Can I Find Time to Write?

March 13, 2012

Last night I participated in a time management workshop for artists.*  The last exercise was to fill in the blanks on a weekly planner, hour by hour, day by day for a week.

I started with what I knew for sure:

  • Good Morning America five mornings a week (Monday through Friday) followed by social media (time for e-mails, Facebook, Linked-In, etc.).
  • The Bachelor Monday evenings and Castle.
  • Modern Family Wednesday evenings.
  • The Mentalist Thursday evenings, sometimes.
  • American Idol when I remember and Dancing with the Stars.
  • Evening news beginning as early as 5 p.m. and continuing through 6:30.
  • Later in the evening Nightline, more news, and Jimmy Kimmel.
  • Reading or crossword puzzles before bedtime, bedtime as late as 12:30 p.m. or 1 or 2 a.m.
  • Boyfriend allotted 8-16 hours on some weekends.
  • 8 hours one day a week for shopping with my sister
  • Sunday afternoons for girlfriends or mentoring/consulting.
  • 8-16 hours a week for literary editing (when I have a contract)
  • 30 hours a week for job hunting.  Squeezed into that 30 hours workshops, such as Time Management for Creative People, blogging, etc. to help me become self-employed (i.e. earning a liveable income as writer/teacher/mentor/literary editor) by July (these 30 hours overlap with the morning social media hours, so basically 20 hours or less)!
  • 15-20 hours a week for cooking and eating!
  • 7 hours some weeks for housecleaning
  • -etc., etc., etc.

My “S.M.A.R.T.” goal created for the Time Management for Creative People workshop was to have a draft of my memoir, Love Imagined, to my editor by July and to my publisher by September, yes, of this year, 2012.   I wonder, what do I give up to find time to write?  We were told not to borrow time from evening sleep time.

It will have to be the news, which is probably good.  Perhaps I will not start and end so many days in a funk!

*Time Management for Creative People sponsored by Springboard for the Arts ( and Hennepin County Libraries (

Sherry Quan Lee

About Sherry

Author. Poet. Teacher. Mentor. Chinese/Blackbird.

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