Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Time Management 101

As I've so recently noted, I'm back from vacation. The holiday is over; now it's time to get back to work. But I've got a plan.

Before we left, I bought myself a little kitchen timer at the Dollar Store. (I shall not wax poetic on the joys of the Dollar Store. Drives my kids nuts.) I got it to, basically, set myself a limit for doing non-book-writing-related tasks, like, oh, say, blogging.

I wouldn't use it for trying to force myself to stick to my book writing time. For one thing, it makes me feel like I'm on Sixty Minutes (tick, tick, tick). For another, once I get started, that's rarely an issue.

So, nope. It's strictly for non-writing related tasks, and although I got it primarily for computer-related time takers, I'm going to use it for cleaning my office, too. Forty minutes, tops. Then it's on to something work-related.

And there's the bell. I'm off!


Christine d'Abo said...

That is an excellent idea! I know I can spend a lot of time doing other things when I should be writing. Sometimes it feels like there aren't enough hours in the day.

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good holiday, Margaret.

Amazing what one can do with the timer set for ten minutes!


Margaret Moore said...

I tend to get distracted by other things. Family always takes top priority, but after that, things can get a little muddy.

And having just set the timer for ten minutes, and it just went off (scaring the little cat, poor thing), I concur with Nancy as I leave BlogWorld for work.