I had a great plan. My blog post was due today, and I was scheduled to be at Killer Nashville. Easy peasy. I'd take my laptop with me, make frequent and indulgent use of what I expected to be free internet, and upload a blogging masterpiece that would make Stephanie Meyer think I'd found the secret for lightening in a bottle.
I was so confident in my plan, I focused on everything in the world but my blog post. Then the wheels came off. No free internet at the hotel. My displeasure is difficult to articulate. Not only did it derail my blogging plan, but also the lack of free access to my not-so-secret addiction, the internet, kept me from getting work for my day job done. It hit me square in the face. I should have planned better and worked on my time management before leaving for the conference so I would have been better prepared. Lesson learned (I say after a few hours sleep sitting at the free computer in the business center).
Finding the time to do this post reminded me that I really needed to work on my time management. I always find a way to get done what needs to get done by the time it should be, but it is usually at the cost of sleep, fun, and peace of mind (notice I didn't say meals - those babies are carved in stone). I've tried scheduling my day. That was a waste of paper. I've tried dividing my day (morning for work/evening for writing), but I couldn't keep the divisions separate. I'm looking for new tools. I'm such a wimp. How everyone on this blog balances work, writing, kids and a productive life is beyond me. I have yet to manage juggling the two balls I'm supposed to control.
I would love to hear time management suggestions from everyone so I can keep one of the balls in the air from bouncing off my head!