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November 20, 2009


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Shelley, it's interesting: many writers I coach are really productive and organized on the job, but struggle with managing their own time and writing projects.

Given that you've obviously got a lot on the ball already, you might find my recent post, "Be Your Own Project Manager" (http://bit.ly/axSb1D) helpful.

Thanks for stopping by and look forward to hearing more about your writing, Shelley.

Coach Marla

Good suggestions! While I'm great with time management in my day job, I'm not quite as disciplined with my writing. Why are blogs and facebook so tempting? =) Anyway, planning time in modules makes a lot of sense...thanks!

@Carolyn, Thanks for the good words. Reading your comment made me think of that "notice the edges" drawing exercise from _Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain._ It's a useful practice, this notion of paying attention to the "edges" of things.

@Louise, So cool that you shared your experiment with us - glad you had some luck with the "mind your stopping time" suggestion. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us.

I ended up adding a bunch of things to my schedule last week so I didn't have as much unstructured time as I thought, but in the time I had, I have found that putting a time limit on and then stopping when that time is up is a surprisingly effective and counterintuitive tactic.

Perfect timing on this article! My daughter will soon be going to 6th grade camp for a whole week, so I will have loads of unstructured time. I often find myself floundering with that much time on my hands and don't get nearly as much done as I would like. I will definitely put this idea to the test soon, and let you know how it goes!

These are such wonderful tips! I am pretty good about scheduling focused writing time, but am not good at honoring the end-time. It's so important to remember that stopping is just as (or close to!) important as starting.

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