On getting my act together

Time is ticking…gotta makes some moves – Monica

While I usually like to complete tasks basically right away, I also have what I call my “two-week turnaround” time. There are those things that you just don’t feel like doing, like re-caulking the bathroom shower tiles or cleaning out the garage. Or making that phone call to have the furnace fixed or schedule dentist appointments, etc.

Struggle to get moving

Currently, I am struggling with focusing on writing, illustrating and finishing up my third book. Arrggh! There is no absolute deadline, but aiming for sometime this year. There is so little time. So, I am definitely not on a roll. However, it’s super easy once I am on a roll. The ideas for illustration come at super-speed. But sadly, the only time I have to work on my book is before and after office hours at my regular day job. I drop off my kids at school then rush to the office and load up my Adobe Illustrator. So basically, I can work from 9:15am to 10am, then again from 5pm to 5:30pm. Then gotta rush off to make dinner at home.

When I was down to the wire for time for Winter Moose visits Montreal (www.CanadianAdventureBooksbyMonica.com), I had to go into the office at 4am on Saturday and Sunday mornings (before my kids got up) to finalize. No choice when you have the printer pushing for submission.

So you wonder how I have time to blog. Well, again, passion is a driver. It does not take me very long and I love getting things off my chest (like self-therapy) and inspiring/helping people.

Adobe Illustrator

I have mentioned before, but I absolutely love Adobe Illustrator. www.adobe.com. It is so flexible and non-abstract. I am working on a tutorial for beginners to learn some basic techniques in Illustrator. So look out for this incoming posts. I plan to give a demo as I work on my own illustrations for the book. So you will be able to see how I have created my illustrations (almost live).

In thing this called life, we need to figure out how to best manage your time to make every minute count. Food for thought: Time is one thing that we cannot get back. Make the most out of every minute. Cheers!