Stuck in a rut on the way to Camp NaNo

Ever had a week where it’s been almost impossible to write, no matter how hard you try?

It’s not that you don’t want to write, it’s just that things keep coming up that HAVE to be taken care of right away (like paying the rent, the electric bill, etc), or someone needs help, and by the time you have a moment to sit down and write, you’re much too tired?

That has been my week.

I’ve been able to write one article this week so far.  I wanted to write six this week.  However, since I didn’t get them done on the days I was off (off being a relative term here), it’s probably not going to happen.  Unless I turn into a really speedy typist today . . .

It seems like I hit these ruts every 4-6 weeks.  My time management skills are practically non-existent, and my physical organization skills have been neglected the past month or so.

Camp NaNo starts tomorrow.

My house needs cleaning.  Laundry needs folding.  The cat box REALLY needs cleaning.  The master bathroom is a federal disaster area.  The cat is needy – she thinks she’s going to die if she isn’t played with every hour for 30 minutes.  And somewhere in this home is a mail-in rebate form for $160 back on the new tires we just had to get.  I need to find that ASAP.

In light of this, I’ve decided to be a Camp NaNo Rebel – for the first time ever, I’m not going to write fiction for a NaNo event.  July’s Camp NaNo will be me trying to write 50,000 words of articles and blog posts, so that I can have a back log to pull from in October-November-December because those promise to be the three busiest months of my life this year, both on the personal side and the writing side.

Did I mention I’m going to my first writing conference in a couple months?  I’m so excited!  But that means I need to finish editing and revising Weeping Willow so that I can enter the contest there that I want to . . . Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

So what are your time management tips?  I desperately need some help!