Two months ago I wrote about fiscal planning for 2016. It’s important to know what you have in mind for your business in advance so you can map out the work that needs to be done. Today’s topic is time management because boy do I need it. Having a business plan is only part of the work. I need to manage my time for the rest of this year and into next year so I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish. I knew this of course on some level but didn’t do much so far with the actual management part when it came to my time.
Juggling a day job, running a writing group, running a book club, having essentially two part time jobs with the writing and ghost writing (I’ll talk about that later) not to mention having time to spend with family doesn’t leave a lot in the way of free time. I knew I needed a better time management plan when I realized I missed a guest post deadline earlier this month. Two weeks ago I was so focused on launching a ghostwriting/plotting/beta reading business because I needed money fast that I completely forgot that back in March I had booked a spot on someone’s blog for November 2. I remembered the last week of October and put it aside thinking I would do it the weekend before it was due. Then I decided to start offering author services and totally forgot the guest post.
Way back in the day I had a day planner. It was one of those thick paperback sized binders where you list everything you need to do in your day. I got it through work and they even offered a day class on how to use the planner properly to best effect. You could buy refills every year at your favourite business supply store. I have no idea where that planner is now. Then there are the lists. I frequently make lists of things I need to do each week but I don’t make them every week. At work I use Outlook. All of my meetings and tasks are listed in there and reminders get sent to me.
None of the reminders do any good unless you actually look at them every day. Which I haven’t been doing. I want to go into the new year on top of things. Meeting deadlines for my clients and for myself. So I am on the hunt for a time management system that can keep me on track. Right now it will be Google Calendar. But if anyone has any other suggestions for something that is easy to use, that I can use from my iPhone and that will send me reminders I’d love for you to share them!
Do you use a time management system? Does it work for you?
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A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest.
Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. A little run down, it hides a supernatural horror. A curse that replaces people with their repressed alter egos forces the friends to fight for their lives. Duplicates who lack restraint, crave gratification emerge from the mirrors. Too late they realize they didn’t know each other as well as they thought.
One by one, Lena’s friends learn the truth about their repressed emotions, their suppressed violent urges.
What doesn’t kill them can only make them stronger.