Monday, March 21, 2011

Growth of Workload

I was tempted to include time management in the title of this post, but I realized that was actually misleading. This isn’t about managing time because I think I’m doing a pretty good job with that considering the amount on my plate. And anyone who knows me understands that I take on more than most people.

I want to talk about workload and how it grows over time once a little success starts creeping in.

A couple of years ago, before I became involved with some of the projects that now keep me busy, I often read posts from authors talking about working into the wee hours and sweating out the last hours of deadlines. And I would think that it really couldn’t be that bad.

I don’t think all authors follow the same path, but I think most end up in the same general vicinity. And I have learned why those authors, many who also work full time jobs, were sweating the deadlines.

When you’re balancing multiple writing and editing projects, blogs, workshops, PR, social networking, and a number of other obligations, time becomes short and the workload grows. Factor in family obligations and the little remaining time evaporates.

Another thing I’ve learned is that once a little success comes along, more seems to follow. And with it the workload increases. Again.

So I am now one of those people sweating out the last minute obligations and deadlines. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy and thankful for each little grain of success that has come my way. I’m not always happy at 1:00 a.m. when I have to get up at 4:45 to get ready for my day job, but I am thankful that I have a reason to be up working at that 1:00 a.m. hour. And I hope that success grows and takes up even more of my time. No one said being a writer would be easy. But it’s worth it.

How about you? Do you see your free time being gobbled up, little by little? Do you think it will get better or worse? Do you have any super management tips or tricks for tracking and completing projects? Have you given up activities and social events to the time suck?


  1. Free time? Uh....I vaguely remember that--LOL. But, like you, I love it so much it's worth all the Tums I have to ingest. Now, if I could just figure out how to ditch this pesky day job and yet still get the salary....

  2. Sad but true . . . I must admist I'm not as efficient as I was when younger. Getting old sucks.

  3. I think what bothers me the most is the not using my time better. I know I have more time than most authors and I still fritter it away.

    I honestly have a real problem with guilt!