What strategies worked best for being effective with your time?
Making a schedule. Every morning I sit down to write. Well, that's the plan. I do sit down every morning, computer on, tea by my side, and open my text editor. I tend to do the vast majority of my writing in the morning before lunch, though in November I stretched that into the afternoon due to the nature of the marathon. Nighttime, after dinner, is my play time. When I've got my work done, I'm free to relax and play on the computer until bedtime.