Slowing down again

Last week went even better than I’d thought, with several days over 1,000 words. This week is being more of a struggle — not sleeping as well, trouble focusing, barely eking out a hundred words or so each day (119 today, for those keeping score). As I said in my newsletter — which went out today, a couple days late — I’m considering tracking my time to see how much I’m spending in the different areas of my life. If you’ve got experience or anecdotes about your own time tracking methods, drop them in the comments. I’m interested!

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on enjoying fall and watching the changing seasons around me. Here, one of our holly bushes is covered with berries, but they haven’t begun to redden yet.


And here we have the sedum, the flowers just starting to open.

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7 Comments

  1. Yay for good words!

    I’ve done some daily time tracking to see where there was extra writing time. I think it helped, but ultimately I stopped because my notes started to be the same for every day.

    • Thank you!

      I don’t think there’s much chance of mine being the same, except for the 6–9 block as I deal with getting ready for the day and getting the kids off to school. I suppose we shall see. Thanks for your input!

      And thanks again for checking up on me. 🙂

  2. Hey, another writer friend of mine talks about schedules and time blocks to keep her on track throughout the day. http://jamieraintree.com/q-how-do-you-manage-your-time-as-a-full-time-writer/ Her posts on Time Blocking, are good.

    • Thanks, Connie! I’m not sure this is what I’m looking for — I’m mostly trying to figure out what I’m spending my time on right now, not set a schedule to make myself more productive — but I’ll check it out. 🙂

  3. I’ve tried tracking various things in my life at different times. It always starts out well but I always discover that no matter how big I made the chart, it’s too small. I end up with too much material to look at, with all kinds of tiny notes I can barely read scrawled in wherever I can fit them. Keeping track on an iPad or pc is tidier, but I tend to forget about it if I don’t see it.

    • Yet another reason for me to try to track for only a couple of weeks! I’ve had my fill of too much data to look at. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Chris!

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