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T is for Time.
You know, that thing none of us ever seem to have enough of–and in those rare weeks or months when we do we squander much of it, ingesting brain-numbing media rather than creating our own thought provoking stories. We spend an hour on Facebook, an hour on Twitter, an hour checking our email and we wonder where our days disappear to. Most of us don’t even track our time outside of actual work hours, and those of us who are self employed sometimes forget to do even that properly(I myself rarely count blogging time, even though the blog is the machine which gets me the jobs).
My relationship with time is a tenuous one at best. I struggle with depression and in the bad times I alternate between being completely unproductive and spending long days working at my desk. In the weeks when paid work is light I know I should spend more time on my novels but I often find myself staring at social media screens instead, guiltily closing the window when I realize it’s been almost forty-five minutes and I haven’t even found anything useful to share.
Lately time has disappeared in a blur of creative projects that seem to be multiplying every time I think I’ve got a handle on them(much like the number of POV characters in the book I’m writing right now). I can’t say I’ve done anything exciting to the non-writer–all my projects are things that will not see the light of day for many months to come, some potentially for many years to come–but I’ve got a plethora of stories simmering in my brain, patiently waiting until I have the time to type them out. And believe me, no amount of time is ever enough time.
How do you manage your time? Do you struggle to create time for all your creative endeavors? Let me know about it in the comments section below!