I'm notorious for being disorganized. I know if you've been reading this, it may not seem that way, but I'm horrible. Especially since I stopped working for other people. I don't really have a schedule. I write what I want when I want, and if I don't feel like working, I don't. So far, the non-system has worked for me - or at least I felt like it had.
Over the weekend, I looked at my life. I have 1 book in submission, 3 books in various stages of editing, and I'm trying to write my fifth. I teach homeschool. I have a house to manage.
I work at my books sporadically, I'm behind in correcting papers, my house is a mess. And to top it all off at some point, I managed to gain seven pounds (which explains why my husband's pajama pants fit so well).
In short, I need a schedule before I become this psychotic, yet lazy, extra-huge lump of goo sitting at the end of the couch, drooling and surrounded by reams of unfinished book pages.
So, I made up my mind and I made up a schedule. First thing in the morning, read / write blogs and get correspondence out of the way. After hubby leaves for work, exercise and do my morning transformation into a human being. Next, run errands. At ten a.m. (or thereabouts), start school for my daughter and while she's doing her work, edit. (Answering school questions and helping all the while.) Take off at noon for lunch with the hubby. After lunch, get daughter started back to schoolwork and edit. Around four, let daughter loose from schoolwork, and take a break to chill before hubby gets home and I have to start dinner. So, from 4 to 6, chill. From 6 to 8 eat and digest. At 8, sit down to write new words. Since I can only seem to wrap my brain around new words for a couple hours at most, this would put me in bed around 10, which works for me.
The above schedule is flexible, mainly because life doesn't always work the way we need it to, but for the most part, it means a lot more getting accomplished and a lot less screwing around. It starts today, so we'll see how it goes from here. Which brings me around to deadlines...
My plan for the rest of the year (which means the following will be done by 12/31/07):
- Finish writing the first draft of book #5 (Redemption).
- Finish polishing book #1 (Spectacle) and start submitting.
- Finish polishing book #3 (Blink) and start submitting.
- Finish editing book #4 (AWJ) and get it out to betas and CPs.
- Exercise for no less than 15 minutes every day (and once I stop panting like a sick dog, up it to 30 minutes).
- Lose at least fifteen pounds (because those 7 pounds are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much I feel I ought to weigh).
- Keep up with correcting homework so that at the end of each week, everything from that week has been graded and entered in the gradebook.
So, what are your goals for the rest of the year? Do you think I'll make mine, or am I being overambitious? Underambitious? Are your goals any more realistic than mine?
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