Like a lot of people who are self-employed and work from home, I struggle with time management. If I ran my own, say, comic book store that would be less of a problem: I’d have set hours I had to be there, with time for the commute, certain days new stock came in, etc. I’d also go out of business in two months, because I’d only stock indie comics no one ever heard of and wonder aloud why my customers didn’t just buy straight from the creators on the internet. So it’s just as well I don’t own a comic shop.
When one is a self-employed creative, however, there’s very little in the way of outside structure. I set my own deadlines, and if I decide to spend all day knitting blankets out of cat hair, or eating pie, or sleeping on the couch, no one is here to tell me otherwise. Which is why I have put my faith in office supplies as the key to my success.
I am deeply convinced that if I can only find the right combination of office supplies, I will suddenly turn into Super Author, writing 10,000 words a day seven days a week, sailing smoothly along with no sign of burn out in sight because it isn’t on the schedule. That desk calendar didn’t do it, but this one might! Maybe I just need an entire rainbow of post-it notes! A wall calendar to map out my entire year ahead of time! A white board to list deadlines! Folders to put project notes in!
So far, none of them have yet turned me into a super-productive author who also has a spotless house, well-behaved cats, and cooks every meal from scratch. But never fear: I’m going to an office supply place this afternoon to pick out a new desk calendar.
This is the one that will do it. I just know it.