Motivation Monday: Testing a New Schedule
It’s another Monday morning…and I’m pondering a NEW 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 “Why is that guy sitting in the car across the road staring at our house?” — 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, I’m going to try this new schedule for weekday mornings – or at least Monday through Thursday, since hubby works four 10-hour days. Fridays are different, as he’s usually home and I finally have a car to use to go run errands and do the grocery shopping.
Hubby leaves for work at 5:30. I want to use that first hour, from 5:30 to 6:30, 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 6:30 to 11:30, I want to do all my online/social media stuff (emails, Facebook posts), blogging and commenting (I really have to catch up on reciprocating with comments – in groups and here on my blogs!) AND sewing/crafting projects.
From 11:30 to noon, I want to break for lunch, take the dogs out, do another 5 minutes on my stepper, and check emails or Facebook again.
From noon to 5:00, I want to concentrate on my freelance work and/or searching for new work (depending on circumstances and how the next couple of interviews go!) This means shutting off notifications, social media, and all those distractions … use the –> Pomodoro technique <– to focus fully for 25-30 minutes on the task at hand, and then take a quick 5-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 at 5:00, so from 5:00 to 6:30-7:00, 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 or sewing, depending on what is pending in either department. Also, prepare my blog posts for the next day. Then REALLY trying to plan on getting to bed between 10:30 to 11:00, to get at least 6 hours of sleep (hubby usually goes to bed between 8:30 to 9:00 since he has such an early start to his work days).
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?