Life. Others. Obligations. Shoe boxes. Holidays. The list of excuses goes on and on. At first, they seemed valid. I was leading an in-depth ladies Bible study on top of my regular obligations of preparing for my Sunday school class with elemetary kids, mentoring a local teen, doing paperwork for my husband's club board, and holding down the Mrs fort. And then came OCC!
Operation Christmas Child--the shoe box ministry of Samaritan's Purse--is near and dear to my heart.
That's been over a week. I haven't opened my manuscript.
Sure, Thanksgiving was in there, but Ray and I took a day trip out of town that didn't require any cooking, cleaning, or rearranging of furniture. Black Friday brought another family dinner in another town, to which I only had to bring a sweet potato casserole I prepared that morning. So Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday I had no excuse.
And truthfully, my volunteer work wasn't all-day-long work--so not really an excuse there, either. Nothing I do fills my entire day. I always have free time. But I say things to myself like, "I've only got an hour until I have to leave," and "It's almost time to start dinner, now."
Do you know how many words I could have typed in all those chunks of minutes here and there? Well, I don't know either, but I do know that any amount is a lot more than zero.
While it's true for me that it's hard to just pick up and write without a little refreshing on the previous day's work, why didn't I make notes or worked on some problem areas in those bits of free time? Time Management. I could probably learn a few things about that from author Jody Hedlund.
On these pages, I often promote Jody's books. Her historical novels require much research. Yet, she finds time for a few other things, according to the 'about' tab on her website:
"Together we have five children ranging in ages from a senior in high school down to fourth grade, with a set of twin daughters in the mix to make things more lively. I spend the major part of each day teaching my children at home. And then I spend the major part of each evening running my kids to all of their many and varied activities!"Yes, you read that right. She home-schools five kids! And puts out books at a regular pace.
I am now going to put on my
'cone of shame'
and open that manuscript.
What keeps you from your WIP?
Disclosure: No animals were
harmed in the making of this post.