People ask me how do I manage to stay ahead of my schedule. I usually answer very confidently it is a matter of scheduling. Generally, I figure out what I need to get done, schedule it, and then do it.
Lately, I’ve not been as good at this. I’ve been getting distracted by things not on my schedule. This is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Here it is Sunday and I should have all my homework done. I don’t. I have several pages to read yet. I likely won’t get to them. This means the reading flows into my school week. It is difficult for me to do homework during the week as I’m usually freaking exhausted after working and school. If I don’t get the reading done then it will be next weekend. This is of course a cascading problem because next weekend I have all this other reading to do.
My distraction this week is editing. I got a wonderful story from a friend and edited it. He says he has 22 chapters and by the time I was done reading the prologue I just wanted the rest of it. I also have been working on editing my own book. I’m nearing the end of the first rounds of edits and am annoyed I was too tired to do more last night at midnight.
My office is still a mess. I don’t care so long as I can edit. I am not any more organized than I was prior to the semester starting. Mostly, I don’t care so long as I can edit.
I may be a bit obsessed with editing right now. It may be time to give myself a good kick in the bum and get back on schedule. Or I may just need to finish the edits on the first manuscript in my series. Ironically I’m dreaming about the story again. It is stuck in my head and I just want to work on it and move forward – everything else be damned.