Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Plenty of Time

Okay, so apparently I'm not the only one who struggles to stay focused! Thanks so much for all of your comments on my Sunday post. I laughed, I cried... and then I wrote. So far I've had 2 back to back 1000-word days. The first wasn't too difficult and the second was a fight from beginning to end (there was some definite Twitter and blog cheating before the 1000 words were done, but I did get them written).

Sometimes I complain about not having enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to accomplish. I whine that if I just had a few more hours I could have an immaculate house, or write a book a month, or make my kids Halloween costumes from scratch (oh wait, that would require sewing skills too). But the truth is I have plenty of time to do everything I want to do. I just waste it sometimes.

I know it's not like this for everyone. I'm sure some of you are WAY busier than I am. When I was in college I didn't have time to waste (or write books--all of you college students AMAZE me). I think I felt that way when I had new babies too.

But now I have the time, and I just need to use it well. I'm pretty sure I could write twice as much AND have folded laundry every week, if I spent a little less time surfing the Internet and watching TV. I'm going to work on that.

How about you? Do you waste time? Is there an time-sucking activity you'd be better off without?

30 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

I definitely waste time vegging in front of the tube. I don't land there every day but when something sucks me in, I can sit there for an entire evening. Wasted writing time!

Mary Campbell said...

I'm sure I waste tons of time. Blogging is a big time sucker, but I love it so it's hard to give it up. That's the dilemma I think. How bad do we want it. How often do published authors blog? Somethings got to give.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I am a master of time-wasting. Lately, I must confess blogging is a big time hog (but that's okay, right?). I nap sometimes when I should be cleaning house, I clean when I should be playing with my kids, I read when my husband craves quality time with me... so it goes. :-)

Anita Saxena said...

I don't even have time to cut my nails sometimes. =(
but, i'm not complaining. i wouldn't give up a thing.

Kelly Lyman said...

You are a girl after my own heart, dear! I waste SO much time surfing the net, blogging, facebooking, emailing. I also waste (well, it is for future use) researching the query process, although I know I am MONTHS, if not a year, away from that. TV calls my name and I try to be in bed by 9pm every night because I HAVE to read. However, I did write 3 more pages today (added more to a scene), cleaned my masterbath and bedroom...however, my bed is still filled with everything that was on the floor...my goal is to put it back where they go tonight before bed. We shall see...

kathrynjankowski said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
kathrynjankowski said...

The web can consume hours of your day with little effort on your part. That's why I've pledged to write first to set the tone for the year (see my 1/1 post).

As for TV, my satellite subscription is limited to network channels (and includes a good number of independent broadcasts as well). And even with limits, I still watch too much. I'm a writer, I should be reading more!

You're right, Natalie. We have time. Identifying ways we waste it is the first step in using it more wisely.
;-)

Jessica said...

I definitely waste time and know there's no reason why I can't write 1000K a day. Like right now. I'm hiding from my WIP. Bleck. But yesterday I managed 800 words so I really want to try to do that today.
I don't have TV and can def. see how that would suck time. The internet sure does. LOL

I hope you write some tonight. :-)

Tracy said...

Hey, my upcoming post is on time management too! I guess I'd better get crackin' so I can finish it before bed...

Sarah Skilton said...

My biggest time waster is sleep :) Just kidding. But I feel like I never get enough of it. Right now I'm between projects so I'm trying to catch up on my R & R. I think your idea of unplugging the internet is the best safety against time-wastage.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Yup. Crackbook (Facebook), Twitter, and sleeping. I'm thinking if I woke up an hour earlier every day I could get more done, but then the cold morning rolls around and I don't want to get out of bed. :(

Susan R. Mills said...

It's funny you mention this today. I was just thinking that it's not that I don't have enough time to write, it's that I don't spend all the time I do have writing. But I don't necessarily consider it wasting time. For me, it's more that I'm stuck (writer's block), so instead of pushing through it, I find other things to occupy my time and hope that the muse returns. Does this make sense?

Shelli said...

hello I follow 100 blogs - yes I waste time. :) but i think its worth it when i meet people like you.

V. S said...

I'm glad to see your doing good on your writing! keep it up!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I so waste time. I can tell when I hit a block in writing because I start checking my email every five seconds and tweeting.

Melissa said...

Yep, surfing the net consumes a lot of my time. I've got to learn to set priorities. Another thing that gets a lot of my time is cleaning. I HATE it, but I always find myself mopping or dusting when I know it can wait.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I spend too much time visiting blogs but I really do get a lot out of it since they are mostly fellow writers who have interesting things to say. I got rid of one time suck--I don't have cable. I just watch Netflix when I want a movie and get my news from the internet.
Congrats on your 1k days! I wrote another 1k today, too. :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Does work count as a time-sucking activity? Every Winter, Spring, and Summer Break I'm reminded of just how much I can accomplish when I don't have to work.

Sigh.

I just need to work on being independently wealthy.

staceyjwarner said...

hmmmmm, you've read my mind.

i do not have enough hours in the day. i don't. and that is with not wasting a moment.

i want to write a book this year and i'm not sure yet how i'm going to accomplish it...we'll see.

much love

L.T. Elliot said...

It's so easy to get distracted. I get distracted by almost everything. I'm trying to buckle down and just realize that it's okay for me to take time for this because it's important to me.

I hope you get the time you need!

CKHB said...

Right there with you. (And, I've only done minor editing so far this year, no real writing. Kudos to you!)

Linda Kage said...

I always worry that stepping into the blogosphere is my biggest time-waster. I could be writing and doing so much other stuff right now...but I'm also learning lots from these blogs, so hopefully it'll be worth it.

Facebook has taken me away from a few things too. Yikes.

Patti said...

Sometimes it comes down to brain power and although I have time, my brain has used up it's alloted thinking time for the day.

Bethany Mattingly said...

I get frustrated with myself when I've tried to plan out times to write and I could be writing, but I keep distracting myself rather than doing so. This is at its worst when I don't feel like writing the next scene because I don't like the character in it. Between myself and the internet, its a miracle I write anything at all. :D

Eva O'Dell said...

I waste time on Facebook. Good for connecting, but bad for getting my writing done.

Voidwalker said...

My time sucking activities.

1. The 5 kiddos
2. My online MMO game "Aion Online"

Those two pretty much kill my opportunities to write more, but if they didn't, then maybe I'd be commenting about how my writing gets in the way of my taking care of the children and playing my games :P

Something's gotta give

Erica said...

Yep, same as some of the other commenters! Twitter, oh bejeweled blitz on Facebook is my ultimate addiction for sure! I try to divide my time. Like offer it to myself as a treat after writing...

Gotta be tougher on myself though :o)

VR Barkowski said...

I gave up TV a year ago and don't miss it one bit, but Blogging is different, more personal. It's like checking in with my writing family. I need to know what everyone is up to. As for Twitter, I'm almost afraid to puzzle it out. What if it sucks me in and won't let go?!

Candice said...

I hardly ever watch T.V. but I waste so much time on the internet. It's easy to do when you sit at a computer all the time. That's why I made my blog an official Thursday only blog. Otherwise I fret about what to post all week and get nothing done.

theresamilstein said...

I began a blog a few months ago, as a venting and writing exercise. Now I find that it sometimes my zaps my creative energy for working on new manuscripts. Since I started it, I've edited manuscripts, but haven't gotten more than a chapter or two written on anything new.

Maybe I should cut down like Candice. Since I post nearly every day, going to just once a week would be too drastic.