This was a back door approach to better organization because I began by tracking my time for a few days (much as a Weight Watchers member is supposed to track every crumb of food and every drop of liquid consumed).
I thought if I was totally honest and wrote down every minute of work or play, I’d be able to find those free hours…or minutes…when I could be writing.
All I really learned is that I rarely focus on one task at a time and I’m easily distracted.
I open multiple tabs and hop from e-mail to my blog to Twitter to Facebook to other blogs.
If I see an interesting link in a blog post or on one of the social sites, I’m likely to click that link and head off to read something unrelated to my original task.
If the kitten meows or I hear a strange noise, I investigate.
The urge to get a cup of coffee is enough to pull me away from the computer and then I unload the dishwasher, rearrange the dust on the coffee table, and clean out the refrigerator from top to bottom.
And get another cup of coffee before I head back to the computer.
So I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll try to work on one project at a time.
Today, in between tweets and updates, I need to write two blog posts, finish a short story, and complete four critiques. But first I’m heading downstairs to get another cup of coffee.