An Hour a Day

I’m always trying to get myself into a routine. I work 9-hour days and then some so it’s hard to find the time to blog, read, write, play video games, relax, etc.

I’ve set designated days to work on writing and blogging to spread the load out and keep myself organized. Some weeks are better than others, but if there’s a certain deadline I have to meet, then priority goes to that and the schedule gets thrown out the window.

Lately, blogging has been taking over my writing life. I think the main reason for that is because I have deadlines for my blog and not my writing… yet.

Anyway, it’s a new year so of course, I have to try getting myself into another routine.

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During the week, I wake up at five in the morning and go to bed between nine and ten. I’m a morning person and that’s when I do my best work, so that’s why I get up two hours before I actually have to.

But it helps a lot because by the time I get home from work I’m too tired to do anything else.

It takes about an hour for me to go through my WordPress Reader each morning and read and comment on all the blogs I follow. Plus, I read and comment on at least five blogs I don’t follow.

I can read about 100 pages of a book in one hour.

I can write about 2,000 words in an hour. Editing? Well, I’m sure I could get a good chunk of editing done if I focus enough for an hour.

Some blog posts are more work than others and the graphics can take some time to make, but again, I can get a lot done in an hour.

I’ve decided to set aside one hour each day for each activity. I have two hours in the morning before work that will be dedicated to blog time. One hour for reading and commenting, one hour for writing posts.

Then I spend six and half hours at work and then another two-or-so-hours babysitting.

When I get home, I’ll spend one hour reading and one hour writing/editing.

This will be easier to accomplish on the days I don’t have to babysit and the weekends are going to be a breeze, but we’ll see how it works out.

And of course, this isn’t set in stone. I know I have to carve out some family and friend time. I also plan to shut down my computer and such by seven each night so I can have a few hours to relax before bed and then doing it all over again the following day.

So, what do you think? I think there needs to be more hours in the day.

Once I get a good backlog of posts written for my blog, I can go back to my other schedule (only working on my blogs on Thursday and Friday). But, since I was sick the last week of 2016, I wasn’t able to get anything done for January. So I’m a bit behind.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing this week. Hopefully, it will continue for the next week or two and then I can feel caught up on everything.

Until I can someday (hopefully) make enough money to be a full-time writer, I have to run a tight-ship with myself to get this done. Nothing happens if you don’t work for it.

Do you have a special routine to get your writing and/or blogging done? What is it and how does it work for you?Let me know in the comments below!

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Plans Change

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I was super productive during the month of September. In my October Goals post I decided to be just as productive, if not more.

Well, I have been sick for the whole month of October so far. I’m better now, but I missed work all last week. It was nice being home, but I spent it on the couch resting so there was no reading, no writing.

We’re about halfway through October and I had hoped to finish my outline for NaNoWriMo by now, but oh well. Things happen.

You always plan for what you want to accomplish. You plan for what you want to happen. You assume it’ll happen because you planned it and nothing could ever go wrong or get in your way.

Well, plans change and when that happens you need to be flexible and work something else out. Because let’s face it: Life doesn’t care about any plans we’ve made.

So I didn’t get much work done, but because of that I think I’ve come up with a better solution to balance writing, reading, blogging, and real life things.

All I have to do is stick with it the best I can.

So, update:

1. I will not be writing one Short Story Sunday a day. I’m going to save that for December.
2. I am not going to “cheat” during NaNo anymore. I’m going to finish my outline and leave it until November starts. I was originally going to start handwriting, but I changed my mind. Computer it is.
3. My reading list for October changed. There’s no surprise there; especially since I had to skip a week.

That’s where I stand at the moment. I hope everyone else is moving along nicely in their own writing worlds.

Routine Is Key

Did you know that it takes about 21 days to make a habit?

I’m not really sure how true that is, but I’m willing to try it out.

I always give myself a word count to meet daily. On good days, it works. On not so good days–busy days, days I’m exhausted–it doesn’t work very well.

I work better in the morning. I’m a morning person and on days when I have work, it’s better to get anything done before work rather than after because by the time I get home from chasing around preschoolers for six hours, I’m too tired.

Coming to the conclusion that I’ve been going about this whole routine thing the wrong way, I decided to set aside some writing time for each day.

I’ve thought of doing this before, but my schedule changes a lot between work, babysitting, church, family, friends, etc. So I never gave it a shot. I think it’s about time I start doing that.

Now that I’m out of school and work is done for the summer, I thought of setting aside two hours every morning to write. Hopefully it’ll work so by the time work starts back up again, I’ll be in a good enough routine to stick with it without trying.

I’m only going to do it five days a week, though. Monday through Thursday plus Saturday when Kris and I go on our Barnes and Noble trips. Fridays will be blog days and Sundays will be for planning Sunday school for next year.

Of course, if I want to write I will. But as long as I get at least two hours in on those days, I think it’ll work out.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what works for you?

There’s Always Tomorrow

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This week has been so off from routine for me that I am utterly exhausted; scratch that–I’m super overtired. I have a ton of energy, but I think that’s because I did’t have a normal schedule this week.

Usually, on Monday my schedule consists of work, babysitting, then home. Since it was Memorial Day, I didn’t have work and didn’t have to babysit. I ended up getting some things done with my day off, but it ended there.

Tuesday I usually have work and that’s it. Instead I worked, went home, then babysat for five hours into the night. I got back late not getting a whole lot of sleep.

Wednesday I usually go to work, babysit for an hour, then come home. I had work (and it was field day for the kids so it was super busy) and came straight home because they didn’t need me babysitting.

Thursday I go to work, then babysit for four hours, then come home. Again, I only had work on Thursday.

Friday I usually have work and then I’m home for the weekend. I ended up going to work, then babysit, then straight to my friend’s house for the rest of the night.

It was a busy week and work itself was super busy because one of the teachers in my classroom was out all week. My routine was just completely thrown off.

I barely got any writing or reading done this week because of it. I tried writing one day and then my laptop crashed, so that didn’t help for the time being.

Anyway, today is another busy day, but I hope to be able to get some things done later on.

Hopefully, I’ll get back into my routine next week. My babysitting schedule will be different because the school year is winding down, but I’ll be babysitting less–not more.

I can’t wait to get into a routine for the summer. Three more weeks of work–15 days!

Out Of Routine

I love February vacation. I don’t spend six hours of my day at work, so I’m able to get a lot of things done. However, the things I want to get done don’t necessarily get done. I still have homework to do.

So today I did some homework, then went out to lunch (which was fun) and then have been doing more homework. I have two assignments left to do, but I’m done with homework for the time being. I need a break. So they’ll get done sometime tomorrow.

No writing today. I’ve having been writing or editing very much lately because of work and homework and such. I thought I would be able to get a lot of writing done this week because I don’t have work. Except I’ve been thrown off my routine so I haven’t been doing much anything lately.

Tomorrow is Friday, which means vacation is just about over. Next week I’ll be able to get back into my writing routine and hopefully gets somethings done.

Sometimes I feel like my routine gets me in a rut so I look forward to vacation. Then I get out of my routine and I feel so discombobulated.