2015 October Platform Challenge: Day 14 – Create a Time Management Plan

This came into my inbox: 2015 October Platform Challenge (link). I almost deleted it. Almost. Then the voice on my left shoulder (we’ll call him Muninn) cawed, “You have been wanting to work on this skill as long as I can remember.” Not to be outdone, the voice on my right shoulder, (let’s just say he’s named Huginn) cackled, “I really think you should do this.”

So sleeves up, I am committed to this month of daily challenges! Here goes…

2015 October Platform Challenge: Day 14 – Create an Editorial Calendar

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The instructions for today are: “Create a Time Management Plan”

I glance at my two companions. They stare back at me.

I stare at a daily planner and realize it’s rubbish. “My day job sucks the life out of me Monday and Tuesday, and kind of blows the majority of the day Thursday. There’s no way I can come up with a single daily schedule and apply it to each day individually.”

Muninn shrugs, “So don’t. Do it weekly.”

“So just admit that Monday and Tuesday are not mine? That they belong to the overlord to whom I’m little more than an indentured servant?”

“Wow,” Huginn whistles, “That was harsh.”

“I’m not retracting it. But fine, Monday and Tuesday are 10+ hour work days with no creative energy.  Wednesday, I can get in several hours of writing with mini-breaks for answering email, doing podcast admin details, and keeping an eye on social media. Thursday starts with a 6-hour loss to the overlord, but I can come home and check email, social media, and then work on some narration. Thursday night is usually a tech call for the podcast. Friday is a lot like Wednesday, plus the recording of a podcast episode at night.”

“You should work in more time to narrate audiobooks,” Huginn suggests. “That would alleviate your need for your day job.”

“Don’t forget,” Muninn reminds us, “that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and you’ve promised yourself another double word-count goal.”

“So… huge blocks of creative time Wednesday and Friday, a wee bit of creative time Thursday, and I just keep working toward my goal the rest of the time?”

Huginn nods, “What else can you do?”

He’s so right.

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