#IWSG December: What would you do differently?

Hindsight is great isn’t it? If we could live our lives with our hindsight apps switched on we’d all be perfect human beings.

Or would we?

This month’s prompt question for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is;

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

My reply has to be about time management. I should know better. I do know better. And yet, I let my day start with the time suck of social media, when I should insist on writing for a set amount of time first. Of course it’s not always social media, sometimes it’s hanging out the washing, or writing lists, or… ok, I admit I haven’t gone as far as housework, but you get the picture.

So, now I’ve outed myself I really should do something about that.

How do you manage your time? Hints and tips gratefully accepted!

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forgot to visit this month’s co-hosts; Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

And if you’d like to join this merry band of writers, started by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, then you can sign up here!

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13 Responses to #IWSG December: What would you do differently?

  1. I get up early and work, or do the forum and Twitter. I have been doing fairly well with blog posting, but the big one for me is recognizing when I get to writing in circles and taking a step back to figure out why BEFORE I waste a whole lot of time. I can usually work it out quickly if I look at timelines, but in the middle of things I don’t think to look.

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  2. I’m terrible at managing my time. I really get sucked into the internet and before you know it the sun is setting and my stomach is grumbling πŸ™‚

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  3. I have a day job, so writing is slotted in between guitar practice and bedtime. But it’s been easy to do something else instead.

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  4. Juneta says:

    LOL, not much better. I did better when I worked full-time before unemployment. Distraction with all the tech and learning stuff can be an issue. I am working on focus for myself. Happy IWSG

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  5. emaginette says:

    You’re not alone in that habit. First thing I do to wake up. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  6. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Hi, Angela! I could use some time management tips too! And a Hindsight App. Maybe then I could have avoided publishing an incomplete draft as an IWSG host today. I most definitely am not perfect. I try to use social media as a reward, but sometimes it’s irresistible. Happy holidays and happy writing in December!

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  7. Chrys Fey says:

    Social media is a huge time suck. I actually got away from most social media because I don’t find it enjoyable anymore. I manage my time with to-do lists for every day or every week. This helps me to stay on track. As for writing, well, I struggled with that this year. But…butt in seat usually does the trick. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Heather M. Gardner says:

    I am terrible at time management. The only thing I’ve been able to do is make deals w/ myself. Write/edit for [ ] hours and you can watch an episode of Supernatural. πŸ™‚ Don’t judge!
    Best of luck!
    Thank you for participating!
    Heather
    Co-host, IWSG

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  9. jmh says:

    Managing time is a challenge for me as well. I always plan to write first, but then I just “have” to check my email and down the rabbit hole I go. Social media is the absolute worst, which is why I have it blocked from my computer during the workday.

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