May 25th 2016
Today I am sticking to my plan.
On Sunday I got out the 2016 week-by-week planner that I bought the last time I convinced myself I was going to turn into this super organised, motivated and productive person.
And I planned out my week. I tried to do it hour-by-hour but it was unrealistic, but I just set myself goals for each day. And so far, I’m sticking to it. In fact, I’m ahead of it.
Please ignore my toddler hand-writing, but you’ll see that I just jotted down various things that I needed to do on each day. Monday went swimmingly, I unpacked, I edited three videos when I’d only scheduled myself to do one, I sent a few emails, I went to Alice’s, I went to work. A simple day, but a productive one. Everything got done, and more.
Yesterday was slightly more chaotic because I didn’t have much free time to spend at home, on my desk, doing things. I went for, and enjoyed, my scheduled 4-mile run, I edited a video – still 2 videos ahead of where I should be this week. I went to golf with my Grandad, and then went to work. In the entire day I barely wasted a single minute. I was always doing something that I had set myself out to do. I was being productive with the time I had. I went for a run at 8am, and got home from work at midnight. It was a long day.
Today I altered my schedule a bit by just swapping what I will do tomorrow for what I have done today. I really wanted to carry on editing videos, and I now only have one more to edit before I’m finished – and I wasn’t supposed to finish until Monday. It made sense to finish one project before starting another. I also ‘wasted’ a bit of time by spending the evening bowling with family. But quality family time (and winning both games of bowling) is not wasted time at all.
Tomorrow is a rest day on the marathon training, or, in fact, it’s a day for cross-training, but I haven’t a clue how to do that now that my gym membership has expired. This means that I’ll have an extra few hours with which to catch up on what I should’ve done tonight.
It seems like it’s every few months that I talk about my bid to become a productive and worthwhile human being, hopefully talking about it will make the bid more successful as I look to avoid public failure. I also need to start sending off query letters to literary agents in aid of getting my novel published, but for that I am waiting on a response from a tutor, so how quickly that gets done is out of my control.
I’m even scheduling what time I am allowed to fall asleep, as I try to slowly regulate my sleeping pattern, and gradually spend less and less time asleep so I can – you know – spend more time awake.
It’s all a bit drastic, but it’s just all about habits. Once writing in my planner-diary becomes as habitual as writing in my (this) blog-diary, then I’m halfway to the mindset I want.
Until tomorrow, state of mind is all that matters.