Today’s task for the 2015 October Platform Challenge is to create a time management plan.
Back in the day, when I was gainfully employed in retail management, I was so organized it was scary! I maintained monthly, weekly and daily planners. I could tell at a glance where I would be at any given time, on any given day, and what I would be doing there, weeks in advance. I had to juggle store visits, training sessions, district meetings, conference calls, paperwork, employee reviews, travel, and so much more! And, if I had not managed my time efficiently, my district would have fallen apart.
Now I work at home, as an aspiring novelist. I have chapters to complete, editing to do, agents and publishers to research, queries to submit, and a writer’s platform to create and maintain. I also try to take classes, join discussion groups, or participate in other learning exercises, such as the 2015 October Platform Challenge.
As an aspiring author, I will probably never master the level of time management I employed during my tenure as a Retail District Manager. But if I do not manage my time more efficiently than I do at present, my career will fall apart. So today’s task is tailor-made for me!
After giving it a great deal of thought, I decided to return to what worked for me as a manager – the monthly, weekly, and daily planners – and modify them to best serve my current career.
Today’s plan looks a little like this:
8am-10am – check e-mail, respond to anything writing-related; read the WD There Are No Rules blog to get today’s 2015 October Platform Challenge task; work on today’s challenge task.
10am-11am – work on writer’s platform (write and publish today’s blog post; check Twitter and Facebook and make at least one relevant post on each.)
11am-1pm – lunch, personal errands, personal time on social media
1pm-3pm – work on Book 3 of Paths of Destiny
3pm – 5pm – research/query agents and publishers; if time allows, check Twitter and FB again
Not a bad start on today’s task. Like many of the tasks, though, it is not a once-and-done task, but a habit that needs to be developed and nurtured. I will be working a lot more on this from now on.
Feel free to stop back from time to time. I’ll keep the porch light on for you.