During my self-imposed hiatus from all things internet, I managed to come up with a routine that seems to be working.
Mornings are my time; afternoons are everyone else’s time; evenings are home time.
The first job of the day after breakfast is reading, whatever I’m reading is up to me but it’s usually work-related reading.
For the next hour or so it’s CATCH THE RAINBOW time. I won a face-to-face 1-to-1 presentation with a top agent in September and I need a polished presentation, partial and 7-minute pitch in time for that.
Then it’s short works – whichever draft(s) of however many short stories, articles, fillers or letters I’m working on.
After an hour of lunch I do my editing or proof-reading or writing for whichever client is currently top of the pile. I read during my lunch break, but this is usually a novel.
Last job of the day is walk dog. Sometimes I do my daily Yoga first thing; sometimes I do it before or after the dog walk. The Yoga is currently at 15 minutes but increases a little more each week. I want to get up to 30 minutes daily Yoga.
At the end of the day, if I’ve done everything I’m supposed to, then I get to play on the internet. Write tomorrow’s blog, catch up on FB, play any games, enter any competitions, buy any books, order any DVDs, or just surf.
Twice a week, in the evening, I do an hour-long exercise DVD. Once a week, on a Saturday, I do an hour-long Yoga DVD.
Once a fortnight I visit my parents.
In between I clean the house, do housework, washing, ironing, baking, gardening, cooking, dishes, etc. And in between that I relax with a book or a film or something on the telly or a game – NOT on the pc – or we go for a longer walk, or I go shopping.
I take Sundays off, regardless of whether or not it’s a parent day. I also take the 26th of each month off with no plans to do anything but just see how it goes or what I feel like.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve got a few itty-bitty jobs done, like change a lightbulb here or there, or repair the doorstop to keep the sand from spilling out, or sew a clothing repair. Things that need doing but never seem to get done.
Because my schedule is quite tight now, I’m limiting my computer time. I’m still working and writing in timed bursts, but the bursts are longer now than they were when I started.
Do you have a routine that works?