The recurring theme in my life the past week has been time. We all get 24 hours in a day. I wanted to be sure that I am getting them most out of mine. I went to the office supply store and purchased a day planner and I started budgeting all of my time. I scheduled my writing time as well as my fun time. I noticed an interesting thing happened after I laid it all out in black and white. I started using my time differently. If I had a free hour that wasn’t filled in, I started thinking about the best and most efficient way to spend that hour. Now instead of taking the kids home to grab a quick lunch before heading off on our next excursion, I will take them to a restaurant and have a decent meal and enjoy myself instead of wasting most of it on travel time. I have been more productive with my writing as well. If you have it written down that you are going to write at a certain time, then you feel more obligated to sit down and do it. You are holding yourself accountable to getting it done. If things get crazy and I don’t end up using my time the way I had planned, I don’t beat myself up about it too much though. I think of it as a useful guide. Its a tool to get the most out of my life, not a set in stone ball and chain kind of thing. You don’t want to drive yourself crazy with it. It has definitely been enlightening for me. I would recommend trying it. See for yourself if you don’t see your life differently when it is all laid out on paper before you. Until next week, happy writing!