Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time Management by Terri Weldon

Lately it seems like I can’t get anything done in a timely manner. I’m either the most disorganized person on earth or I have too much to do. I was leaning toward winning the most disorganized award when a new thought popped into my mind. Perhaps it was a combination of the two. A new hybrid. J

My organizational skills are lacking and I’ve started working on those. I have goals, I have actual deadlines, and I have commitments such as this blog. I make it a priority to work on those items. But then sometimes I look at all the things I’m involved in, both writing and non-writing, and wonder how I ever thought I could accomplish everything and work a demanding full-time day job.

So I’m being more deliberate on what I’ll commit to. About this time my sister, who happens to be my greatest encourager, is probably rolling on the floor laughing. Maybe a more accurate statement would be I’m attempting to be more deliberate on what I commit to.

As tempting as it is I can’t say yes to every writing project that comes along. I have to pick which projects mean the most to me, which ones will advance my career, and most importantly which ones God wants me to focus on.

I find it hard to say no. I love to do things with friends and family. I love to shop and garden. I love to read and watch movies. I love to spend time with my puppies. I love to travel and go to the theater. I love to write and have lunches with writing friends. The list is endless, but I’ll tell you what I’ve learned – I can’t do it all. I have to pick what is most important to me and then as hard as it can be, walk away from the rest.

My journey is just beginning and I know it may be a painful one, but I’m forging ahead one day at a time. What about you? What keeps you focused? How do you say no or know when to say no? I’d love to hear from you.
The Christmas Bride Wore Boots - Berryhill Brides Book One

Pastor Jacob Thompson is in need of a director for the living nativity program and veterinarian Molly Kincaid offers to take on the job. The task involves far more than Molly bargained for, nonetheless she’d do anything to help out the man she secretly loves – even sew costumes or cast eight-year-old Wesley Simpson as an angel.
Jacob’s daughter Emma longs to have a mommy of her own, but the widowed pastor has vowed to never remarry, and isn’t ready to open his heart to love again. Molly dreams of filling the void in both their lives, but fears she lacks the necessary qualities to be a pastor’s wife.
As Molly and Jacob work together on the living nativity, their feelings for one another grow. Will Molly realize she is just what Jacob and Emma need in their lives? Can Jacob be released from his grief stricken promise? Could this unlikely duo prove to be a match made in heaven?

Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. She is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Terri is the award winning author of The Christmas Bride Wore Boots.

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  1. The word, Focus, is my One Word for this year and I'm still having trouble with it! My biggest tip is to submit every moment to God by keeping that conversation with Him open all day. If I don't give every moment to Him, then I'm down a side path or following a rabbit trail.

    Love this post, Terri! (Needed another reminder!!)

    1. Focus - I like that word, Angie. It is a constant battle for me. This post is for me as much as anyone! Excellent tip on submitting every moment to God.

  2. Hi Terri! What a wonderful post. I suffer from the same problem - too many fun things to do and see and too little time. Blessings and prayers that the rest of 2017 will find you focused on what is most important to you.

    1. Loves to Read - it sounds like we both suffer from liking to do too many things!

      Thanks for the prayers. I'm working hard to stay focused.

  3. Terri, this is a great post! What I've learned about myself is that if I take on too many things in a day, week or month, I easily become overwhelmed. So like you I'm learning to say no. As for the things I do take on, I limit how many I will be able to commit to per week. This works for blog posts, books I review and freelance assignments. Surprisingly, it seems to work in life too. But I do hit a bump here and there so I'm continually learning and tweaking. Great post :)

  4. Thanks Christina, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I think bumps are inevitable. I think you are so right about the continual tweakeing. I definitely need that.

  5. Wow! Can I relate! I'm very organized, but I too often feel overwhelmed because I take on too much. Not enough hours in the day!!! I'm trying to work on eliminating some things, but it's so hard! And those lunch dates are important if we're to keep our friendships intact. Can't have friends without being one. ;-) When it comes to priorities - I try to put people and relationships ahead of work.

  6. Dawn, relationships are so important. My writing friends have had to pick me up off the floor more than once. Hope I do as much for them.

    Saying no is tough but hopefully I'm getting
    better at it


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