Here's what I want

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 At 3:07 PM

What I want is 28 hours in a day, instead of 24.  Is that too much to ask?

Seriously, though, I am having a hard time making time for everything I want to do, which has caused a lot of thought on why this is happening and how I can fix it.

The biggest problem is that I've realized I'm not riding enough.  I had this epiphany last Wednesday, when Panama played with — and wore out — two friends in consecutive playdates, and was still fired up after that.  I think that has something to do with why I've been having some problems with him lately, and why I've been falling so much.  I started out the summer riding nearly every day, and he was much better behaved then.

So I need to find a way to make that happen again, except without neglecting my work, as I was then.

This is what I want, but the problem is, I don't know how to make it happen.  I used to go to the barn nearly every day and have time for it, but in the past year or so I've noticed a change in my work habits.  I figure it is taking me about 1.5 times longer (on average) to finish client projects as it used to, so if I don't spend less time at the barn, it means less money earned at the keyboard.

Why the change?  I don't know, but I suspect it may have something to do with Facebook!  That's not the only time waster I've discovered in the past year, though, so perhaps Facebook is the symptom rather than the problem.  Whatever the cause, I'm going to have to figure out how to reclaim some of my lost productivity if I am going to get what I want — more free time — especially with NaNoWriMo coming up!  The first year I did NaNo, it served to increase my productivity — hopefully it will do the same this year, too.

Has anyone else gone through a period where you've lost productivity for whatever reason?  And if so, how did you get it back?

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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