Thursday Tip ~ Stop Time Takers


 

 “Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.” –                                         ~ Stephen King
 

MMmmhh time for confessions.

I am hard at work on my final and third draft of my WIP – Betwixt & Between….but…

I have also been distracted lately by creating a new Author Website, which you can view here, a new Poetry Portfolio, view here, and a promotional video for my WIP – Betwixt & Between.

One of my lovely CPs put me onto an amazing video slide show creator that allowed me to create my promotional video for Betwixt & Between.

Here is the video I created for my current WIP – Betwixt & Between.

Betwixt. (Animoto site)

Betwixt & Between (Video on my Author Website)

Do you find that sometimes you can be caught up in a lot of behind the “writing” tasks that can get in the way of your writing? Are these the ultimate procrastination tools or necessary to promoting your WIP or building your online presence?

I admit I am guilty of loving anything that allows me to be creative: whether this be Website Design / Video Creation / Poetry Creation/Blogging/Writers Groups/Social Networking. But sometimes I have to insert a large 

Stop in the name of your WIP

So as much as I love these Time Takers….alas I must return to my WIP.

So these Time Takers are being put aside for a moment. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t see these tasks that have distracted me as “bad” but the key word here is “distracting”. So it is Time to get back to my WIP…

So how do I plan on getting back to focusing on the WIP. Yes I could unplug the internet but if you don’t have that option?

I use a great program called OmmWriter Dana 11 brought to you by the team at OmmWriter. This is an amazing frills free/distraction free writing program that allows you to switch off from the worldwideweb for a moment and inspires creativity. I have done a complete review on this program here.

Another tool I use is Focus Booster. This is a simple timer that you can download and place on your desktop to boost your focus while working. This is a great tool if you fear large chunks of time but want a way to have creative spurts in manageable bites of time. This is also a great tool for Word Wars.

What are your Time Takers?

– Kim

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14 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great links, Kim. Will check them out. I get distracted very often by the net. And then I realize, OMG, half an hour has passed and I plunge back into my WIP.

  2. If you haven’t tried rescue time yet its pretty cool. Sometime it can be hard to stay on track especially when you don’t want to piss off the muse either. You can’t exactly tell creative inspiration you’re busy. It really doesn’t care.

    Facebook and email have to my biggest vices.

    • So true Peter…Not a good idea to piss off the Muse….facebook can be a huge Time Taker… I try to give 1 hour writing for 1/2 an hour of facebook that way my writing still gets the major focus but I also get my FB fix. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. my kids! lol no wait, I think my writing is a time taker from them? lol it’s all about finding a happy balance. I’ve learned to be pretty good about my time, though when I am wasting it, I know I’m wasting it and refuse to feel guilty – occasionally, we need a break 😉

    • Hi Cass! Yes people can take time…families even more…Sometimes I wish I had 2 of me. One solely for writing and one for everything else. Alas that won’t be happening in the near future. So for now it is about prioritising time to fit everything in. The best advice I ever heard was that writing should be treated like a job and not a hobby. That way you will respect the time you give to it and so will those people around you. Thanks for popping in and commenting. 🙂

  4. I love the video!! The music is very cool 🙂

    Also, *love* the new author site!!

    One thing, though–I’d recommend reducing the font size on the main descriptive text

    • Thanks Alexander. The site’s font has been a difficult one. I have a mac but it seems what looks fine on my screen look strange on a pc screen. Thought it looked big on my screen but my friend on a pc sceen said the font was too small…the whole world needs to switch to mac LOL 🙂

  5. I appreciate the links to the tools, Kim. I am often sidetracked by my own ideas. I have found that by allowing myself time to read for pleasure and play little games on facebook, I am able to focus better when I have told myself it is time. I am not where I want to be, but I am learning more about how my own mind works.

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