I have a lot going on at the moment, in my writing life and in real life. Yes, I do see a distinct separation between the two lives, even though one tends to muddy up the other from time to time.
When I’m writing, I’m a writer. I put on my writerly cloak and think writerly thoughts. That’s my plan for today.
When I’m doing real life stuff, I forget all about the writing part and get crazy. Yesterday, for instance, I mopped the kitchen floor, took a nap, spent quite a bit of time texting with my darling niece, and watched our local college team Colorado State University lose in overtime to University of Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. And I paid a lot of attention to Katie Cat because she’s very demanding.
When I’m being a writer, I’m also being a blogger and social media junkie. My husband often comments on the number of tabs I usually have open when I’m at my computer. There’s email, this blog, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog, a Google calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and sometimes Goodreads and amazon.com.
And I subscribe to a number of blogs that I follow regularly.
So….when I read Leo Babauta’s post this week on Zen Habits, I felt he might be talking directly to me. The post is called “I’m Returning to Single-Tasking.” In the first of six excellent points, Leo says he’s going to have only one tab open at a time. Multi-tasking is out the window. Single-tasking is in.
For me, this is an amazing new concept. How about you? What are your browser tab habits?
Lately I’ve been pretty busy, and the one thing that always gets sacrified is reading time. I started The Road to Character by David Brooks, but I had it checked out from the library on Overdrive and didn’t get it finished before it was automatically returned. I brought home a whole stack of new books from the Colorado Gold Conference to add the the piles of books I already have at home. I just read two short pieces from local author Kay Theodoratus, one ghostly mystery with a charming main character (The Ghost in the Closet), and the other a fantasy tale (Vengeance). I like them both and will get the reviews up soon. Tackling anything longer at the moment probably is not in the cards.
Anyway, back to my plan for today. A little bit of time outside, including to harvest some of my grapes. Making and baking meat loaf to put in the freezer. And working on the rewrites and revisions of one of my manuscripts. Taking Leo Babauta’s advice to heart, I vow to stop working on multiple projects at the same time. I’m prioritizing, and will focus on one. Just one.
Tell me something about your writing habits. Do you muddle about with more than one project at a time? Or do you focus on just one and get it finished before you move on to another?