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:
- Regional parenting magazine articles
- Self-published ebook projects
- Private writing clients
- 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 realtor.com 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!