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Friday, February 17, 2006

I didn’t write a single word on my story yesterday. Do you ever have days like that? I had errands to run, paperwork to finish and a meal to make for a woman ordered to bed rest. Since I am goal-oriented by nature, it frustrates me greatly to come to the end of my day and see that I’ve accomplished very little on my current wip. Still, I know the things that I did accomplish were necessary and even helpful.

So where do we draw the line?

Knowing when to say yes and when to say no has always been a problem for me, but as my career changes, I’m seeing the need to be more organized with my time and more decisive in what I can and cannot do. But how?

The hard part is saying no to things that are good and striking a balance between work and doing the good things. I don’t have to conquer the world, right?

Published and unpublished writers alike have goals they want to meet, and deadlines, either self-imposed or otherwise, still require time and commitment.

So does anyone else have this problem? Writer or not, there is always plenty to do. And if you work from your home, how do you convince people that you really don’t have tons of time on your hands for whatever, but that you really do have work to do?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:59 AM  
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At 9:36 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I can so relate, Di. The balance act that gets me most is between work and family. As you said, when you work at home, your hours aren't set in stone. On the one hand, that gives us a lot of freedom, but on the other hand, you have to work really hard for balance.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Ane Mulligan said...

For me, since my kids are grown and out on their own, the biggest "time eater" isn't errands, but email. :) So I'm learning to turn it off after a quick check for any contracts :o) or important stuff. Then after a few hours of hard work, I'm "allowed" to check it again. Your guess is as good as mine if this will last. LOL

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

Good Topic Di! I'm not sure where that line is... I just know I try to locate it everyday and pray I hit the balance beam just right.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Corina Bowen said...

That is one of my biggest things!! I would love to write, again.. but working full time, doing ministry full time, 2 kids and 1 husband.. I feel like I don't have any time left to breathe....

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I hear you, Ane. Don't even get me started about how bad I am with the e-mail thing. But it's, oh, so fun! :-) Today has been crazy. Gone all day--had to get my hair done. Yes, it's that bad, that's why it took all day. LOL!

I did manage to squeeze in some study of Jim Bell's book on Plot & Structure. AWESOME book!!

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Oh Ane, you said it. I don't even have time to write this comment but somehow I'm squeezing it in. And Diann, I didn't write today either :-( I did, however, drive the carpool, take one child to the dr., pick up one child early, shopp for the fam...anyway, I can relate!

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...'re bringing me down, sister! I've had this idea that when my son is grown I'm going to be just overflowing with free time. (what with no homework to check and all) I'm planning to put out at least a dozen books a year. LOL. Are you telling me this isn't so??? ;)

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Sabrina, to answer your question: Um, yes, that's what I'm telling you--well, unless you live on a deserted island somewhere, then it could happen. ;-)

At 2:55 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Oh, I'm totally with you, Diann. I have a hard time saying no--I mean, I'm coordinating the Genesis! How much more can that scream that I'm a "can't say no" kind of person???

One thing I still struggle with, but that I'd like to implement, is the rule to DO IT FIRST. Everyone says that's a key to better organization and priorities. So even if I have tons to do that day, I should do the most important stuff first--namely, Bible reading and writing, right? Do I do this? Well, I think about it. That doesn't really count, does it?

One of these days I'll be better about getting these things done first.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

See, I have NO problem saying NO! LOL

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Yes,the balance is frustrating. But, like you, I have to remind myself it's OK to take time to live life.

Writing is so all consuming. It's not like a job where you go in at a certain time and leave at a certain time, and if a few x,y,z tasks don't get done, it's okay.

Or, if you don't work that day, business goes on, people cover for you.

No one to cover for you while writing a novel. :)

But these "non productive" days count. A lot.



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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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