Woo hoo! The hubby and kids are out of the house, so I can finally do this without being interrupted over one menial thing or another. The poor hubby has gotten several glares this week. Why? Because it’s the new year and I’m desperately trying to not blow my resolutions within the first two weeks. I’m attempting to keep a log of my time spent on writing, my time spent on my jewelry business, my time spent on reading (which sort of counts with the writing business), time spent exercising, track what I’m eating (Hello, Weight Watchers!), and watch what I’m spending while not harming any family member who derails me from any of the above. Not so easy.
Keeping a log of your time spent on writing and writing-related activites is not just for the OCD among us. One of my writing-related/jewelry-biz-related activities I’m doing this week is taking an online class about taxes for writers which has applications for others who are self employed. The class is free as a perk of my RWA membership, and I’ve learned how important it is to keep a log of these kind of things in the event of an IRS audit. By keeping a log, it helps show that you’re treating your writing as a business versus a hobby. I noticed that same topic came up among my jewelry peeps as well. The log-keeping thing isn’t the only thing I should be doing, but for this disorganized gal, it’s a start. But for someone as flighty as me, it feels like it stifles my freedom.
I also realize the danger of keeping time logs. I discover how long it really takes me to do a task and that gets depressing. I spent 45 minutes in line at the grocery store behind one of those extreme couponers. No joke. I’d already unloaded my cart when the cashier informed me that there were a LOT of coupons. No big deal, I thought. I wasn’t in any rush. Epic fail on my part because I could have loaded and unloaded my cart in at least three other lines during that time. I thought my poor hubby might have sent out a search party. And the worst part of it was right after I alerted the hubby to my situation behind the crazy couponer, my cell phone died! No entertaining myself with Facebook or other phone apps. Oh, the horror of it all. 45 minutes in which I found out how bad off some celebrities are without make-up, that I really cannot afford those fabulous shoes on the cover model of the latest In Style magazine, what Dr. Oz thinks I should avoid in my diet, and countless other ways to shed weight in the new year.
My time log also shows me just how much time I spend in my car. Granted, I also have three kids and the mess in the van is also proof of how much time I spend in there as well, but I don’t think there’s a spot on our tax forms for messy vans.
But for now, I’ve spent my 30 minutes I allowed myself for this blog post (thought it’d only take 15) and am now encroaching on my exercise time (which may encroach on my shower time and so on and so on.) So dear blog readers, tell me what time goblins eat up your “free time”?
I can totally relate to not having any time for ourselves! That’s what I always say. My time is not my own. Oh well, I’d rather have him here…attnys track time in 6 min increments cos thats how they bill clients. Great post. PS What about this jewelry. I’m intrigued! And don’t get me started about wasting time in line beyond someone with coupons!!
don’t have my reading glasses on…BEHIND
I’m pretty sure most attorneys would shake their heads if they saw my current method of tracking time. (There are several Post-it notes all around my computer.) As for the jewelry, email me at mickigibson at gmail dot com for more info. (I never know if this cuts down on those pesky spammers.) It’s direct sales. I get paid to play in jewelry and eat brownies. 🙂
GIRL!!! I’m exhausted just reading all this. Good luck sticking to this logging time stuff. Cripes. I’d be insane with that. LOL!
“Sticking to this logging time stuff.” LOL. I am LITERALLY sticking to this because it’s getting logged on Post-it notes! There’s one on my left elbow that doesn’t want to stay on the computer where I put it! Ooops, wait. It floated to the floor now. 🙂
Hahahaha hahahaha. Even the sticky doesn’t want to stick around and log that stuff. Lol
love the comments about the grocery tabloids. Saw some this afternoon that really drew my attention.
It’s a shame to be w/o a powered-up phone for 45 mins. Maybe you should take along one of those old-fashioned paperbacks in your purse … for any future emergencies. ha
I’m afraid they’d think I stole the paperbacks from their small selection in the store. I wish they had the old TV Guides. I could handle the crossword puzzle in those. 🙂
Time;I’m trying to keep track myself and find more time,MAKE more time for writing but I have allowed my family top priority, which means that in the last two days I had last-minute school pick-ups…talk about a time killer! At least the kids are old enough now to not need my constant attention…but creatively write? Not much of that happening! I find trying to budget time only slightly easier than trying to budget money…there is no way I can determine how much I am going to spend at any given time…when I find a sale on something I use,I grab it and to heck with the budget.Then I have what I need or want and don’t have to spend full price later.(And more often then not,I wouldn’t be able to, anyway.)And today? Planned to get many things accomplished but a way-too-early wake up followed by not-gettin-back-to-sleep, followedby nighmare, meant a later than planned sleep-in, followed by can-you-get-the-girls-and-keep-them.
Another time-consumer is dealing with blogs that I use to ‘network’ for my food/entertaining blog.I DO enjoy many of the recipes and all of the people , but gee, it takes time to just check in, and I am so behind. And then the people I really enjoy,(and do for sheer fun), like Jillian’s and Shell’s blogs, get kind of lost in the deluge in my inbox..But I have decided to allow myself the pleasure of grabbing that type of ‘gal-pal’ time.
See you soon!
And, yeah, Micki, good luck with all that!
Oh yes, I know what you mean about all the blogs. With so many writing friends, there is no way I can visit them all consistently, but I try to get by every now and then.
Alas, I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I’d hoped today, but I also didn’t waste as much time either. Even squeezed in that 30 minute walk.