Where does all my time go?

March 10, 2011 in Blogging, Misc, Novel, On Writing, Study by pacejmiller

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That’s what I would like to know.

About a year ago, my days seemed to stretch on forever. But at least I got lots of work done in the office, or at least it felt like it.

Now that I have all day at home (except when I have to go to class), it feels like I can get nothing done. The days pass by in a flash. I eat breakfast, do a bit of light reading online (or on paper), maybe do a quick blog post, and boom, it’s lunch time. I rest a little after lunch, maybe do a bit more reading or writing, exercise a little, take a shower, and boom again, it’s time for dinner.

I’d be lucky to get about 1000 words done in a day, and not much of it is any good.

Granted, I usually don’t do any more writing after dinner these days unless I have a deadline, whereas when I was working my work hours would usually extend to 8pm, or 10pm, or on occasion, past midnight — but still it’s a very different, and somewhat scary feeling.  It’s as though my life is getting shorter.

Now that class has commenced and I have lots of weekly readings and writings to do (one of my assessments is a major writing project — which will hopefully turn into a novel someday), I actually fear that I won’t have enough time to finish everything! That is just crazy.

Maybe it’s a matter of developing better habits, developing a sense of urgency. After all, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll have this much time once I finish this course — and then I’ll really be stuffed.