March 14, 2012

Deadlines: ROW80 Check In

"I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation." Harry Shearer

Truer words...

I am a juggler, and the only way I've found to successfully juggle multiple commitments is to watch the ball that's on fire the closest. I get through each day by doing the thing that has to be done first. On good days, I have time for other things, but any day where nothing is late is successful.

The problem (okay, there are many problems with this "putting fires out" approach, but I'm trying to focus here)... I don't have writing deadlines in my calendar. I have general goals and mental deadlines. But I need the my-phone-is-beeping-at-me kind of deadline in place. 

Note: Please tell me I'm not the only person on the planet who has my phone ding me for everything so I can't possibly forget! And not just appointments, things like "Call X" or "No more milk." 

I have started using a separate calendar for my writing, editing, reviewing, blogging... all better known as my writing business calendar. My WIP is going to start having the same deadlines as other projects. Chapter X done by date X. I think it will motivate me, especially if I highlight it in some obscene neon highlighter color (and enter into my phone calendar for some of the beeping love).

Wish me luck!

It's Wednesday, time for my A Round of Words in 80 Days Update (yes, a deadline!):

Writing: Lots of it. Nada on my WIP. *sigh*

Editing: The reason I didn't write on my WIP, editing deadlines. The positive: done and sent. Guess what's on the calendar for tomorrow and Friday? You guessed it, writing! I'm hoping to make up for missing Monday and Tuesday with pressing deadlines.

Social Media: My many apologies. I graded myself a C on Sunday, and I'm now an F. A pure social media failure. Another deadline: fulfill my sponsor duties for Sunday's posts and today's by Friday. It's highlighted in my calendar, so pressure and guilt are in place.

Reading: I've been on a wonderful streak of good books lately. I love when that happens. I just finished Bookended by Beauty Queens (reviewed here).

Diet & Exercise: Pulling back on the collapsed diet plans and continuing my half marathon training.

Only one more week of Round 1! Wishing everyone all the best!


Julie Glover said...

Great job knocking out the editing! Hope you get some great writing time the rest of this week.

I LIVE by a calendar program/app called Cozi, which sends alerts to my phone and email. It also allows me to keep lists...because I am a listophile. Do whatever works for you, Tia!

Happy ROW80! We're so close to the end. :)

Eden Mabee said...

I haven't reached the "phone dinging" phase (well, except where the Dr. appointments and credit card companies are willing to do them for me), but the juggling phenomena is very familiar for me. I bet you've also found times when those balls on fire burnt your hand when you caught them too.

Your idea of making your WiP part of your calendar sounds like a sensible one. Here's hoping it is the perfect one too.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're at least keeping your head above water. I try to schedule and plan, but retirement is a mixed blessing. Lots of freedom to pick and choose among an ever growing list of possibilities - always another sparkly thing to catch my eye.

Tia Bach said...

Julie, I'm looking into Cozi. Thanks!

Eden, Yes, many a burnt hand. Here's to hoping sensible = productive, right? ;-)

Nicole Basaraba said...

Yes, I think I would give myself a D in the social media department (includign blogging). I've been bad lately because I'm getting near the end of the WIP. So hard! lol. Anyways, along the lines of you said, even though I may not be commenting on everyone's blog, I'm still with you in spirit. :) Only 6days left of this round of ROW80...

Tia Bach said...

Ravens, I know, sparkly, such a problem. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

Tia Bach said...

Glad you are focusing on your WIP, Nicole. I need to do the same! Let's keep those good vibes going back and forth.

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