EMEPiper Ep 7: I’m Not Actually a Multitasker

Piper and food and writing

I’ve got a lot to accomplish by the end of the year. Some days, it seems like I won’t get it all done unless I do some things simultaneously in order to have massively productive weekends.

But in reality, multi-tasking might not be the best idea.

So I’m talking about how I do get things done, when it isn’t the best idea to multi-task and when I actually do multi-task.

Highlights

  • A theoretical
  • I’m not a multi-tasker
  • Why it’s not actually good to be a multi-tasker
  • Why it looks like I’m multi-tasking
  • What I’m actually doing
  • When I actually do multi-task
  • Kanban and Trello

Shout-outs

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EMEPiper Ep 6: When There are Too Many Things

Piper J Drake sideways

Even when you know how to manage your time, life can happen and things can get in the way. This year I had a whole lot of life going on behind the scenes. Before I could course correct, I was way off track.

This is my confession and what I plan to do to get back to where I need to be.

Highlights:

  • Piper’s Confession
  • The Plan to get back on track
  • Trying something completely new – hypnotherapy?

Shout-outs

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EMEPiper Ep 5: Time Management at Events Part 2

WXR16

There’s a lot to cover when it comes to managing your time at conventions, which is why this is part 2 of time management at events.

For me, managing my time at conventions is a survival skill.

 

Highlights

  • My room is my sanctuary
  • Knowing where things are in this place, especially the bathrooms
  • Where to find sustenance
  • Read updated information from the convention
  • Planning in time for 2 unusual things: rest/recharge and unstructured social time
  • Looking back on the biggest events in my year
  • Things I could’ve done better
  • Things I’m doing next year

Shout-outs

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EMEPiper Ep 4: Time Management at Events Part 1

Piper teaching at RT Booklover Convention

Why time management at events? It’s con season and for many, conventions or conferences become a blur of things to do, people to see, and it’s easy to lose the key reasons you attended when overwhelmed by the sheer craziness of it all. I love attending them, learning new things, meeting people, refreshing acquaintances. It can be intimidating and confusing. It can be an onslaught to the senses. And it can be amazing, when I manage my time to make the most of it.

Attending conventions and conferences is costly, both in terms of money invested to go and time taken away from writerly things to be there. In this podcast episode, I talk about how I manage my time to prepare and attend cons to make the best use of both my money invested and my time.

Highlights

  • I’ve got a lot of events in 2016
  • Questions I ask myself before deciding to go
  • Planning ahead: 6 months to a year
  • More Planning ahead: a few months
  • A few weeks in advance: do my clothes fit? Where’s the schedule?
  • I’ve arrived! It starts in the lobby.
  • Set up your room for convenience and comfort

Shout-outs

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EMEPiper Ep 3: Prioritizing and Urgency

in their own worlds

Prioritizing and urgency via deadlines are at the top of my mind as I kick off 2016’s run of #EMEPiper at the changeover from January to February.

Last year was full of deadlines, possibly the most challenging year for writing I’ve ever had. As a result, I’ve got five books releasing this year, as well as two or three short stories as PJ Schnyder.

For the coming year, I’ve got even more planned and I want to manage my time so I can do all the things, enjoying them along the way. There are going to be some tough choices ahead and a lot of prioritization.

Highlights

  • Why is Piper podcasting about time management?
  • Nifty friends with creative ideas, coordinating dates with writerly deadlines
  • Setting daily word count targets to hit the deadline
  • “Word count” and the publishing perspective
  • Rewire the brain: word count target vs. chapter target
  • NaNoWriMo and drafting, not editing
  • On contracts and pitching and writing the next book
  • Importance of deadlines, even self-imposed
  • Word counts and genre
  • Lessons Learned from Writerly Life: Don’t ignore publisher standards for word count
  • Time Management Trick: Plan Your Day and Prioritize the To Do

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.

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