In the past couple of weeks, I’ve posted to-do lists, and time-management ideas. I’ve even given you how-to’s to slip in to your day in hopes of bolstering your creativity. This will help only so much. First, you have to decide to change your daily routine. Second, you need examples of other successful people working from home.
So, what does my writing life actually look like on a daily calendar? Well, here’s a snapshot of how my days appear.
THE SUSAN WINGATE DAILY CALENDAR – EACH TASK AT EACH HOUR: Or, Goal-setting, Planning and Executing the Plan
6:00a – Let dogs out
6:15a – Feed the raccoons (don’t say anything) and the deer (again, don’t say anything)
6:30a – Get cup of coffee and sit on couch
6:45a – Set up “Free Books” page with a free eBook on Amazon.com (or a download, like today)
7:00a – Begin writing my blog – choosing one of several topics off my “What to Blog” list — which means I had to chunk out some time to write a lengthy idea list for blogging
8:00a – Check on mom – dose her with her morning pill, start her on a breathing treatment (15 minutes), set out her yogurt cup and breakfast cookies, and dose her with her first inhaler, straighten her room and kitchen, and turn on the TV to westerns for her
8:30a – Feed the dogs – Robert and Missy, and feed mom’s pets too
8:45a – Perform meditative activity sitting on the couch
9:00a – Read a passage from the Bible
9:15a – Write to my latest work-in-progress novel, A SADDER SEASON
noon – Stop for your lunch break and give mom her second dose of inhaler and fix her some lunch
12:30p – Check social media, check email
1:00p – Straighten your surrounding
1:30p – Take the dogs for a walk with Bob (this is a slow walk because Robert is 14 years old and limpy)
2:15p – Give mom a snack and throw in a load of laundry, clean cat boxes, freshen pets’ water bowls
3:00p – Feed the dogs their evening meals
3:15p – Take off with Bob for a power walk
4:45p – Start fixing dinner for Bob, mom, and me and give mom her third dose of inhaler
By 8:30PM, I’ve given mom all of her meds, cleaned her up for the evening and have said, “Good night,” to her.
And my work day is done. But I get a lot done, don’t I? I guess all of this leads to one thing: goal-setting. My goal is to write no fewer than three novels a year. To do that I must write approximately 150,000 to 225,000 words a year. To do that, I must write no fewer than 500 to 1,000 words a day. Therefore, I must write every day. And I MUST make it my top priority.
It helps to chart out your days on a regular basis. You can see how much you’re doing that needs to be done and how many things you slip in that are extraneous, unnecessary activities–like going to the bathroom! LOL.
So, what would your day look like if you charted out like this?