport Louisiana at the North Louisiana Romance Writer's convention. I have 45 minutes to say something meaningful.
Last month I gave my chapter a shortened version of my training. 30 minutes to list out Lynn's Top Ten ways to find more time for BICHOK (butt in chair-hands on keyboard) method of writing. I was surprised when two of my critique group members mentioned using one or more of my tips to gain more writing time. I wasn't surprised to find that the tips were successful for one, and not the other.
What works for me as a writer, especially one with a day job with a long commute but no kids at home, may not work for a young mom with babies or a dad with kids in competitive soccer. But its a start.
As part of my session at NOLA, I'm starting the session with a goal setting or clarifying exercise. The entire exercise is a bit different than below, but let's play today.
What, if it doesn't get done before you go on to your choice of afterlife options, would you regret not doing? (For me, this answer has changed over the years.)
What, if it didn't get done this year, would you regret?
What, if it didn't get done this month, would you regret?
And finally, what are you doing today (or this week) to reach for at least one of the items above?
Share your answers with us.