Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3 Tips for Managing Your Time at the Busiest Time of the Year

When I scheduled a Facebook Launch party for my new book, Shock the Clock: Time Management for Writers and Other Creatives, I expected to have fun, give away some prizes, and help people with discoveries I've made about managing time.

What surprised me was the ocean of helpful tips I received from those who attended. Here are 3 of the best Tips for Managing Your Time at the Busiest Time of the Year:

1. Start your day with Jesus. If you give the Lord--who is the reason we celebrate Christmas--the first part of your day by talking to Him and reading His Word--He will help you plan your schedule.

2. Do your most dreaded tasks first, and get them out of the way, to free yourself to focus on creative tasks like writing, baking cookies, or visiting Aunt Martha. Some ways we reward ourselves for nasty tasks accomplished are watching a favorite TV show, doing crafts, and getting a massage.

3. Make lists or use planners--paper or online--to keep on task. When you can see your goals and cross them off or delete them as you go, you gain a sense of satisfaction that is a reward in itself.

If you'd like to see the entire list of tips and comments, please pop over to The Shock the Clock Facebook Launch party and see how we helped each other Manage our time at the busiest time of the year!

What is your biggest time challenge at this busy time of year? What are some ways you've found of solving it? 


  1. There were a lot of great tips! Congratulations on your book! :)

  2. I bribe myself. Bribery always helps. As in, "When I finish this task, I get to check Facebook...and not until then!" I've been bribing myself to get through my work backlog by rewarding myself with a short game of Solitaire on my phone every time I finish a paragraph. The game takes about one minute to three minutes...and I find I rush to write the next paragraph so I can play again. (Plus, I often think about the next paragraph I'm going to write while I'm playing!)

  3. I've never done a facebook launch. Did you feel it was a success? Would you have another one?

    1. Sandra: Yes, I think it was a success based on the number of people who attended and their engagement during the party. I'm not sure I'd do another one. It was a ton of work! We shall see how the sales go; then I can judge more accurately. Thanks for asking! Jen


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