I am getting ready to fly to Boston on Wednesday for a Creative Writing masters program residency at Goddard College, and boy is my plate full! I have to finish editing part of a manuscript for a “hopeful” book, write two articles for a newspaper and a magazine, knock out a press release, pack and find time to sleep. While I seriously appreciate the work, these current deadlines are most inconvenient!
So, what do you do when you are running out of time, but have immediate deadlines to meet? Perhaps making a 1,2, 3 list would be a good idea. You know the deal. It might look something like this:
- Take a walk (fresh air always stimulates my mind)
- Make a protein shake (protein is good for the brain)
- Shower (I cannot work dirty and/or sweaty)
- Organize your desk
- Organize your notes
- Start writing (the process could vary)
- Lunch (don’t skip meals, it’s unhealthy)
- Back to the grind
- Break (take another mini-walk or mini-nap… it can be very rejuvenating)
- More coffee
- Keep writing
You get the picture… However, sometimes even with the best intentions and organizational skills, it doesn’t play out that way. So far, my day has gone something like this:
- Woke up at 4:30 (tossing and turning)
- Fell back to sleep around 6 am
- Rose at 8 (an hour later than usual)
- Got a phone call, then dealt with a rodent of unusual size
- Decided to shower
- Forgot to make coffee
- Drank a protein shake
- Made some green tea
- Noticed it was 11:20 am, and began to panic.
- 11:40 another phone call
- 12:14 someone befriended me on Facebook
- 12:30 ate lunch
- etc., etc.
By the time 3:00 rolled around (it’s now 4:14), I had still not done much of anything.
So, even with the best intentions, and plans for the most productive and organized day, we are subject to interruptions of all kinds and sometimes–just sometimes…it’s inconvenient to have deadlines! 🙂