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Time Management v Procrastination
Posted by Jo Lamb

I'm posting this on behalf of Chris Nedahl who is away in the UK welcoming the newest addition to her family, a granddaughter.

Time management v procrastination - 'Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.'

April was an amazing month for me. After a lovely holiday, seeing widely different parts of my adopted country, and visiting Madeira, I met Nicola and Robin again, Angela, Jo and Simon for the first time. Chatting to the girls made me feel motivated to keep writing, and work towards publication.

I have actually sorted out a domain and site and on my return from the UK intend to start posting my poetry and prose - it has taken me years!

I am working once more on my young adult novel. It started out, a long time ago, as a short story for a competition. It was not successful but I so loved the idea behind it, I worked on turning it into book form. I haven't been happy with the direction it took so recently, when I found another story I had written, somewhat other worldly, I decided to combine the two. It changes the current form considerably but I think makes it more appealing to my anticipated audience.

I am also timetabling my work time. It is shared between writing, genealogy, and Spanish. I did this a couple of years ago and it helped me stay focussed. I feel my attempt to move my writing forward and up a notch will be helped by a time management plan.

I want to enter The Bath Children's Novel Award, and I thought giving myself a framework would encourage me to get a regular amount of writing done daily. Whilst I need only 5,000 words and a synopsis by November 19th, I have so much more already written, I hope to have edited the whole thing by then. Please feel free to 'chivvy' me along. I will post chapters on site for your perusal.

Needless to say it would be extremely beneficial to hear what WA friends think. Will sticking with this arrangement provide me with a modicum of success? How do you ensure you are productive on a daily basis? Those who have editors' deadlines have a force to be reckoned with but for the likes of me, procrastination all too often wins the day.

I feel highly motivated at the moment - have I set enough in place to keep that motivation going?

Any tips, gratefully received, and I apologise now for this being a 'me' blog but I am trying very hard to become a more productive, and organised, writer.

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