Saturday, June 14, 2008

Scheduling

Hello again. I almost forgot today was my day. Then I glanced at my day planner to put in an appointment I made earlier for next week, and there was my reminder note. So here it goes.
This week I learned something about myself. I waste a lot of time. I made a spread sheet of my rotating work schedule (I work 10 hour nights 4:30 pm until 3 am) 7 days in a row on and the 7 days in a row off. I've been doing this for about 3 months. I like it pretty well. But I was wondering why I wasn't getting very much accomplished other than work, sleep, and medical appointments. So I actually blocked in time for writing - just like it would be a job - and behold: I have more that 40 hours a week - both weeks that I can write. This is exciting for me. I've dedicated myself to do this faithfully - maybe I'll make some progress. It is a good thing I'll be joinging Wow starting tomorrow.
What else did I schedule? I scheduled an hour every day for exercise. I scheduled 2 hours in the afternoons of my off week for marketing and planning. I also scheduled my sleep time. I feel this will be helpful for me so that I can help my family understand when I am available and when I am not. It helps me focus on what I want to do, when I want to do it.
Maybe all of you are better organized than I am - but now that I have it down - color coded and all on one page it will be easier for me to plan ahead for things like church callings and other activities - because I can fit those things in the intentionally blank spaces.
Hope you have a wonderfully fun and productive week.
Margaret

3 comments:

  1. I find that when I schedule in writing time I'm more likely to get to it. And, when I schedule something very specific like submitting a certain story or editing 20 pages, I'm much more successful.

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  2. Hurrah for you Margaret! Keep us posted on how this works out for you. I love learning from others.

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  3. Excellent idea. I never even used a schedule, maybe I ought to try it.

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