Time Management Without A Magical Device
On June 13, 1980, and interesting little movie called The Girl, The Gold Watch, And Everything debuted. It was based on a book of the same name by John D. MacDonald. The basic plot is a man (Robert Hays) inherits a watch from his uncle. The girl (Pam Dawber) enters his life around the same time and they begin to fall in love. To make things interesting, a gang of criminals keeps trying to steal the watch. [Spoiler Alert] The watch has the ability to stop time for everyone but whoever is holding it. Of course, comedic mayhem ensues. Personally, I can’t think of one writer who wouldn’t love to get his or her hands on such a watch. I want that watch.
As has been painfully obvious over the past several months, time management is not my strong point. I could give you a list showing why my writing has fallen off, but I fear excuses would overshadow reasons. The plain and simple truth is this; I cannot manage my time. Imagine how much writing a person could do with the ability. Truth be told, even with such an ability, I would still end up with nothing but excuses.
Being a lot closer to the kindergartner learning to write his name than William Shakespeare, my main focus is to just write. While the ideal situation is to have a designated writing time, I will take whatever I can get. It is good to want to follow a writing schedule. The key thing to remember is if you can’t stick to such a schedule, don’t give up. If your day only allows you a few minutes here or there, take advantage of it. The main goal is simply to write (I tell myself) whenever, or wherever you can.
There is a small part of me, however, that wouldn’t mind gaining possession of that watch. I would even consider using it to manage my writing schedule.
Just thought I would jot this down.