Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's About Time

I haven't gotten to the Time Management section of Julie's book yet, but I'm feeling the pressure to do something to help me stay clear and focused.

I've made these time block charts before and they help a lot. I block them out according to what my best day is—scheduling creative time in the mornings, and more mundane time in the afternoon. I don't always do what it says, when it says I should—but I'm always clear on what I'm giving up if I choose to use my time differently.

I'm making an informed choice.

My Perfect Weekly Schedule
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Morning Routine: I normally wake up somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m., no alarm clock. My body just won't let me sleep in. In order to have my best day, I like to immediately go exercise (walk outside or do my Wii Fit), then get myself ready for the day. Once I'm fresh and clean and smelling nice, I take some time to read scriptures, ponder and pray. Last I do a little day prep—like throw something in the crock pot or do up some dishes or whatever.

Creative Work: This is my best time of the day. It's when I like to write, design, edit, or do whatever comes from the creative part of me. This is also when I do paid work for my clients.

Lunch: Well, duh. (If it's not on the schedule, it's at a variable time.)

Business Work: This is the business end of my workday. I return phone calls, emails. Pay bills, process orders, create reports, research business related things, do marketing—whatever it takes to keep my business going. On Fridays, I run errands. I like to schedule appointments then too, if possible.

Dinner and Clean Up: Eat. Clean house. (If it's not on the schedule, it's at a variable time.)

Read: I like to read in the evenings—books to review, books for fun, blogs. Some nights I have things like my Writers Group, my Book Club meeting, Date with my DH, etc. And, okay. Some nights I veg out in front of the TV or play Spider Solitaire on the computer. But still, this is when I plan to read.

Grandma Day: I tend my grandsons every Wednesday. They help me do laundry (they're great at putting things in the washer and dryer) and clean house (they love to dust). We play most of the day. When they nap, I do the household chores I can't do when they're awake.

Saturday: This is my special day (and not because it's the day I get ready for Sunday). I do whatever I choose to do on this day, which includes getting my nails done, having pedicures, visiting with my sister, scrapbooking, bracelet making, home organizing, yard work, playing with my kids, rest, rejuvenate, etc. Sometimes I might read. Sometimes I might watch TV all day. The point is, I pick what I want to do.

Sunday: Church and family.

White Spaces: Few and far between, but those are empty things where I have nothing to do. So mostly, I will do nothing.

So if you've read this far, you're probably asking yourself, "Does this woman really think we give a flying leap how she spends her day???"

And the answer is, No. It's to remind myself what I mean by my cryptic notes.

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