Working on Not Working

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For starters, life gets in the way. At least that’s the excuse I’m going with. It’s so easy to sit back and say “I work 50 hours a week, when am I supposed to find time to send out query letters and submissions?” Yea so that’s the excuse I’m sticking with. I know. I know I sit around for about 6 hours after I get home from work doing next to nothing socializing with friends online. But I’ve come to realize, I kind of need that. It’s an important part of my routine. Thought possibly to much of a good thing. So somewhere I need to find a balance.

I think I worry that if I disappear for a day or two, internet friend (clearly having ADHD) will move on to other people. I know this is not the case. I’ve been gone before. So it’s just some combination of excuse and lethargy.

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I have my research, my 5 magazines I looked up earlier in the week. Just gotta put it out there. I feel like I need a better system. I way of organizing things that also acts to motivate me. Something physical, visual and ever present – not just some spread sheet on the computer.Speaking of which, I have no idea where my spreadsheet is. I should find that, I’m sure it made it to this computer.

Well I spent ten minutes looking around, I don’t see it. It’s probably on the external drive at home. But honestly it never did much to motivate me.

Anyone out there have a sample of their submissions in the form of a spreadsheet, chart or other format?

So I guess it’s time to really look at what’s a valid excuse and what’s just waisted time. Hell I’m pulling off these blogs from work itself, so who knows maybe I can send out submissions as well.

Tonight when I get home I’ll pull out the binder of poems for submissions. Gonna start cleaning up the apartment, by the time Tony moves out it should be cleanish again. I should be able to pull of sending out one submission a night. Hell I’ve got enough material to pull that off for at least a few weeks straight.

Starting February that’s my goal. But for now I just want to get organized, that’s never been my strong point. I need lessons.


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