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*Whew!* Building Website is HARD WORK!

Today is dedicated solely to working on my new website! If you’re on the new website already, then you can ignore this sentence. If you’re not, you can look forward to a new website very soon! :-) I am currently working on editing the stylesheet of the child theme to the parent theme I have chosen. It is H.A.R.D. W.O.R.K. with all caps! Still, I know I will feel very accomplished once I’ve gotten it all tweaked and pretty. :-)

I hope that once I announce my new website URL, those of you who are following me will continue to do so from the new site. :-) Thanks to everyone who has read my existing blog.  I really appreciate your readership and your comments!

Thanks for stopping by,

~L.M.

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Writing While on Vacation…

Vacation is supposed to be a break from life. Well, for most writers out there, we find ourselves drawn to our craft even on our self-declared “vacations.” How do I deal with that overwhelming urge to write even when I know my mind and creativity need a rest? I journal. Anytime we are going out-of-town for a vacation, I pack my journal and I try to write down the events of each day while we are away. It keeps my writing brain active while giving it something tame and easy to write about. Journaling is an excellent writing exercise on vacation because, not only will it be special to read over your trip in the future, it helps to keep your skills flexed and working while still resting.

I would challenge all you writers out there to keep a journal anyway, but especially during vacation.

I’m at the beach right now! Have a great week! I’m going to go sit under an umbrella while everyone else is soaking up the sun. (I get really bad sun poisoning no matter how much sunscreen, clothing, etc. that I have on. In addition to my million other allergies, I am allergic to the UV.)

 

Blessings,

 

The Writer

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Staying Organized and Balanced

It’s not easy to stay balanced and organized when you have thirty million things to accomplish each day. I don’t even have children yet and still my days seem to pile up with more things than I can realistically give attention to. How do I stay organized and calm with what I have going on? Task, Schedules, and To-Do Lists. Before I tell you how I do this, I’ll give you a little look into my busy life. Now, I am aware that some of you out there may be grinding your teeth and grunting at my idea of “busy”. You’d be justified, probably. I don’t have children, I no longer have a day-job in the corporate world to bog me down. However, I do have quite a lot that I make time for in my day and I want to make sure I get everything done to the best of my abilities and still maintain my joy and serenity.

My Priorities Each Week

+ Spend time with God (daily Quiet Time)

+ Spend time with my husband

+ Taekwondo and Hapkido classes (at least twice a week for each martial art)

+ Exercise (Cross-training)

+ Grocery Shopping/Meal Planning

+ Household Chores

+ Writing Work

+ Editing Work

+ Maiedae Work (I am their Chief Editor, Ad Manager, and Support Person)

+ Language Work (I am currently learning Japanese and Korean)

+ Blogging Work (I regularly post to two blogs)

+ Contact my family members (either calling them, spending time with them, or other)

+ Church

+ Journal (I keep a journal during the work week)

I use three primary means of organizing my time: Tasks, Schedules, and To-Do Lists. I’ll break each one down for you below. I realize that not everyone will work well with these methods, but they work very well for me. I am an extremely creative person, but I am also very linear, orderly, and structured. If you feel you are similar to me, these suggestions might really help you. 🙂

TASKS

What do I mean by tasks? At the beginning of each week, I sit and spend some time identifying the things that need to be done during the work week. I establish what I need to do at work (both writing//editing work and Maiedae.) I establish what I need to do at home. I write all of these things down on a white board I keep in my office. This list can be added to, of course, but it usually stays the same all week. This helps me keep track of any important appointments, everyday chores, and any work-related deadlines.

SCHEDULES

I find that it makes life a whole lot easier when you devote certain days to certain tasks. For instance: Wednesday is always “Date-Day”. The Philosopher and I use this day as a time just for “us.” Also, Sundays are for church and usually any family activities we might have planned during the week. Sometimes family stuff pops up on other days, but in general, Sundays. I also denote two days each week to my martial arts training. That usually happens to be Tuesday and Thursday, but sometimes it is Monday and Thursday.

TO-DO-LISTS

After I have identified my tasks and used scheduling to put certain tasks on certain days, I create to-do lists for each day. This helps me divide up my week into a manageable attack plan for each day. This means getting more done over a longer period of time instead of trying to cram everything into one or two days. It keeps me organized and accountable for my time.

I hope that some of these practices helped you or gave you an idea of how YOU might organize your work best! Thanks for stopping by! If you have any other tips for organizing and balancing your time, I’d love to hear them! Please share in a comment!

The Writer

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Busy Week Ahead!

Hi, all!

Well, after the Philosopher came home from Dallas on Saturday night, we had a nice relaxing weekend. Today, I am hitting the ground running. There is a lot do to both work-wise and home-wise this week, because my hubby and I are going on vacation next week with my in-laws! It is going to be a lot of fun, but because I won’t be able to spend a ton of time working next week, I will be writing two blog posts a day (publishing one and saving the other to be published next week.) I’m not doubling my word count for my manuscripts, but I am trying to write a bit more each day to make up for not being able to write very much next week.

I love vacations SO much, but they do tend to rock your schedule. I am a creature of habit and order, so when things like this come up, it is both exciting and an teeny bit stressful. I have a giant to-do list on my white board in my office of things that need to be accomplished this week. I will also start making  packing lists for the luggage. I am definitely a list maker and am very task oriented. I do this, as well, for my workday. Each Monday, I write down tasks that need to be done during the week. Each morning, I take some of those tasks (some are repeated daily) and get them checked off. It works very well for me.

I hope you are all having a terrific Monday! Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for a big post next week about staying organized during your work week and balancing all aspects of your busy life!

The Writer

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First Day as a Full-time Writer and Editor!

This is the first day of my dream career. It began early: 6:15 AM. My husband, the Philosopher, had to fly out to Dallas this morning and I had to drop him off at his carpool meetup spot. So, without further ado, my schedule on my first day of dream-job work!

6:15 : Woke up and snuggled with the Philosopher until 7:00.

7:00-7:30: Drove the husband to his carpool meetup spot.

7:30-8:00: Drove home and took a walk to wake up. Got dressed.

8:00-8:30: Checked email, wrote out my task goals for the day.

8:30-10:00: wrote 2,000 words on my current manuscript.

10:00-10:15: took a break, saved manuscript, worked on a blogging draft, etc.

10:15-10:40: Cover art work for my novel we are working on getting published.

10:40-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: Edited a manuscript I will soon be readying for publishing.

11:30-12:00: Reading period (mandatory daily).

12:00-1:10: Lunch Break

1:10-1:35: Editing//Ad Managing work for my other job

1:35-1:40: Break

1:40-2:10: Housework

2:10-3:00: Blogging

3:00-3:15: Finishing up any last detail work for other job

DONE WITH THE WORKDAY!

 WOW. What a blast it has been working from home for the day! Guess what? I get to do it again, and again, and again….SO EXCITING! I was surprised by how well I stayed on track and by how much I got done today. It was terrific. In the future, I’ll have more work for my editing job, so my days might look more like 8-4 or something like that. For now, I’m filling up any extra holes with serious blogging. I hope you all have a terrific rest of the day! Thanks for stopping by! P.S.– I completed ALL of my goal tasks I set for myself today! YIPPEE!

Blessings,

The Writer