Finding time for NaBloPoMo

I’ve been writing an ebook “Time Management for Busy Parents”, it’s not finished yet; I just can’t seem to find the time to get round to it…. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I keep taking on new things.  There is no doubt about it, the life of a parent is full of stuff – kid’s stuff, mum’s stuff, dad’s stuff, work stuff, housework stuff, taxi-ing stuff etc. etc. etc.  Now I’m going to tell you straight, we all have the same number of hours in the day and I’m not going to be showing you a way to create a 25 hour day…. and I don’t think I’d want it anyway…. I’m pooped by bedtime ;-)  However, it’s also true that some people are much more effective with the time they have than others.  So here are my top 7 tips for making the most of your time:

  1. Don’t take on things you don’t need to do….. darn #fail, I hardly think NaBloPoMo constitutes a necessary distraction…. hey ho.  But fun is necessary too, and so far it’s fun…. hmmm will it still be fun on the 30th November?
  2. Write a list.  This is the absolute Holy Grail of effective people.  Most will have structure to their list too…. it will at the very least be prioritised…. essential things to do, responses to send, do it if I have time…. you get the idea…. if things stick around in the “do it if I have time” category for longer than a few days, scrub them, they’re just not important enough to make the list!
  3. Remove distractions – so, don’t open email, twitter, FaceBook, (insert any other SM addiction), until you’ve done the essential things on your list.
  4. Keep away from the TV (#fail I found myself (somehow, have no idea how it happened) watching The Hotel Inspector last night at 11.30…. (note to self: get real, get a grip, stop watching crap))
  5. When you find yourself with a bit of extra time (ha), plan and write ahead.
  6. Use your blogging platform to store up ideas – every time I have a brilliant idea – or even a mediocre one I jot it down as a new post and save it as a draft…… sometimes I write a note or add a link to remind myself of what I was thinking at the time, then I come back to them later and wonder what on earth made me think it was a good idea or, occasionally follow it through and complete the article.
  7. Early to bed, early to rise….. ha, ha, ha!

Oh and do keep checking back if you’re interested… one day soon you’ll find a link here to the time management ebook – I’ll let you know right now though, it ain’t going to appear in November ;-)

Earlier I posted a pic of me with my list.  And if anyone knows how I can get rid of the half pic which has ended up in the header of that post, please let me know…. I clicked “use as featured image” when I uploaded it and there doesn’t seem to be an option to undo it…. at least it’s only on this post, AND I know what that feature does now…..  and so do you ;-)

And here’s the reality:
The truth

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8 Responses to Finding time for NaBloPoMo

  1. I have also signed up for NaBloPoMo and loved your post about it, especially early to bed…early to rise…hahahah! I am late to bed and often grumpy to rise!
    Good luck and I’ll keep following
    from fun to mum recently posted..NaBloPoMo, Death, Life – Little Miss G Birth StoryMy Profile

  2. Aly says:

    I have written a list of the posts I’m going to do for NaBloPoMo already.I’m not a ‘writer’ blogger but I will take up some of the writing prompts.I guess it’s kind of cheating but I don’t want to stray too far away from the structure of my blog.Good luck with your e-book.
    Aly recently posted..National Blog Posting Month NaBloPoMoMy Profile

  3. Debbie says:

    Started with the best of intentions today- then a friend invited me out for coffee which turned in to lunch and now I’m on mummy taxi till 7pm. Where does it all go?

  4. I can so relate to everything you’ve just said! I can’t quite believe I’ve committed myself to NaBloPoMo, but am enjoying the challenge. And as if that wasn’t hard enough, today I decided to sign up for the write a book in a month challenge too! I think I must be mad! I am cheating a bit though as I’m going to expand on my blog posts and make them into an e-book – I often write about 1000 words for a post, so I’ll just have to add a another 600 or so a day and I’ll reach the 50,000 word target. Now there’s an example of time management for you ;) Whether I’ll be able to achieve it is another thing, but I’m going to try.
    Nikki – A Mother in France recently posted..Step 2 – There’s no such word as Can’tMy Profile

  5. Mosa says:

    Whew! Thanks for the inspiration for this crazy month of writing. Now can you just do some NLP on me so I actually follow through with my writing goals? ;-)
    Mosa recently posted..Caught in the MiddleMy Profile

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