I made myself a schedule and a plan a few weeks back. Rick reminded me of it with his great post about writing and planning a business/career. I've been thinking of this a lot, lately. I've narrowed it down to all I want and hope to get done in a day. I've been pretty much aiming for the ideal schedule:
- Current WIP: (3 hours.) No need for explanation here. I often spend more. Sometimes I do less, LOL.
- Reading: (3 hours) I miss reading, lately. I want more time to read! I love to read! I'm hoping that by having the three hours penciled in every day, I'll actually get to the reading part of my day and not feel guilty for reading instead of writing. I usually spend less, but that isn't right.
- Future Income: (1 hour) Just time spent finding, exploring, and starting projects that will bring in income later. Otherwise, you end up finishing all your projects and realizing you have no income coming in. Gotta plan ahead. I probably should be spending more time in this area.
- Blogging: (1 hour. And some.) This is blogging here, not under pseudonym, so it doesn't fall under the marketing category. Mostly this is the fun part of my day, but I like to tell myself that pulling my thoughts together and organizing them is a good writing exercise. Lots of writers used to write essays before blogs were around.
- Marketing: (1 hour) I'm failing miserably at this one. Every day, I tell myself I have to get back to it. I think I'm going to have to start smaller: do one small thing a day, and work my way up. Once you get started, it's not so bad.
- Experiment Writing: (30 min.) Just for fun writing, bad writing that hopefully explores new corners of my writing skills. You know, haikus, bad poetry, random beginnings...
ReaIistically, I often don't get to #5 and #6. #3 only happens on some days. I often don't read as much as I'd like to, and sometimes I write more. Or somedays, like lately, I've been following this formula: Editing = Reading + Writing.
I spend about an hour or two a day on studio planning, and about one complete day a month, plus the time spent teaching. On Sundays I only teach, usually, and on Mondays, I can only do about 6 hours.
Maybe, instead of working this way, I need to work with weekly amounts. Then I could spend a whole day reading! I don't know. There's still a lot I'd like to get done that I'm not getting to.
Ever feel like that? I'm still in search of the "done for the day" feeling. How do you get that feeling? How do you budget your writing time?
And how in the world do you get everything done???
I'll leave you with what Meg Cabot is saying about rejection here: