PBW’s talking about time management via limiting internet time. Never mind that I choked at the part where she said she unplugged from the internet for a year. *whimpers*
And in her comments, Zornhau mentions an article by Jennifer Crusie (if I admit now that I’ve never read any of her books, will you all yell at me, like when I admitted to Larissa the other day that I’d never seen Buffy or Angel?) Anyway, this paragraph struck home:
“Protect the work,” my famous friend told me. “Get a life,” I told people in that earlier column. But what we really have to do is learn to tell ourselves those things. If we can figure out what’s important to us as individuals, if we can isolate the things we must cling to no matter what, and if we can reject all the noise and the garbage that try to bury those things, we won’t have to worry about getting lives. We’ll have them.
Anyway, in honor of timers, here’s a link Maili sent out a while ago, that lists free timer dowloads. I use the one called mintimer. It’s small and easy to use, and when I used it faithfully a few months back, I was more productive. Now it’s time to pull it back out and get to work and try to organize my afternoons better.
In fact, in the beginning when I used mintimer, I used it in reverse of what PBW talks about – she sets her timer for ten minutes of internet surfing at a time and I set mine for half hours of writing at a time. I was amazed at how much I could get done in thirty minutes, and how, after I’d gotten that first spurt of writing under my belt, I didn’t want to stop.