Facebook Rations/ Writing Surplus?

Posted in Writing by Ashley Franklin on November 20, 2015
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So, I realized that I incessantly check Facebook from my phone. I imagine that I waste a huge amount of time doing that, so I’m going to take the app off my phone. I’m probably too lazy to actually type in the url.

If I do just so happen to overcome that hurtle, I’ve decided that I’m going to put myself on a Facebook fast. I’m only going to check it once a day.

I want to see if I am more productive. I can find a million reasons as to why I don’t have enough time to write. This will be one less excuse.

I’m battling my inner procrastinator and excuse-maker.

Why don’t I just stop checking Facebook altogether? Well, I can’t really do that since I’ve joined a few writing groups. I’m not into self-sabotage. I’ve recently realized the importance of being a part of a writing community.

Writing isn’t so lonely after all. In fact, it’s comforting being a part of a group, sharing the same dream. Go figure.





New gigs, being naptastic & time management woes

Posted in Uncategorized by Ashley Franklin on October 27, 2010
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I recently got a gig as a teaching assistant for an online university. I start next month. A couple of weeks ago I signed up for NaNoWriMo. It starts next month. What does this mean? It means that within the next couple of days, I need to come up with schedule. My time management skills are horrific. I know the principles and how they should be executed. Making it happen in real life, however, I haven’t quite gotten (got?- it’s a little early for me, forgive me) that part down. 

There’s a perfect example. I can wake up early. I can stay up super late. My comprehension at these times is pretty sub par though. What’s the point in being up at these time then, huh? I haven’t quite figured out if it’s better to be up super late or early getting a small amount of things done. It usually doesn’t seem worth it, especially if I’m up for a super long time and get like  2 out of 20 things done. I might as well stay asleep until I’m fully functional.

Enter the power of the almighty nap. I was a professional napper in college. Any time. Any place. I could nap with the best of them. Naps even came in handy during grad school. Teaching at 8am and having classes spread throughout the day made a power nap a necessary coping mechanism. Unfortunately, my sleeping pattern is now severely dysfunctional. Since I freelance from home, it’s not too detrimental. If I had a 9 to 5, it would definitely be problematic.

It seems like a big part of my time management woes would be solved if I had a designated sleep and nap time. It’s those sneaky naps that creep up on me while my eyes are scrolling down a page that screw me over. Those are the naps that when I wake up, I realized I never recovered from my last blink or that my eyes never came back up to the top of the next page. Hmmm…I must figure this out in the very near future. Have any time management tips or tricks you could share?