Marji Laine

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Time Management


Tuesdays are always my day for posting the A2Z article from Patty Wysong’s Blog Meme. Usually I take care of it over the weekend, but Friday I wrote like a mad lady. Saturday we cleaned and moved furniture – fun, but bumped my blogging again. And then Sunday, as I wrote yet another section of my WIP I thought, “I’ve got tomorrow. No worries.”

Um. It’s now 12:56 AM on Tuesday morning. The sky is a lovely shade of black and even the dogs are silent.

Yeah. What is it that Paul said? “Not that I’ve achieved it or have already been made perfect …” I’m so there when it comes to time management. For all of my planning and organizing, I fail at time management.

No really. I plan out my writing, my social media, my exercise, my house chores, even my meals, but do I follow my plan? Well …

Let’s just say follow through isn’t my strong suit and leave it at that. No, wait, that’s not entirely true. I’m great at following through on the things I love to do. Writing, Social media, transporting kids to and fro and organizing activities for them.

It’s the routine stuff I struggle with. Exercise. I swear I can’t even spell that word.


(I think it’s a Freudian reaction!) Bible study. Going to bed at a decent hour and … ugh … getting up!

And when I don’t get up, get moving, and spend time with my Lord, the day plops on top of me like a heavy quilt in the middle of August. Hence my pre-dawn blogging.

Yes, aside from my Bible Study (I’m loving working with GMG!) today was one of those days – wait that was yesterday. I’m hoping for better when I get to tomorrow – er – today.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

8 thoughts on “Time Management

  1. Time management…priorities….Yup. That’s what I’m working on this summer. It’s so NOT easy!!

    Miss you!!


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  3. Except for the staying up to the wee hours of the morning thing, I’m right there with you. I have such good intentions – then somehow it’s bed time again and my intentions roll over to the next day, and the next and the next.


    • I’m having to concentrate on the little successes. Celebrating every check mark. Even stupid things like getting the mail, and sorting it, before noon! Woohoo!


  4. Oh, if I had all the money I’ve wasted on planners… well, I could buy me something really good. Like an ice cream sundae or a book, so something.
    Marji, I’ve been reduced to simply getting up in the morning (a major task in itself) and asking God, “Well? Now what?” And then doing what comes to mind. When I finish that, it’s generally, “Can I have that Starbucks break now? or is there something else I need to do?”

    I get Starbucks every once in awhile.


    • Hahahahaha! I love your creativity! I don’t think I’ve ever asked if I could have a Starbucks break. But I might think about it. Especially if I can start getting the gumption up earlier. Don’t wanna spend my summer sleeping in!


  5. Misery loves company….I’m right there with you! I get bogged down in some things much longer than I should and keep pushing other things to the bottom of the to-do list. It’s never-ending. But I”m glad I’m not alone! Keep following through and try to sleep tonight!