Where does it go?

Yes, I realize I moved and I have a lot to get settled, but it’s beyond frustrating that after a month I’m still not getting the things accomplished that I want to get done. I’ve barely touched my novel, I’ve hardly written any articles, and I have a plethora of things around the house I haven’t finished either.


How do you get your act together when you need to up your productivity?

At least I’ve made time for my stick-shift lessons. 🙂 No one’s guessed where the name Reggie comes from, so keep ’em coming!

UPDATE: I posted this last night and Melissa guessed it! Reggie comes from “regalo”, which means gift. 🙂

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. I feel your pain on the time getting away. I have recently became more productive in writing my memoir but the blog has suffered greatly as a result. Once upon a time I manged to get both done.

    • Travis, I always forget how much time it takes to find a job. I’m currently looking at the website of another place that might have me in for an interview so my entire to-do list gets shoved aside once again.

  2. I have no comments to make on writing productivity neither in a blog sense or a book sense as I’ve done nothing on either. However, I’ve been pretty productive in a few activities that I belong to and at work. It’s all about the lists, date oriented goals and little rewards. Good luck with it!

  3. mary hart

    It is all about priorities. I find that when I look at my to do lists, there are things that can be moved until later or really aren’t all that important. It is so important that you also have down time for yourself too. There will never be enough time in a day to get everything done and I have just come to accept that fact. Seriously Mel, if you don’t update your blog for a day or two, we might wonder what happened, but we will survive! I think you can be to hard on yourself. Chill girlfriend! 🙂 Enjoy the day!

    • I know… I’m thinking that starting next week I’ll go back to three times a week. For awhile there I had nothing to do so it wasn’t a big deal, but not anymore. That car’s not going to drive itself!

  4. I sit around doing nothing for days, then get depressed about my lack of productivity, mope, bitch, moan, then force myself to get crackin’.

    Not a lot of use, eh? 😉


    • Adam, I always accomplish something but when I get frustrated when I don’t get to the things I really want to do. I rarely take an actual day off and do nothing. Maybe if I get a job I’ll do that to celebrate. 🙂

  5. Gary Hooyenga

    Keep a pile with priority items always on top you can always put things on the bottom. Then take the one on top and “get it done” but don’t take after your mom and have too many piles.

    On occasion the bottom half of the pile just needs to be dumped.

  6. Nadine

    I’m a big fan of lists, but I’m also guilty of not getting stuff done. But this week is turning out pretty good though. Last week, not so much, lol.

    • Lists are my friend. I actually forced myself to stop using lists for the grocery store at one point because I was SO reliant on them. I can’t remember why I did that, but I’m back on them again.

      I get into trouble if I forget to transfer something from an old list to the updated one, or if I make a note & it disappears (that happened yesterday).

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