So I’ve been reading The Art of Manliness a lot lately.
And by “a lot lately,” I mean I’ve been following The Art of Manliness on Pinterest and repinning some of their pins and actually reading some of those.
But the ones I’ve read are really, really good. For men and for women. And that’s what brings us here today. It also might serve as an explanation of where I’ve been the past 3 months, in case you were dying to know. (In which case, you’ve come to the right place, because not only will I give you the answer, I will hopefully give you some tips on getting your priorities in line).
It actually started with a post on the Emma Approved blog: “Ask Knightley: Workplace Productivity.”
Here was the question:
“I’d like to up my productivity in the workplace. Tackle the important things instead of just the urgent. How can I do that?”
And “Knightley” answered, linking to this image from The Art of Manliness:
As a designer, I was really tempted to redesign this decision matrix for you with writerly things, but since The Art of Manliness already made an image, and since their post on the subject is already really well written and thorough, I’m going to direct you there. BUT WAIT. Don’t leave yet. Okay, go ahead and go to The Art of Manliness. But then come back here. Because I’ve got some more goodies for you.
Did you read it?
Seriously, though, did you? Because I’m not going to restate the significance and mind-blowingness that is in that post. You have to read it.
Thanks. Now here’s some alliteration, a.k.a.
a mnemonic device
to help you remember what you just read:
Q1: That’s business.
Down below that is Q3: That’s busyness.
Q2 is being. As in…being a better human being in general, or being a better writer specifically.
And Q4 is beguilement, which is a fancier, politer way of saying… it’s BS.
And now for:
to drive the message home and hopefully inspire you.
Quadrant 1: Important and Urgent
Sources: Today’s Work, Progress Not Perfection
Quadrant 2: Important, not Urgent
Sources: Who You Were, Surround Yourself, Reading Fiction, Writer’s Block
Quadrant 3: Not Important, but Urgent
Sources: First Step, Inspire or Drain
Figure out what you can cut from the “busyness” of your life so you can spend more time being a writer. And by being a writer, I mean WRITING.
Quadrant 4: Not Important, Not Urgent
Try to avoid this:
Sources: Tumblr Distraction, Quit Slackin
Decide what, for you, is business, being, busyness, and beguilement.
For me, and probably for you, business is my full-time job.
I’m not a full-time writer, I’m a full-time mom. Sometimes dishes will have to take priority over writing. Le sigh.
Being is writing and reading and doing and living. Writing makes you a writer. Reading like a writer makes you a better writer, so long as you keep writing. Doing and living give you material for writing. Blocked? Read my post on Writer’s Block.
Busyness consists of everything I have to do for other people. As a
n at-home mom, I’m constantly on demand. Blogging falls into this category of Not Important (at least when it comes to getting my novel finished) but Urgent (because I do want to keep updating this blog regularly). What does that mean for the future of this blog? Same as it always has—I do so when I get a chance or when I have a topic I feel strongly enough to spend the time blogging about. I’m all about quality over quantity, which means that I don’t post frequently. Maybe I would if this blog were my job (Q1), but it isn’t.
Remember you can always ask me a writing / editing / grammar question on Twitter or in a comment here on the blog.
I’m on Facebook too, but not as often as Twitter. If you want to lark about during your Q4 time, I’d love to be of assistance. (Sometimes we live tweet movies!)
But then, you know, we should really get back to writing and such.