Batching Days

Shannon L. Buck livethefreelancelife.comToday I’m taking part in International Batching Day.

Because I have been so busy publishing eBooks as of late, I haven’t gotten to other things on my to-do list. Today is the day I’m catching up on these things, before I begin my tw0-double weekend at the Inn. I like to feel that I’m accomplishing enough in my writing before I go back to work, then I can do smaller writing-related tasks during my downtime at work. I’m lucky enough to have a front desk job, and a boss who lets me write while there – if there is time.

My goals are listed below, and I’m more than half done. This blog post is actually part of my goals list.

Today my goals are to:
~ Write and edit the last of this months blog posts for the fiction blog, and schedule it to post on the correct date. (Done! I published a new story, We Can See You, and this was the last of four posts to introduce it. You can read the first, Published! We Can See You, on my Author Blog.)
~ Plan the details for the photo shoot for the story I am publishing in October, making a list of props I need. (Done!)
~ 3 Blog posts for the freelance blog. (This post is the first one of these. I’ll finish all three, and schedule the last two, before the day is over.)
~ And two sales pages for the freelance blog, for two eBooks I recently published. (Done! The sales pages are scheduled to post here over the next few weeks. They will introduce my new eBooks, Careers for Freelancers and Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future.)

As you can see, I’ve already finished most of what is on my list for today. Yay! Catch-up days help me to feel like I’m accomplishing important things and moving ahead in my writing life. I like that feeling.

I think everyone should schedule these days once-in-a-while, and I’m grateful Melissa Cassera implemented this day and I was able to follow along.

How did I prepare and go about my batching day?

  1. Last night, I wrote down the tasks I wanted to accomplish today.
  2. I set out candles on my desk. One scented candle (mulled cider), and 4 tea lights in candle holders. I love to work with candles lit, and with pleasant aromas surrounding my work space.
  3. I ordered extra Thai food, in the form of Fresh Spring Rolls and Siam Rolls, to have for lunch today. No cooking!
  4. I bought Chai tea and a fancy hot cocoa – treats for my day.
  5. This morning I packed my to-do list, laptop, charger, and favorite pen, and walked to Aroma Joe’s for breakfast. Apple-Cinnamon oatmeal, a health(ier) cookie, and two large mint Iced tea – nothing added. Yum.
  6. While there, I completed the first, second, and half of the fourth, items on my list.
  7. I walked home and lit my candles, and finished the fourth item.
  8. Leftovers for lunch were delicious and, after finishing this blog, I’ll be enjoying my hot cocoa while taking a short break.

Then I’ll write my last two blog posts, scheduling them to post here in October, and enjoy some Chai tea after dinner while relaxing with a horror movie.

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.