One of the problems I've been having lately is balancing all my various work-related obligations, more and more of which have absolutely nothing to do with putting words on paper in the form of a story.
So I'm going to try a new thing. Which is, more or less--starting tomorrow, between 9 and 1 I will be writing fiction. I will not be answering email, blurbing books, critiquing anything, reading anything, blogging, writing reviews or essays, maintaining message boards or answering comments, working on shared-world stuff, reading slush, editing, or doing anything except drinking tea and telling stories. (I reserve the right to hang out in my online writing group, because with the exception of tanaise, who is The Devil, they can be counted on to keep me on task.)
I am carving out this space in my life to tell stories, dammit, and all this other shit that needs done in any given day can just go hang for four hours. If the world explodes because an email doesn't get answered, well, bill me.
During the rest of my workday, I will do Other Tasks. I will not be required to write, except when the spirit moves me--if I am really inspired, I will not prevent myself from writing. If all my friends are writing, I reserve the right to write socially.
The 9-1 segment may be am or pm. I may timeshift it as necessary given other commitments. I also reserve the right to take days off, something I am notoriously bad at. (Hey, I lasted seven days this time!) I am also not required to write at conventions or workshops, because those are enough work all by themselves.
The other things, which do not involve quite so sustained a frame of attention, can be taken care of while multitasking. Writing really should not.