Thursday, August 02, 2007

Schedules

This is the first day I've worked to a new schedule in an attempt not to fall too far behind on anything again. I have a fancy little list, with seven or eight things written out for every single day of the week. Some of them are normal things like write, picture a day, and walk. I won't forget the first, and I've only been late on the second a couple times... but walk gets lost, and it's plainly what I need to do the most. So on the list it goes, with a little spot for a check mark next to it.

I have one room a day slated to be cleaned. I have things like FM, DTF, DAZ all set up for one or two times a week to specifically work on them... not that I won't work on them other days as well, but those are for the things that I keep putting off for lack of time, like the FM FAQ.

There are a few other things on the list that are fun, though. Zoo pictures, Painter work (like the picture there -- a painting of the sunset tonight. I think it came out very nicely!), and Blog updates -- which is why I'm doing this right now. It's the last thing on my list for today, and I'll have done all eight items. I could have cleaned the living room better, but at least it's a start! And I didn't add enough to my personal website, which is about to undergo a huge change, but at least it's something.

Otherwise I stay here at this little computer for far too long.

The new job is still taking a lot of my time, but I've enjoyed it so far. And having this schedule so I don't forget the other work will help.

My writing count is coming back up again, finally. I'm working on a nice little YA science fiction story that I don't think will go more than another two or three thousand words, so I should be done with it soon. Then I'm going to get back to some of the serious work, like A Plague of Rats. I'm looking forward to it! And I want to go back to work on the notes for Draw the Line, that science fiction story I had started getting ideas for before the DAZ job hit and everything escaped my brain for a couple weeks.

But things are looking good right now.

At least if I can keep to my schedule.
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2 comments:

cherylp said...

A schedule makes sense, given that much of what you're doing is job-related. Whether it's fun or not is immaterial! It wasn't until I set up a list of things to accomplish at work (I make a list for each day) that I experienced some real peace and relief from stress. If it's on my list, it's on my radar--I'm no longer afraid I'll forget to do it; no longer afraid it'll fall by the wayside. I've accomplished more in the past six months than the six months preceding--and I didn't worry all the time that I wasn't get anything done. What you're getting done is right there in black and white--and you can no longer tell yourself you're not getting anything done--or fool yourself when you're putting something off because you don't want to do it! (grin)

Valerie Comer said...

Hey, Zette? Have you checked out http://www.flylady.net? You may find her approach to keeping up on housework to be a help. I know I have.