Sometimes I do my best thinking at night, while I’m trying to convince my body that it wants to sleep. Fortunately, I’ve gotten pretty good at remembering things the next day too, or I’d never go to sleep as I pop up from the bed to try idea after idea! I come up with storylines this way, jewelry designs, plans for the next day, and yes, even blogs. I wrote the majority of this blog in my head last night as I was falling asleep!
You see I had one exciting thought on my brain – today is the end of the spring quarter!!!! So as I fell asleep last night I was thinking of all the things I want to do during my break, during my “not avoiding homework” guilt free zone, and the list was getting rather long! I was sitting here thinking about what my PSS would say to me about overworking myself, and wondering how I was going to get even half of it done. Not because I don’t know how to work, but because I have to be careful not to push myself to hard with how bad my asthma’s been these last few months, and because I’m really good at getting distracted which can make finishing projects problematic.
I came up with a solution! I have three main areas I want to work on in the next week. Basically everything else falls into these categories. They are:
1. The Apartment
3. The Business
So my goal is to spend at least an hour a day on each of these three areas. Now granted, I’m usually awake for 16-18 hours, so I’m sure I’ll probably working on them more than that depending on the day, but that’s my base goal. We’re not talking “while I do other things, like chat” either. I’m going to devote a solid, distraction free, hour to each of those tasks. I won’t chat, I won’t respond to new e-mails, I’ll simply plug in my mp3 player and focus. The only distraction I won’t banish is my husband, and that’s because he’d get his feelings hurt. I figure this way I’ll get some of the overall tasks accomplished, and when I take time to read a book, talk on the phone, or do something else that’s just relaxing I won’t feel guilty!
So here’s the goals for each of the three areas:
1. The Apartment – I have lots of little cleaning and organizational projects I need to work on. Everything from catching up on laundry (hopefully today!) to cleaning out my refrigerator. Oh yes, and I’m sure my husband would appreciate it if my jewelry stuff stopped taking over the apartment… And my desk area’s a disaster area… You get the picture. Oh yes, and paperwork. It needs to get organized into it’s appropriate folders instead of shoved in a drawer…
2. Writing – I’ve done a lot more writing in the last few months, and that’s kinda fallen off since I started doing the jewelry business. That makes sense, it’s finals time and all and it does take a lot of upfront work to get a business going. I want to get back to writing though. I don’t mean blogs and such (although this is writing obviously), I mean working on my book and other random stories I have in the works. So, for that hour, I need to write or edit. If nothing is flowing to my fingertips with my book, I’ll pick up one of the short stories I’ve been working on. If those aren’t inspiring me, I’ll free write until something does begin to inspire me. The point is, I’ll be writing. Every day.
3. The Business – There are soooo many things I want to get done here! This hour will NOT be devoted to creation. This will be devoted to the nitty gritty of the business. I want to get a business license, not because you need one as a casual seller necessarily, but because if this takes off it will make a lot of things easier to have taken care of it up front. Especially when it comes to tax time. Also, I downloaded Quickbooks, now I need to actually open it and start plugging in receipts and such! Then I want to start a jewelry blog. I’d like my customers to be able to get a peak inside my head without getting as far inside as the readers of this blog might be allowed. And I have photo’s to take, and revisions to make on my original posts, and research to do, and, and, and, and, and…
So there they are, my base-line goals. I probably won’t get everything done that I want to get done before Summer quarter starts up, but I sure can make a good effort towards it all!
My dear PSS, because I know you’ll read this, remind me to have fun and not just work during my break!