Monday, December 10, 2012

Multi-tasking like a pro! A guest post by Samantha March

For those of you that haven't met her yet, let me introduce you to one of the busiest ladies you will ever meet, Samantha March.  In addition to running the successful Chick Lit Plus (both the challenges and the blog tour site) and her own publishing company, Marching Ink, plus being a successful author herself, Samantha is planning out her wedding, finding time to read and write reviews on a constant basis, and even had a marathon planned in there.  She exhausts me just thinking about her day!  I asked Samantha if she would stop by and share how she manages to get everything done in such a timely manner.

I get asked a lot about juggling my time or I fit everything in. I do work full-time in addition to my responsibilities  for Chick Lit Plus, CLP Blog Tours, and Marching Ink, and then I like to always be working on my next published title as well. And now I have one more task to add to my planner – getting married! My wedding is scheduled for September 7, 2013, and I have been full-steam ahead on those plans since the ring got on my finger. Sometimes I question how I fit everything in. I won’t lie – I work long hours. On average, it is about 15 hours a day. The weekends I usually don’t work as long, but I don’t get days off. I think one really easy reason to how I fit everything in is simply because it’s my passion. I love what I do, and I rarely feel like I am working. If I didn’t enjoy this, why would I work the long hours? So I consider myself lucky in that regard. It might have taken me a bit, but I finally got it figured out, and I can definitely see myself doing what I do for a long, long time.
Another reason why I think I can fit everything in is because I know when to give myself breaks. I listen closely to my body and what it tells me. I don’t feel that I over extend myself when it comes to my work, because that is simply not good for you and people can easily become burned out quickly by doing this. I know my limits, I know I need sleep, and I know I need time away from office to be a twenty-five year old woman with my friends and family. And I always love a good manicure!
The third reason I’ll list is simply good time management and organizational skills. I always keep to-do lists and my calendar is very organized, never letting me miss a deadline. I can tell myself that for one hour I will only write – and that means no TV, no Facebook, no emails. I can tell myself that for 30 minutes I will read and only read. I really am not sure where these skills come from, but I’m happy I have them. I think a lot of it is simply self-motivation, something every good entrepreneur needs!
Speaking of which, I now have to dash – off to make more wedding phone calls about our dinner menu :)

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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