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Life On The Treadmill
9/13/2011 4:23:47 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

An author trying to economize her daily task list.

Time is a commodity we all seem to be running out of. No matter how much you organize your daily schedule, the tasks to complete far exceed the tasks accomplished.

I write and I work, and unfortunately I have a deep need for reading, a task that all too often falls by the wayside in favor of more pressing matters. Another task (usually the first one scratched off the list when something more pressing like removing my nail polish comes along) is exercise.

I really want to get some exercise in during the day. Seriously, I do. Don't double over in laughter!

When people ask about the merits of e-readers over paperback, one example would be the treadmill. I hop on the treadmill (with slightly more verve than the fellow in this picture), and I set my e-reader down on the stand, and change the font to one inch tall...and I multitask!!!  Reading and exercise. I have multi-tasked! I actually used to attempt this with paperbacks, but I had to hold the book open with one hand while simultaneously running...which is impossible, so perhaps a benefit to paperbacks is that they kept me from jogging. :)

Another gadget I use for saving time is the Roomba. In theory the Roomba is supposed to be vacuuming while I write, but sadly I find myself talking to it. I follow it around the house and critique its performance. I play games of chicken with it and I anger it when I put something in its path to alter its trajectory. Ohhh, Roomba gets so mad! He bounces against it for about five times before finally saying, "Okay, fine, I didn't want to go over there anyway."

My big battle is economizing on cooking time. I want a good meal, but the time to prepare it eludes me. Alas, Roomba can't help with the cooking. :(

Does anyone have any time-saving formulas to share? Please? :)

Maureen Miller

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More Blogs by Maureen A Miller
• HIGH TIDE - Friday, June 28, 2013
• Do You Look At The Stars? - Friday, May 24, 2013
• Science Fiction, Cows, and Romantic Suspense - Saturday, April 27, 2013
• Are You A Movie Crier? - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
• Inventing Worlds - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
• A Funny Thing Happened... - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
• Responsible Writing - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• A Day In The Life Of A Romantic Suspense Heroine - Friday, April 27, 2012
• Golden Heart Suspense - Saturday, April 14, 2012
• Interview With Mitch Hasslet from JUNGLE OF DECEIT - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
• Is It Dangerous Being A Romantic Suspense Author? - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Just Romantic Suspense - Friday, October 28, 2011
• Grandma - Thursday, September 15, 2011
•  Life On The Treadmill - Tuesday, September 13, 2011  
• What do 9/11 and Jungle Of Deceit have in common? - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Haunted Houses - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
• RWA Conference - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
• What If Your Book Became A Movie? - Saturday, June 25, 2011
• Sample Sunday - ENDLESS NIGHT - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
• Thirsty for Knowledge - Saturday, May 21, 2011
• Meteor Strategy - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Excerpt - WIDOW'S TALE - Thursday, April 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Snippet - WIDOW'S TALE - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• BORROWED TIME BLOG - Monday, March 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense in the Adirondacks. - Sunday, February 27, 2011
• WIDOW'S TALE - Snippet - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
• BORROWED TIME - Snippet - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• CONFERENCES - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
• Cliche - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• Blustery Romances - Saturday, December 18, 2010
• If I've done one thing in my life... - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• East or (really West) coast? - Saturday, May 16, 2009
• Good morning, America - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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