Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#IWSG Feb 2015: Time Management

Wait, wasn't it just January? How can it be time the February IWSG post?

I sincerely hope to get back to working on my novels this month but the theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is TIME MANAGEMENT.

NO! It can't be time for IWSG again, can it? Sure is but the funny thing is I'm writing this in January. Why? Because on the day this is due, I should be hard into writing my 2nd or 3rd day of productive writing on book three of my Klondike Mystery Series, "Almost a Touch".

Time management has been a real issue for me ever since we moved to Cuenca, Ecuador. Why? Well, mainly because this is our grand adventure and there is so much to see and do. We plan to be here for another 4-5 years, but as you know, the older you get, the faster the time passes.

Just as in the states, I'm not real productive when writing at home, even blogging tie can be difficult to find. But to go somewhere else to write is quite different than being in the US where I hoped in our truck or on my motorcycle, loaded up the laptop and headed to a local McDonald's. Here, I have to carefully pack my laptop in a secure bag, walk to the closest bus stop, wait 0-20 minutes for the next bus, ride 10-15 minutes, get off and then walk to the little restaurant or cafe that offers free wifi.

"But you don't need wifi," you exclaim. Um, unfortunately I do. Since I am pantsing these books, I tend to do a lot of research as I write. That means, wifi access. Because I sit for 3-4 hours, I always buy something, even if just a cup of coffee, and I always rotate locations. I don't want to abuse the privilege of free wifi access.

So I'm hoping for better time management this month - how about you?


  1. Ecuador! How exciting. I definitely write better at home than off somewhere else. Funny how we all work so differently. If I'm ever feeling lazy about writing, I think of some of my RWA colleagues who write 3-4 books a year while raising a family, working and/or volunteering. I have goals I want to reach and I need to manage my time just as well as they do. :)

    Good luck with your writing.

  2. We do tend to take our writing conveniences for granted here, but for the chance to experience your adventure...I think it would be worth it. Enjoy.

  3. It always surprises me how time just seem to fly by and you didn't get as much as you'd hoped. Hope things look up for you. But hey, for whatever it's worth, at least you're having a great adventure in Ecuador!

  4. If it helps, you're not the only one who has a problem with time management.

  5. Okay--how is it I always miss the theme?!

  6. I'd be lost without the internet for research. I am glad you are having fun. I'm lousy at time management. Once I start researching, I get lost in it for hours.

  7. I'm not productive anywhere!

    Glad you've got a nice rotation going. :)

  8. Thank you everyone for you comments and encouragement. Still no writing done, been busy socializing. Maybe today I will finally get something written. Phew! Here's to a great Feb for everyone!!

  9. I'm not as good at time management as I'd like to be, either. And I would definitely have more problems with it if I lived in Ecuador. What a fabulous adventure you must be having! Hope your February is both fun and productive!


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