Ever since I began to pursue my dream to become an author, I have been obsessed with time management. I struggled for a long time with balancing a full time job, home, family and wanting to hide behind a close door and do nothing except write.
I want to share with you what I learned the hard way through trial and failure.
How many times have you purchased a planner at the beginning of January with plans to, ‘get it together’ this year?
You too? Yeah, so did I. I would buy a planer and all the expensive inserts that went with it. I would spend countless hours, planning out the month, even the days of the week when each activity and chores would be completed. Any blank remaining time slots, I would block off for me to write.
Except, I couldn’t make my planned schedule work.
No matter how many times I made a schedule, it didn’t work. Something always came up and threw me off track. Getting off track, threw off my designated time to write. I ended up worrying about things I couldn’t control.
Can you relate? Has this happened to you, also?
In the past six years, it’s happened to me more times than I care to count.
One day it was pointed out to me that my tight, planned daily routine was not realistic and it left no time for me to relax and have fun.
Fun? What is that? To me fun is writing and seeing two characters meet in the middle and find everlasting love. Fun to me, is being able to mark something off my ‘to do’ list and move on the next.
It wasn’t until I was hospitalized that I accepted the truth. My planning and the over manage of my daily routine was unrealistic and I gave myself no time for rest and fun.
When was the last time you did something fun? Has it been recently? Good for you. There are many benefits to having fun in your life. The one that sticks out the most to me is fun reduces stress.
Since the pandemic I have been staying close to home. However, I have been knitting a scarf and stenciling wooden boards hubby cut out for me with ‘Welcome’ and ‘Let it Snow’. I have also been taking one day off a week to absolutely nothing except relax. Lately, I’ve been binge watching Netflix. I don’t write, I don’t blog nor look at Twitter and Facebook. And guess what? It feels absolutely wonder to not think about anything except absorb what is happening on the show I’m watching. Hubby and I watched the entire first season of ‘Outer Banks’ two weeks ago. I’m ready for season two.
It’s never easy to start nor break a bad habit. It does, take commitment and work. It takes an average of 21 days to form a habit.
Sounds easy, right? It really is once you make the decision.
So, the best, helpful and valuable tips I discovered that are needed to manage my daily routine is:
1. Be realistic. Life happens, the past year has been an eye opener for the entire world. The goal is to keep moving forward. As long as you keep moving, you will reach you goal.
2. Take time for yourself to relax and have fun.
Until next time, stay safe and keep reaching for the stars.
Dreams do come true!