Hello fellow bloggers and writers extraordinaire. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.
The group’s purpose allows writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where ‘veteran’ writers can offer wisdom and guidance.
The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the #IWSG are Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their work! Being a co-host is a lot of work, but is so much fun! I should know, I’ve done it myself through my other site, lilicasplace. It’s awesome and it feels good when you’re appreciated. 🙂
This month I’m going to write about getting things done. Things have gotten easier over the past four and a half years. My recovery has been slow and steady, but the improvements are there. That matters most. After my bleed, the physical aspect of my recovery was one of the swiftest. I regained the ability to walk and handle certain activities of daily living within a matter of months.
The most challenging aspect was, and still is, cognitive recovery. Memory, focus, and distractibility are issues I still struggle with daily. I can no longer multi-task the way I did in the past. Therefore, time management is key to getting things done for me.
Here’s a list of things that help me account for my time. Everyone has a system that works for them. If you’re like me, maybe some of these ideas will help get you into a steady routine.
- Limit your interruptions. If I need to focus on a particular task, I put my phone on silent, and turn off anything that can distract me (like the tv).
- Avoid procrastinating. I’ll be the first to admit I’m notorious at procrastination, but I’ve improved 10-fold since I implemented steps 3-6. Procrastination is the worst. Figure how much time you really waste. You’d be surprised. I know I was.
- Write to-do lists. I live by this. If I don’t have a to-do list handy, I’m lost. Seriously. I place a little line next to each task that I check off when I’m done.
- Set realistic goals. I can put ‘clean the house’ on my to-do list for the day, but I know it won’t happen. I’m not nearly as swift as I once was, and I tire easily. That’s why I do #4.
- Manage your goals in chunks. My to-do list on any given day may include washing dishes, cleaning the bathroom, swiffering the floor, taking meds, feeding Sophie and my fish. The next day could be cleaning the kitchen counter, shredding, meds, feeding Sophie and the fish, etc. It’s about doing what you can handle.
- Reward yourself for goals met. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve met your goals, finished your to-do list, the story you wrote, etc. Celebrate. I take every other weekend as my celebration time because I know my daughter is coming. I get done what I need to so we can sit back and enjoy each others company. We’ll watch Netflix, order out, and have a mother/daughter weekend.
I hope some of these tips help you as they’ve helped me. Do you have any other time management tips that I could use? I’m all for improving my routine. How does your system work? Do you have trouble getting things done? Until next month…