August 17, 2010 by Renee
I have a schedule!! Me! A schedule…that is working. I’m so excited and proud of myself I don’t even know what to do. In case you’re wondering, that’s me as Wonderwoman, to the left…well it could be me. Shut up.
I am writing articles, reviews, cleaning house, making meals, editing, writing, AND showering daily. Can you believe it? Man, neither can I. Some things aren’t seeing a lot of progress, but they aren’t standing still either. Which was my biggest issue all along. If I worked on one thing, a million others suffered, but no more. I work an hour at writing, an hour at cleaning, all day. Seems stupid, why not three on one then two on another and so on? Well, that’s not how my brain works and the kids need to see me more often than every three hours or so or they come bother me and interrupt everything and then I have to start over or I can’t focus and get back into what I was doing…and it’s just not convenient that way.
So, I dedicate the first hour of the morning to research for my articles. Then I go inside, get the kids some breakfast, usually tidy up the kitchen, throw in a load of laundry and go back to writing. I finish an article by lunchtime usually. Then it’s inside to make lunch, wash dishes, vacuum, etc. and while I do that, I consider what needs my attention first when I go back to writing.
This sounds crazy, but it works for me. I even have time to (gasp!) get out of the house. I visit people, go do fun things and sometimes, I like it. So take it from me, the most disorganized, easily irritated and possibly most stressed out person you’ll ever meet; it is possible to do this. You can do what you love and what you have to and still have time to breath. It’s a matter of finding what works for you. Not what works for me, or that guy over there (didn’t see him before did you. He lurks all the time, don’t mind him.) it’s about YOU.
Figure out how much time you can spend on a certain project without losing focus then figure out how much time you have to spend on other things to get them done. You’d be surprised. Also, moms or just people who like a clean, bug and rodent free house, or those who like to wear clean clothes or eat off real plates, check out those housekeeping sites that are all over the place. Full of great information. I wrote an article on making ‘chore lists’ and that’s what changed everything for me. Really, and I am not Holly Housewife. I am the furthest thing you’ll ever see from those freaks you see on commercials vacuuming in heels and a poufty dress with a smile on their face. I hate cleaning, but I have a clean house. I was going to take pictures, but I thought that might be going overboard. But really, my house is clean, I’m averaging 8 to 10 articles a week (as opposed to about 4 before this) and my fiction writing is moving steadily along.
Okay, enough sunshine and butterflies for one day. The next post will be back to the usual bitchy, cynical me you all know and love.
What’s that? Sleep? Shoot, I knew I left something off that schedule.