Monday, February 3, 2014

Organizing Writing Projects with Self-Diagnosed ADHD

A writing friend of mine recently asked me:
Do you have one block of writing time for all your writing projects or does each project get its own time? Sometimes I feel like a fat man at a all-you-can-eat buffet. I want to do every project on my heart. It is hard for me to focus solely on one until completion.

I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask! I mean, I do a chunk of  my work in the mornings, some more in the evenings and try to sneak in 15-minute pieces here and there throughout the day depending on what I'm working on and how busy my life with my kids is at that point in time.

Here are some things I generally have going on:

  1. Proofreading
  2. Blogging
  3. Bubblews
  4. Regional parenting magazine articles
  5. Self-published ebook projects
  6. Private writing clients
  7. The Kindle Pixie author promotion business
The short answer is: I don't finish anything in one sitting usually. I try, but my self-diagnosed ADHD makes me flit from thing to thing and I can't focus on one thing for long. I recently realized I've always been this way and have often been given crap about it by my husband, parents and friends, but it's working for me obviously.

So a typical morning might look like this, starting around 7 a.m.:

  • Make coffee, grab a protein bar and some water
  • Check Facebook for messages, check email
  • Get distracted and check Amazon to see if any ebooks sold
  • Check Bubblews bank balance
  • The checking of Facebook and email will generally lead to other things I need to do or fix or write or whatever
  • Now it's time to focus on a project. I have a list on a spiral notebook and I start a new page each day to refresh the list. I start with the most urgent thing first.
  • I keep a wall calendar to tell me what I should be doing and when stuff is due.
  • I start on the most urgent thing, get bored, and move to the next thing.
  • If the projects suck, I procrastinate them and move to something I usually don't want to do, like delve deeply into an ebook I'm writing. I put it off because when I start I get lost in it but it does not immediately pay the bills.
  • If all my projects are crummy, I can be found cleaning the bathroom or doing dishes, two things I hate.
  • I sit down, I check to find the perfect house even though I don't want to move.
  • The kids start to get up, we homeschool, we head out for the day, we come home. Around 7 they settle in for a movie in the wintertime and I sneak in a few little work things if the homefront is quiet.
  • I keep a plastic thing in front of me at the kitchen table (my "office") to hold all my files so I don't lose things or spill chocolate milk on them.
  • I try to write 10 Bubblews per day to max out on Sundays around $75 so I write and post those throughout the day and spend about 15 minutes at a time on them.
  • I check email like a crack addict and like to keep it clean and organized in there because I HATE not being able to find stuff and after my grandpa died last fall my email was overflowing and was a freaking mess.
  • Right now I am doing this blog post to procrastinate working on a nightmare formatting job, so there.

I hope that answers that for you with about 1,000 too many words, friend!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January Jammin' 2014 Work-from-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money

January is definitely setting the tone for the year at $1,611.52. If I could keep that up all  year, I'd be on track to bring down about $20,000 this year, which would help with so many things (kitchen remodel, paying off my husband's truck, a new PC, new tires for the previously mentioned truck and more!).

As always, I don't post this because I'm bragging; I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot and I can only put in a handful of hours per week. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you.

In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November. Here was December 2013.

I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around.

Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

1. Fiverr. $332. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep.

2. Bubblews. $320.84. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link and I might make a dime. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join.

3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $150. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014! My girlfriend also just got a piece published using the email submissions list I have in this book. It works!

4. PostLoop. $5.91 doing not much at all. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGN UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

5. Private proofing, formatting, social media jobs: $640

6. BlogHer tweets, Facebook posts and blog ad income: $55.34

7. The Kindle Pixie, my side business helping authors get the attention they deserve: $84.50

8. Ebooks on Amazon: $22.93 is my half after I pay my partner, who designs all my covers and does other misc. wonderful things. I now have 5 ebooks on Amazon with a 6th on the way (Laid-Back Homeschooling) and a 7th (The Kerrie Show Takes on Summer), so I am not to be deterred about this ebook business! Here's how to find my offerings! And here's how to find the ebook below for only 99 cents, which leads to another, free one with tons more markets for online and guest posting venues that pay:

Come back to see February 2014's numbers!

*Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!
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