Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gotta love Bradley Cooper's opening line in Limitless, I quote, "See this guy. What kind of guy without a drug or alcohol problem looks this way (disheveled mess)? Only a writer." LOVE IT!  

My question today is . . . How do you find time to write, scrap book, paint, blog, whatever your talent, and still get everything else done (work; laundry; clean the house; grocery shop; take care of kids, pets; get a haircut; shower; etc)?

The new year is about making resolutions or goals. Mine is to multitask better. I’m curious of how others handle life and make time to write or do something they are passionate about. Please take a moment to comment on how you get it all done. Do you have specific days you schedule it in for? Specific hours? Do you squeeze in your writing/passion whenever you can? Do you only write before a deadline or critique meeting? Would love to know your multitasking strategies.


  1. As a dad, and a writer with a fulltime job, it's very hard to find the time. Luckily, I can get some writing and blogging done while at work.

  2. Great post. Hobbies? What hobbies? LOL

  3. Ha! I'm still trying to figure that out! ;) As you know, I have four-five part-time jobs depending on how you look at it.

    I definitely get stuff done better when I have a deadline, and the stuff that isn't essential gets pushed to the side. Unfortunately, it's the stuff that isn't essential (ie: the stuff I'm not actually paid for) that I enjoy the most. *sigh* Maybe someday...

  4. It depends on what it is. I am a plan, schedule, and list maker. Sometimes I even make it a point to purposefully drop everything to do what I want to do. This year I am making it a point to actually do the fun things that I have been putting off. Sometimes you will just have to make the decision to take the time you need for yourself.

  5. Hi Tara: Stopping over from The QQQE. Anxious to see what Matt says about your query. Appreciate your bravery. 'Limitless' one of my 'all time' favorite movies.

    Multitasking - HA -most days I look more like the 'opening character in Limitless (without the beard) than who I hope to be. No kids makes it easier to put my passion first. Man, that sounded selfish. Well,there you have it.

    Hey, I'll be back.

  6. Wandered over from Matt's at QQQE.

    For me, it's about prioritization. You have to decide what's really the most important to you. It's a time management issue, too. There can be things that take a lot of time but aren't really important to you. Those are the things, if you can get control of them, that can give you more time. I watch very, very little TV anymore. And I've given up my one FB game. They just take too much time.

    Now if I could get a grip on the blogging thing. lol

    Good luck!

  7. I write every day. Sometimes writing is drafting. Sometimes it's editing. Sometimes it's promotion. But it's all contributed to the work of writing.

    Sometimes I only have 10 minutes, and I use it. Sometimes I have two hours, and I use it. It's just about using the time you have to get as much done as you can. That's what I do.

  8. Hi, I'm here from the QQQE too. I'm lucky that I get to stay at home (being a full-time dad), so I read blogs (and books) in very short bursts throughout the day, and I write at night when everyone is asleep. Next week, though, my 3-year-old will start nursery and I'll have five clear mornings a week... excellent ;)

    I see all the housework and errands as just stuff that has to get fitted around my real purpose in life, writing. I'm not sure my wife sees it that way though...

  9. I'm still trying to figure it all out. With 3 kids that I home-school, working part-time and writing, I have to admit my house usually suffers. This year I'm trying to be more efficient, by planning more and running around less.

  10. Oh I loved Limitless by the way!