By Ellen Leventhal
The writer’s life and time management. Unfortunately, these two don’t always go together well. At least not for me. I’m sure I’m not alone in my wish for more hours in the day. Does anyone else end their days staring at the ceiling, ticking off all the tasks you did NOT get done that day? Please tell me it’s not just me!
So how happy am I that there is a full extra day this month? VERY happy. Surely, I will use this day to check things off my list. There aren’t that many things, right? I can do this! Here we go:
- Send poetry to that magazine.
- Dig out the email that tells me the name of the magazine.
- Type out texts of picture books to work on pacing.
- Go to the library and check-out said picture books.
- Begin work on that new website I’ve been talking about for years.
- Find someone to help me do that.
- Walk around the block. Sitting all day is bad for you.
- Finish three critiques.
- Call Comcast so I can get online to pull up the stories to critique.
- Re-write that short story in picture book format.
- Re-write that picture book manuscript into short story format.
- Have lunch!
- Stop at the Galleria after lunch to pick up those cute clothes for grandkids.
- Text daughters-in-law and double check sizes.
- Reply to store’s request for more books. Yes, the reissue of that book will be out by summer.
- Nag anyone who is responsible for getting the new book out.
- Have dinner.
- Climb into bed and tick off every item I did not accomplish. Sigh….
Sometimes it’s time management issues. Sometimes it’s computer issues. And sometimes life interferes with the best laid plans. But I will take this extra day for something. Even if it means counting my blessings because, although the book deals aren’t rolling in, a lot of other great things are.
Happy Leap Day, everyone! Use it to do what makes your happy.