Monday, June 13, 2022

Request for a Time Management Intervention

by Donnell Ann Bell 

Well, it’s happened. I survived my sixth book release. I wrote blogs, put out a newsletter, attended Facebook parties, attended a fantastic Zoom presentation with the Corrales Community Library (near Albuquerque), appeared on my local community radio program, worked on my own blog, and made some valuable and very sweet connections by doing so.

In between that, I went to the grocery store, paid bills, changed my sheets, vacuumed, and mopped my tile floor. (I live in a desert. If dust builds up, you may never see me again.) I also had agreed to judge The Colorado Gold, part of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and my deadline came due during this time.

I take contest judging very seriously as I’ve been a contestant and I know what happens on the other side of the spectrum. There is so much hope when aspiring authors submit their entry. Chances are, too, they’re not wealthy, and I want them to get the most for their entry dollar. I finished those entries, and can pretty much guarantee I gave them their money’s worth.

Last night, I joined my husband and watched a beautiful sunset, then as he went off to bed, I snuck back into my office and typed out labels for marketing books to mail, and wrote thank you notes to the very generous experts who advised me on Until Dead, A Cold Case Suspense.

A glorious New Mexico sunsets 

This morning, I’ve thrown in another load of laundry. I’ve still yet to make my bed. Will do so after I finish this blog after which I’ll be out the door to ship them off at the post office. I hope to come home and exercise (I pray last week’s housework counted for something because my formal exercise routine surely escaped me during all of the hustle and bustle). This afternoon I have a dentist appointment and I swear between now and Wednesday I will get a pedicure! 

Some of you may wonder why a woman who no longer works outside the home is trying to cram so much into her schedule. I’m leaving for Colorado this Thursday for a month. This is a welcome respite to visit with my family, play with the grandkids, take my mom to her doctors’ appointments, and of course catch up with her. I’m actually looking forward to my road trip where I can listen to books on audio and just breathe!  My favorite alone time!

For the most part, I have a lovely life and recognize I am so so blessed. I also know there are twenty-four-hours in a day but now the experts are saying in addition to exercise, sleep is critical. My Fitbit now tells me it’s time to go to bed! Sorry to tell you this, Fitbit; I’m a rebel and often am forced to ignore you.

I know/pray my busy season is coming to an end so I can get back to writing. I’m already planning my alone time in Colorado so I can return to my work in progress. Which brings me to the point of this blog: How did I ever work forty hours a week, raise a family, do volunteer activities, and write books?

Finally, now that I look at my calendar, I realize this blog isn’t due until next week. Can you believe it? Doesn’t matter. This baby’s going in.

So I ask you. How are your time management skills? Are you sometimes overwhelmed? Confused what day it is? Please tell me I'm not alone and how you fit everything in!

Donnell Ann Bell is an award-winning author of four bestselling romantic suspense novels and two mainstream taskforce suspense novels. Until Dead, a Cold Case Suspense, was released on May 31, 2022, and she is currently working on Book Three. Readers can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or BookBub. For social media contact or to learn more, find her at




  1. OMG, Donnell, I'm worn our just reading about your whirlwind of activity. Enjoy your time in Colorado. As we say in my family, may you go from strength to strength!

    1. Gay, thank you so much! I just now had time to check in ;)

  2. Donnell, I hope you got that pedicure - that's the one I always cancel when my schedule overwhelms me. I've always needed time management intervention - so this hit the spot!


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