Having a Job Interferes with My Work… Day 56

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I read this headline somewhere (I can’t remember where) and it is so true. If I didn’t have a 9-to -5 I could get so much work done.

I have so many deadlines and only 24 measly hours to get everything done.

I have writing deadlines. And coding deadlines. And housekeeping deadlines. And laundry. And grocery shopping. And things to read to understand the coding I am doing. And writers to follow. And Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat to update.

I HAVE SO MUCH WORK!

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Undeniable truths are always hard to digest.

And it’s hard to cram it all in. I have tried scheduling days devoted to only one activity. One day for laundry. One day for errands/ chores. One day for personal bible study. One day for coding and still another for writing. I used this schedule for about three weeks and I had to stop. It didn’t feel like I was getting anything done. I felt like a hamster in a wheel running in circles and going absolutely nowhere.

At the end of the three weeks I still hadnt accomplished the majority of my “to do” list.

So now I’m trying something new.

And to be honest I’m not sure how I feel about. The new schedule is every single day to accomplish one hour of Bible study, followed by one hour of writing or coding (usually coding to be honest) and after than an hour of reading.

I am in week two of this new schedule and right now this feels productive.

But is it really the best way to optimize my time?

I honestly don’t know the answer to that until my book series is finished and ready for distribution in the time frame I have given myself.

When I started researching how to best utilize my time I came across this goal planner.
Here’s how it looks for me:

A subject: I
A desired outcome: will finish rough draft #1 of Mystery Story
Criteria: by April 30, 2016
Action plan: By writing 10K words in 5 days = 2K words per day
Constraints: 2 hours of writing per day for 5 days – in the morning before heading to Job
A way to tie it into broader goals or a personal philosophy: in order to keep on schedule to retire from work in 1 year.

Even though this goal chart was written for financial plans I love how clearly it states what I have to do and how I’m going to accomplish my goals. And I have a lot of goals for the next few months. I need to get more books written and edited. I need to create a better web and social media presence. I need to guest bog. I need to code more and get over this Javascript hurdle.

Can you feel my anxiety?

But breaking down my goals into easy to read (and understand) goals makes it easier to focus on what I have to do.
Now I know my AM is for writing to catch up to where I already fell behind and my PM will help me stay on schedule.
So… whats my goal again?

A subject: I
A desired outcome: will finish rough draft #1 of Mystery Story
Criteria: by April 30, 2016
Action plan: By writing 10K words in 5 days = 2K words per day
Constraints: 2 hours of writing per day for 5 days – in the morning before heading to Job
A way to tie it into broader goals or a personal philosophy: in order to keep on schedule to retire from work in 1 year.



The goal planner was adapted from this post found at the Debt Blag’s website.

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