Sunday, 16 January 2011
Buying some time
I recently bought some time. It was quite expensive and had to come out of my annual salary but it was well worth it.
I chose this picture because I felt like my writing time was a bit like a jigsaw. I was trying to find bits of time to write and of course it eventually comes together (this clock really does work) but I felt like I needed larger chunks to get on with major writing projects.
With all the bad weather recently and snow that refused to leave parts of South Shropshire, I was finding it a struggle to get into work on time and wanted to leave early. I applied to reduce my hours on a temporary basis until the nights get longer. They agreed and so when I started back after Christmas, instead of feeling the usual weekday blues, I felt great knowing that I would be getting home early. I wanted to really use the time effectively so when I get home at 4.00 pm I can write for and hour and a half and still have time for the usual routine of sorting my animals and cooking tea.
Last week I managed to clock up a total of 8 hours on my non-fiction book. That is like a whole working day that I spent completely on my project which is now almost ready to submit. I hope to send it out into the world by the end of January.
I realise this extra time will be short lived as I return to my full time hours in March but until then I intend to get my money's worth with my new purchase and hope that it will pay off in the long term.