Sunday, 18 February 2018

Finding the Write Time

Lazy Sunday Afternoon - Maria A Smith 

We're more than half way through February, I don't know why I'm always so amazed at how fast time speeds along, but I am! Always. Not that I want to be wishing my life away but...I chose the above picture, which was taken in August last year, because it reminds me of long summer days, which I'm very much aiming my compass towards.

Anyway, a quick update.

Hubby is making good progress after his accident with the circular saw, he has good movement in his fingers now that the stitches are out, although the thumb is currently an issue, and only time will tell if he's going to get full use back again. He's killing time at home, and I think he's probably now seen enough House Under the Hammer, and Down Under to last him a lifetime.

We're still in the wars here though. I broke another tooth last week, so that was another costly dental bill and its left me wondering why it's happening, it definitely can't be put down to teeth clenching this time as I was eating a bread roll at the time.

The other issue I have is my back. It's been horrid since last October, and has got steadily worse as we moved into 2018. I'm waiting for an MRI scan, as the consultant believes the disk is pinching a nerve again. I'm currently managing without pain relief, as I was  really ill on the tablets. I just read that sentence back and wanted to laugh! Anyone who has suffered with lower back pain knows you  don't manage back pain, you bloody well grit your teeth and push your way through life, albeit at a much slower pace. Hopefully, I can manage without tearing my hair out.

Now about my writing.


Over the last month I've fell back into time wasting habits - it was easy if I'm honest with everything that's been going on around me. However, I need to change things around so I can start working productively again. I'm not beating myself up, far from it, I'm figuring out what I can do differently to get better results. It's back to basics to recognise and understand why I'm not making best use of my time anymore. Perhaps I'm doing the same thing over and over and it's just not working, and I haven't realised it. If that's the case I'll keep getting the same outcome unless I change something.

By writing things down for a week, or two, a time audit will show you where you stand now. It needn't be anything fancy, but if you write down where your time is going, you'll get an idea of where the time sucks are, and where the missed opportunities might be found. I've done it before, with surprising results. Afterwards, you can make a new plan.

I'll be keeping things simple by using a paper diary and filling out slots of time, which will probably be in increments of an hour. I'll write down beforehand what I want to achieve, and then I'll set the timer on my phone and get stuck in. 

It's important to realise we all have other stuff going on in life, be it family time, work or going out with friends, or perhaps learning to play an instrument or going on long walks. Whatever floats your boat, everyone needs downtime, so don't forget to factor some 'me' time in if you decide to try this exercise yourself.

I'll let you know how it goes in my next post.

What have you been up to? Is life treating you well? Is your writing flowing? Or could you do with a bit of a time audit too? 


16 comments:

  1. Hi Maria
    I was sorry to read that you and your husband have been through a tough time. I'm glad to hear he is progressing well. I broke my tooth three weeks ago - by flossing!!!
    I'm working on book four, but as we've sold our house I think moving to France will take up quite a lot of time in the next few months. I've tried scheduling time to write, but as you say, work, family and life in general gets in the way. I'm hoping it'll be easier when we're settled in our new home.
    Sending positive vibes. Love Ange x

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    1. Sounds like you lave loads going on Ange - A new adventure awaits you in France. :-)

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  2. Oh no, I missed the news about your husband's accident - I'm glad he's recovering, and hope mobility returns. I have to disagree slightly, I don't think you can ever have enough Homes Under the Hammer :-)

    I hope the MRI gives you some answers about your back, too.

    I'm currently thinking about my next project, making lists of names and 'researching' by reading random articles in the hope it'll inspire something amazing!

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    1. I'm sure you'll get your inspiration, it's amazing once you start tuning in what turns up...

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  3. Hi Maria - if you're gritting your teeth over your back ... no surprise you have a broken tooth?! Said with tongue in cheek.

    However I hope your challenges ease up - good to know about hubby and his fingers and hope the thumb improves too. Then your tooth ...hope that fixing is relatively easy. Backs - never simple ... just take care in all things and of you especially.

    Good luck with the audit check-in ... cheers Hilary

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    1. You are so right Hilary - backs are never easy.

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  4. So sorry you're suffering with your back, my partner has had bad back problems in the past (including a similar thing to yours) and I know how debilitating it can be. If it's any consolation his settled down over time without any intervention. I do hope yours eases off very soon as well. I hope your husband continues to heal too, I imagine it must be frustrating for him. And I hope your dental woes are at an end. You've had enough things now I think, you're due for a good run!

    I'm putting effort in to making sure I'm making the best use of my time at the moment. I spent yesterday evening (Sunday) going through what I hope to achieve this week and getting ready for it. Lots to do, lots of plans, I'm full of energy for it all right now, just need to harness it. I hope you have a good week Maria. CJ xx

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    1. Hi CJ, hope you managed to get most of your plans sorted out...

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  5. I hadn't read about your husband's back until now, Maria - what an awful time you've been having, especially breaking a tooth too. Hope you can manage some writing as therapy to take your mind off your troubles for a little while at least.

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  6. I quite like the sound of a time audit. It's only by doing this we can be honest about how much 'research' we do online, or how that half-hour lunch break extends into an hour. I hope this week brings achievement and improvement for you both.

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    1. It's been an eye opener, and made me realise I am trying to do too much. Not sure where that leaves me.

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  7. I can relate to that teeth breaking thing! Mine seem to break at the drop of a hat these days. I've just had my first crown (expensive!).
    Hope your productivity improves soon as life gets back to an even keel.

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  8. Glad to hear all is going well with your husband's hand.

    Sympathies on the teeth and back issues. I lost a bit of tooth eating mashed potato recently. Hope the MRI scan will give some answers as I know myself how debilitating back pain can be, and I always find it's worse in winter.

    Me time is very important when life keeps throwing stones.xx

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    1. Yes Carol, Me time is definitely required.

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