Motivation Monday on Labor Day:
Schedules and Accomplishments!
It’s another Monday, AND Labor Day 2018 …and I’m once again pondering revising my schedule to motivate me to be more productive and get more accomplished, without feeling frustrated and overwhelmed! 🙂
I actually did laugh out loud — LOL! 😉 — when I read this quote:
Oh my word, it’s so true! I start the day with big plans to accomplish a lot, and suddenly I find my train of thought going about five different directions (at least!) Thoughts like, “Where did I put that fabric?” or “Did I scoop the litter boxes yet?” or “When did I last take the dogs out?” or “What was that noise?” or “What was I looking for in this room?” — are common distractions.
I’ve decided I must have late onset attention deficit disorder, paired with brain fog brought on by age and some health challenges. Maybe. I don’t really know, but it SEEMS that way!
At any rate, because it’s a challenge sometimes to think clearly and concentrate, and to remember fleeting thoughts, I am getting in the habit of carrying a notepad around with a pen clipped to it to capture those random thoughts or creative ideas that suddenly rush in. I even have different color notepads and notecards for different tracking (blue for blogging – green for work -pink for creative stuff like sewing, crafting – orange for those random thoughts and “action list” stuff – and white for household stuff, budget, and related stuff).
SO… it has certainly taken time to figure this all out, after trial and error, but I’ve determined that in order to gain more focus and increase productivity, I need to try a new schedule for weekdays. This is especially important now, because I have a full-time remote job and need to put in those 8 hours/day (sometimes more, or less, depending on the current project requirements), PLUS find time for: blogging, exercising, sewing, among other things.
Hubby leaves for work at 7:00. I want to use that first hour, from 7:00 to 8:00, to take care of the pets, make my pitcher of smoothie drinks for the day, have my prayer and meditation time, and do my exercise routine.
Then, from 8:00 to 9:00, I want to work on blogging and commenting, per the guidelines in various blogging groups on Facebook.
At 9:00, I have a daily online meeting for work, and after that until noon, I have my remote job to do.
From noon to “noon-thirty,” I want to break for lunch at the same time hubby has his lunch break at work, take the dogs out, do another 5 minutes on my stepper, and check emails or Facebook.
From 12:30 to 5:00, I need to concentrate on my work. This means shutting off notifications, social media, and all those distractions … use the –> Pomodoro technique <– to focus fully for 50-55 minutes on the task at hand, and then take a quick 5- to 10-minute break to stretch, get a drink, or whatever. The traditional Pomodoro technique is to do four sets of work for 25 minutes and break for 5 minutes, each time and then take a longer 20-minute break. If this idea interests you, do check out the link (non-affiliate – just informational) to learn more details: Pomodoro technique.
Hubby gets home between 4:00 to 4:15, and usually takes care of the dogs and tends to the garden until 5:00 or so. Between 5:00-6:30 or 7:00, it’s time to have supper and spend time with him catching up on the day.
From 6:30/7:00 to 10:00/10:30, either more work, blogging (including preparing my blog posts for the next day, and commenting on other blogs), or sewing, depending on what is pending in those areas. Then REALLY planning on getting to bed between 10:30 to 11:00, to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
Of course, this schedule is subject to change and has to be somewhat flexible, as work details change and potentially demand more time – or I get more orders for K-Lee’s Kreations, or have gifts to make – or life happens and you know, you have to bend so you don’t break! But this will at least be a plan to put into action and then re-evaluate in a month or so, and see how it goes!
So What About YOU?
Is your current schedule working for you to accomplish all you need to do during the day?
If not, do you need to evaluate where you’re spending your time and energy?