Welcome back to another Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. Today I’m going to be talking about something very near and dear to my heart over the past few weeks. Scheduling, deciding the best use of your time, and triage. Before you zone out on me, or start yawning uncontrollably, just give me a couple of minutes. I promise this is a quick post and.. hey, you might even learn something.
In addition to writing, I also work the dreaded EDJ (also known as evil day job). Don’t get me wrong. It’s got its perks, but overall… writing can be a full time job in and of itself. There are days I totally resent having to get up, go to that other place, then come home exhausted and unable to move my ass off the couch. I’m sure some of you can relate.
Some days the only thing that keeps me going is vodka. No no no, just kidding. It’s triage.
The first thing that goes is social media. Not ALL social media. Just the ones that I babysit specifically for writing purposes. For me, that’s Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr. When you see my posts, they’re just reposts of other posts from my blog or Facebook. And… if we’re being honest, I don’t really think that I see much of a bump when I promo from these arenas, anyway.
I basically stick with Facebook. It seems to be the most profitable promotion-wise, and gives me the largest audience to express myself.
I cut out non essential posting, stay away from hot button issues, and just generally try to keep myself low key. I don’t post vitriol about presidential candidates. I don’t talk about my personal thoughts about abortion, the Middle East, or anything else that’s going to involve me pissing a bunch of people off. Not only is that a shitty move for anyone who’s trying to have mass appeal but it’s also really freaking time consuming.
You’re likely to see promo, things that made me laugh, or just general posts about my day. It’s simpler that way. When life explodes, I like simple.
I start scheduling things in large chunks for other people and myself. I set up WordPress to share my blog posts on all of my social media outlets. It’s a bit less personal, but sometimes it’s all I have the time and energy for at the end of my day.
I schedule EVERYTHING in my Google Calendar. I have separate calendars for my reading, writing, and review time. Hell, I’ve got a dog walking calendar. It’s lame, but it keeps me organized. If I write it all down, I lose it. If my phone reminds me every twenty minutes I’ve gotta do a thing, then… eventually I will do it just to shut it up.
It’s simpler that way. I like simple.
I believe one of my other Naughty Quills touched on this topic not too long ago, and she was spot on. Sometimes, when you’re trying to balance work, life, and all the other stuff you’ve got going on, you have to say no. When you see more hassle comes from it than good. When you’re stressed to the max and trying to do more than you’re able to. When someone asks you for something that can’t possibly benefit you at any point going forward.
That last line sounds really mercenary. I know. Ultimately, as a writer, I’m running a small business. I’m a writer/editor/marketing guru/social media expert/graphic designer/etc. As much as I’d love to collaborate with *random person* to *insert random act here*, I have to wonder. Will this win me readers? Does this promote my brand? Can we exchange services in some way that benefits us both? If the answers to those questions are no, then I am not likely to participate.
It’s just simpler that way. Have I mentioned that I LIKE simple?
When I am buried by obligations, these are the few things that help me keep my head above water. I hope that, if you’re in a similar situation, that some of these tools will be useful for you.
Till next time!