Some of you may have noticed that you didn’t hear from me two weeks ago on my usual day to post. The reason is one I’m sure you are all familiar with, and one I’m hoping you can help me solve. The truth is, as much as I hate to say it, I just haven’t had the time to write. And I don’t mean I haven’t had the time in the last few days or the last few weeks. I mean I haven’t had time in, like, a month.
Normally this wouldn’t really bother me, but I felt like I was on somewhat of a roll and then all of the things in my life that aren’t writing—teaching, studying for the GRE (don’t EVEN get me started), and the day to day errands and checklists I have to get through just haven’t left me time to write. In fact, they’ve hardly left me time for much of anything (I finally got around to watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night, TWO DAYS after it actually aired! It was awesome, btw.)
The point is, I’ve been meaning to prioritize my revision work so I have time to finish this thing and take the next steps, but when I think about what I have to get done in a given day, my writing just hasn’t been making that list. It’s not even on the first or second back up, if-I-had-an-extra-hour-I-would-do-this list. There’s just too many other things to get done.
So my question to all of you this week is this: How do you make it a priority? When you have other things that definitely have to get done, how do you prioritize the writing, the thing which is never actually due, so to speak? The thing with no hard deadlines? Let me know your strategies in the comments below--I could use some help!
Cait Levin is the Community Manager at She Writes. You can read more of her blog (when she stops watching so much Dawson’s Creek and actually writes more of a blog) here.