This needs to be my wallpaper.

I started listening to the podcast “Children of Tendu” today. It’s about how to start a career in writing- mostly aimed at television and the entertainment industry and there are about twenty hours of it total. I’m assured that it will “answer all my questions” although, I take this with a sprinkling of salty skepticism.

I have a lot of questions.

I don’t listen to many podcasts. Mostly, this is because I can’t listen to them while doing other things like reading or writing or cutting payroll, and they hardly seem like the right kind of audio to go running to. I have enough trouble setting aside two hours of time to watch a movie, much less twenty hours. And I like reading and writing too much to give up any of the precious free time in which I can be in that creative space.

The solution that I’ve struck upon, is to listen to it while walking that last leg of my commute. It’s about twenty minutes of unstructured time, twice a day, in which I can’t read or write or cut payroll anyway, so why not?

So I think I may have just Leveled Up in creative time management. My commute now serves as:

  • Transportation to gainful employment
  • Forty minutes of creative writing time
  • Twenty minutes of exercise
  • Twenty minutes of career advice
  • Fifteen minutes of social media and/or reading

Twice a day.

Not bad for time that would otherwise be “lost”. I suppose if you have to have a commute, then you might as well make the most of it. I didn’t realize how much I’ve come to rely on these pockets of time for getting things done until I went back to driving every day last week and then spent the weekend struggling to dig my brain out of mothballs.

At any rate, it’s late and the Curmudgeonly Lion is over my shoulder reminding me that a good night’s sleep is also a good use of your time so that’s all for tonight.

*(appropriately, although unrelated, tendu means stretched out or held tautly)

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 24, 2018.

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