Wednesday, February 25, 2009

So, anyway........

...........I'm gettin' up at 8:00am, Folks. Which - if you know me, at all - means I'm thoroughly useless for the next few hours because my eyes don't really work until 11:00. My brain doesn't kick in for another hour or so, after that.

I've arranged my new schedule to take advantage of what I like to call My Stupid Part of the Day.

That means that I start off with a workout, follow up with a nice, hot bath and then do some housework. I'm trying to restrict the housework to 1/2 hr, in the mornings, so that I have a short burst of focused activity and I avoid spending an entire day cleaning out a single drawer. I'm allowing myself 5 minutes per task. That's it. No dawdling. That means that I only hit six things a day but that's better than only-sort-of-doing one and have it sort of creep into my entire day.

Once the housework is done, I have about an hour and a half to do something creative - like sew. This week, I'm working on a wool cape, from a vintage pattern. I bought the fabric a year ago. In two days, I have managed to get the fabric cut out and the pieces marked. Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot but it certainly is more than I managed to get done on the project in the past year. So, I'm content.

Afternoons are spend working. Right now, that means finishing up grad school all compiling my writing. After I get my degree, I will have that time available to get back into the Studio. There's even time for my writing and I still have my evenings to watch TV, cook dinner with TonyP and make it to the gym, a few times a week.

It's Wednesday of the first week on the new schedule and I'm already tired. But, I have a lot of work to show for it.

The most important aspect of this plan is that it takes advantage of my daily peaks and valleys in such a way that I am free to concentrate on the task at hand - rather than being distracted, unfocused and frustrated with lack of progress.

The best thing about the new schedule is that it starts each day by putting myself first and nurturing myself -

- kinda like a "spiritual breakfast"!

Monday, February 23, 2009

(yet another) New Schedule!

I have a problem with schedules.

I really enjoy coming up with them but I'm not particularly good at sticking to them.

Fact is, a lot of the things that I have to do require creativity and that can be sort of difficult to schedule. The Creativity Well tends to be either full to overflowing or dry and dusty.

There's also the stuff that I need to do for grad school and that requires a degree of concentration that I simply can't attain before around 2:00 pm.

Of course, there's the housework. Don't need any brain cells for that. Can be done while thinking about something else. Quite. Easily. But it does tend to take rather a lot of my time. And I really do hate housework o-so-very-much.

That doesn't leave a whole lot of time for fun or spending time with TonyP. Or getting out, during the day.

And it certainly doesn't leave much time for nurturing myself - a situation that can have all sorts of negative repercussions.

So, I'm embarking on (yet another) revision of my daily schedule.

I'm not sure just how this one will work out but the interesting thing about this schedule is that I'm starting out the day by taking care of myself.