Or shed-yools, if you’re feeling fancy. I’m not, particularly.
The kids are out of school for the summer! Hooray! I’m not going to get anything done! Hoor– wait a minute. Ack.
New challenge, then. I have a book to revise this summer. I’d like to have it out to beta readers by the beginning of September, which means I have a LOT of work to do in terms of re-writes and self-editing. I’m looking forward to the work. This story is rather exciting, and I hope that will help me focus.
But that’s hard with “Mom? Mom? Hey, Mom? Look at this! Mom? No, look again. MAAAAAA!!!” happening all day long. I need a plan. I need…
I don’t do well with schedules. I’m easily distracted, and I procrastinate. Following a schedule feels like some kind of temporal/experiential oppression, and generally, I won’t stand for it. But if I want to have this thing out on time, I might need to make that sacrifice.
Hey. I got Bound out in spite of a flooded basement, an evacuation, and the destruction of my office. I can deal with a few kids for this one.
So why am I talking about it here? Because I need to be accountable to someone. Specifically, to you. I’m going to report back on this once a week or so. This could be inspiring, or just really entertaining for everyone but me.
Here’s a look at the schedule as I doodled it up a few nights ago:
Yep, that involves getting up early and working. I have no idea how this will work out. My brain already wakes me up between 6 and 6:30, but I usually doze a bit, day dream, plot noodle, and generally laze about until I have to get up. This plan involves, like… getting out of bed. And using my brain before 7:00.
But my body clock also makes me crash by 10:30 most nights, anyway, so staying up late isn’t really a better option. Besides that, I have my
biggest kid husband around a lot of nights, and I like to hang out with him when I can. He’s pretty cool. So this is what we’ve got.
In theory, this gives me 2-4 hours of working time a day (writing and social media), while still giving me time with the kids and time for housework and like… food and stuff. And adventures in the real world. That’s important.
6:00 – wake up. Caffeinate.
6:20 – *write*
8:30 (approx) – kids up. Breakfast. Housework. Family stuff. Errands.
12:00 – lunch
1:00 – write (or social media promo stuff if the kids are around and not easily distracted)
3:00 – do stuff with kids
5:00 – supper prep, supper
7:00 – clean up kitchen, tidy, read with boys or on own
9:00 – kids to bed. Hang out with AJ or work if he’s not home
9:45 – prep notes for next morning’s writing
10:00 – bed
I’m hoping that few minutes of pre-bed prep will help me focus in the morning. Normally I have to spend
an hour a few minutes finding my focus. I’ll let you know if this helps.
- no e-mail before noon (so if you don’t hear from me, I’m not ignoring you!)
- no facebook/twitter during work time (except for word sprints)
- read at least 30 minutes per day
Obviously this is all subject to change. It is summer, which calls for spontaneous trips to the beach and the walking trail, overnight visits to the in-laws’, a wee vacation trip, and various other upsetters-of-schedules.
But I’m going to try.
Wish me luck.
Have any tips or tricks to share that help you get work done in the midst of distractions? How do you stick to a schedule without going insane? Please share!