Monday, June 27, 2016

How to manage your time - 5 easy steps! #MotivationMonday

Typical summer - There's so much I need/want to do, when I find spurts of free time, I get overwhelmed and end up squandering it, frittering it away with meaningless nonsense. I really need to have a go-to list for that precious time that slips away faster and faster these days. So here's what I'm gonna do...
  1. Prioritize - I know what I need to do, but what needs done soonest? I also need a long list and a short list => How much time is each item going to take? I hate to get going on something only to leave it half done!
  2. Get off the internet - we are addicted, admit it!! Admitting we have a problem is the beginning of the solution. Set a time limit, use the timer on your phone! SELF-DISCIPLINE! DO IT!
  3. Just say NO - can you add another scrumptuous helping to your already overflowing plate of food you know you aren't going to finish? Stop it! It's okay to say no. But if you really need to say yes, SEE STEP ONE! Add it to the queue (love that word!)
  4. Just do it - yes, I'm stealing some catch phrases, but they work and will help us remember. So stop hassling me about it and get back to your list!
  5. Make sure relaxation is part of the plan - being productive can only happen if the mind is healthy and rested - a burned out brain is not a functional brain, hence the term brain dead. Don't let your brain die (and playing on your phone is not relaxation, it actually ADDS stress to your life - it's a fact, go look it up, UNPLUG!)
So that's my bit of advice for today. Now for the news...

THE THING THAT TURNED ME
comes out THIS Thursday, June 30! Yay!!
Prompted by the lovely producers of this conquest, Randi Lee and Imani Antoinette, I put together a youtube promo (btw, if any co-authors would like me to edit theirs similarly, let me know taratylertalks at the gmail email)

I'm also considering participation in these upcoming events:




The Write. Edit. Publish. challenge...

with your hostesses:
Denise Covey & Yolanda Renée




The Storytime Blog Hop - for stretching your writerly wings in speculative fiction!

NEXT HOP JULY 27, 2016.
This is the 3rd StoryTime Blog Hop of 2016

Juneta Key has more info on her website side-bar, feel free to contact her if you're interested



What are you trying to accomplish this summer?
Happy Monday, y'all!

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Smart tips!
Great video. I sent one in but never heard if it was uploaded. Should I upload it myself?

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm hoping to finish my WIP over this summer, and finally, belatedly publish my first Atlantic City book. I'd planned on doing it last summer, but was too humiliated by my complete lack of sales. It would also be nice to get back to my fourth Russian historical by the end of summer.

The Silver Fox said...

I think many of us forget number five!

Christine Rains said...

Excellent tips! And I loved the video. I have nothing with a camera to do one myself, but I'm super excited about the anthology. I'm hoping to finish Totem #5 this week. *knocks on wood*

M.J. Fifield said...

Wait...get off the Internet? Can people do that?

This summer, I'm personally hoping to finish what I had planned to finish back in April. Maybe if I had just gotten off the Internet, I wouldn't be so far behind. :)

Excellent tips—all very true!

Patricia Lynne said...

Get off the interwebz? WHAAAAAAAAT? ;)
In all seriousness, great tips.

Kelly Steel said...

Awesome tips and advice...if only we can take it all. Hardest is getting off the net :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Nice promo vid! The Thing That Turned Me looks like a fantastic anthology.

Loving the tips, too! #5 is one I forget to do a lot, I must admit. (I burnt out pretty badly last week as a result!)

Rhonda Albom said...

I was sure I had commented . . . Great tips. Although without reading on, 3 Just say no seems to directly contradict 4. Just do it.

Annalisa Crawford said...

So... #2? That#s negotiable, right? You just added that to make up the numbers? You don't really mean...?

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Very thought provoking tips. Yup the internet is a double edged sword.