Writing and time management

Late last night, I remembered that I needed to write a blog post to go up this morning. I sat around for a good thirty minutes, refreshing Twitter and having one of those shouting-across-the-house conversations with my husband, because neither one of us wanted to get up. Finally, I asked a friend what to write about. She said, “Time management.”

So I thought this would be an excellent time to give you an idea of how I get through my day. I keep a very strict schedule that never varies so that I get all of my work done and never have to do anything at the last minute.

8 hours — sleep
2 hours — email
2 hours — Twitter/other social media
1 hour — lunch/TV
1 hour — email (again!)
1 hour — researching something that will affect only one sentence out of the entire novel, like what type of trees grow where
30 minutes — Twitter/other social media
1 hour — trying to find the perfect font
30 minutes — think about sleeping
2 hours — nap
2 hours — try to figure out what that word was that I couldn’t think of earlier
1 hour — dinner/TV
2 hours — realize that no writing will get done today unless I squeak out a few words right now

So there it is, my foolproof time-management plan. This is how I am never behind on anything and my writing is always done weeks before my editor starts asking me about my book. Deadline schmedline. I got this. And if you follow my guidelines, you can, too.1 2 3

  1. It’ll also make your hair shinier!
  2. This entire post may be a lie.
  3. Or some parts might be true.

19 Responses to Writing and time management

  1. Becki Oct 7 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Refreshingly honest. Thank God it’s not just me… *goes back to faffing about on Twitter*

  2. Katie Oct 7 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Love this. I was totally fooled at the beginning, and thought “Wow, I wish I could be that organized.” But it definitely is nice to hear that I’m not alone on this front 🙂 And yes, parts of this schedule sound faaaaar too true. Ha ha.

    • jodimeadows Oct 7 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      Haha, Katie, you can be this organized! 😉

  3. Fran Oct 7 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    add + 30 minutes mastering new organizer/planner/calendar thingy for better future planning and then deciding it doesn’t work for me and you’ve got my number for sure.

    • jodimeadows Oct 7 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Oh my gosh, the amount of time I spend looking at people’s adorable planners with their cute organizational methods, or software designed to help one get organized . . . yeah. I mean, I haven’t bought any of it, because I know I won’t use it. I just want it.

  4. Chris Bailey Oct 7 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Printing this out to tape over all my other notes now. I think the key word is foolproof. Love it!

    • jodimeadows Oct 7 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Yes, you don’t need anything besides this. 😀

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  6. Alexa S. Oct 20 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    You are the cutest. Also, I better be seeing you keep to that schedule. It’s tacked up in the office after all 😉

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