Don’t you wish you could pluck time off a tree like an apple? We all wish we had more time, but we should be wishing to use our time more wisely. It’s hard to make time for the things we have to do and the things we want to do. It’s vicious cycle.
For someone who works from home, I have a hard time getting everything done. I remember something Randy Ingermanson said once about having a clean organized office. If I remember correctly, he said we worked better in a clean space. Take a day every week or two to clean your office. Purge what you don’t need and have a place for the rest. You’ll be amazed how much more time you’ll have when you don’t have to constantly search for things you need.
I’ve learned to multi-task. Because I work at home, there are always chores to do. While I’m writing this blog, clothes are in the washer. The dishwasher goes along with the washer most times, but haven’t gotten that far yet this morning. When I take a break, I’ll put the dishes in the dishwasher, straighten the house, and do other chores during the day. My personal writing waits until the evening.
Trello.com is an excellent way to keep lists, if you’re a list maker. I’m a list maker. I go to Trello on Monday morning and write down all I need to do during the week. You can make another post-it for the day, which I usually do. It keeps my thoughts on what I’m going to do for the week. My daughter, who is my cover designer, and I have made a private group list for only the two of us. I put the books that are in progress and when the release date will be. She marks them off as she finishes the cover and formats the book for publication. This helps us both to be focused on what’s going on in the company.
Find time to exercise. You will not only exercise your body, but exercise your mind. We need the blood to circulate in our brains for us to think properly. During those exercises, plan. This gives us time to plan what we’re going to do next.
Get enough sleep each night. We need time to rest our bodies and our minds. We will be able to work, write, and think better if we are rested. Writers need that rest. Just as our bodies need rejuvenated, our minds do also.
The most important thing to find time for is God. Take fifteen minutes each day to study God’s Word and pray. I like to do mine first thing in the morning because my day goes better when I’ve put God first.
I hope these suggestions have helped you with your time schedule. There’s nothing earth-shattering about them.