Since I work out of my house, I like to break my day into three parts:
I consign writing jobs to each portion of the day, stopping for lunch and dinner. Often, those three portions will be 1) freelance writing, 2) WIP, and 3) research.
- a weekly article for an edtech ezine, TeachHUB
- a monthly article for my collaborative writing group, Today’s Author
- a monthly article for #IWSG–the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- ongoing work toward the sequel to To Hunt a Sub, named Twenty-four Days, due out next summer
- ongoing work on the first book in a different series I’m working on about the life of earliest man. This book is called Lucy: Story of Man, due out the summer of 2018. Right now, my critique group is helping me with that, one submittal at a time
- 3-5 posts on my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- reviews on books I get from NetGalley and Amazon Vine
- prepare for an upcoming online class, The Tech-infused Teacher, which starts Monday
That’s the goal. Here’s what I actually accomplished this week:
- edited and researched Lucy: Story of Man. That has grabbed my passion at the moment, as well as most of my daily morning and afternoon writing time. I’ve learned that when I can’t let go of a book, don’t. Everything else will wait.
- wrote 3-5 posts on each of my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- spent time marketing my debut novel as well as my non-fiction edtech resources.
- thought about the upcoming AtoZ Challenge. Yeah, I know that’s not until April, but if I’m going to do it, I’ll need all 30 posts ready by then. So, this week, I trundled through what a good topic would be. Let’s call this ‘research’ for future writing.
- visited efriends on social media to support them, check in, and learn something new. I use this as breaks in my writing activities. It rejuvenates me to see what the rest of the world is doing.
- attended a webinar in my area of interest, in an effort to keep up to date. This week: Hack the Classroom by Microsoft.
- prepared for my online class
It doesn’t seem like that much when I list it out. Where DOES all my time go? What do you do with your day?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member forJournal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.