My visit to the back fence will be short today. This month has flown by is a flurry of busy days replacing dying computers. Whoever said retirement would bee filled with lazy days in the sun was definitely not from this planet!
With an entire day with no appointments on the calendar, and a book deadline staring me in the face, I need to spend the day writing. I know I’ll never make up for lost time, just like I never can make up for lost sleep, but the luxury of a whole day for writing is something I’m going to grab.
Do you ever find yourself in tight spots with not enough time to do what needs doing? How do you cope? Do you have routines you follow to get you back on track?
I read an interesting blog the other day about routines and how we start our work day. The article made me think seriously about the way I begin my day. It also made me wonder if I need to make some changes that would work better for me as a writer.
Usually, if there are no appointments on my calendar for the day (remember, senior citizens take longer to get ready for doctor appointments and such) I make my coffee, then boot up the computer to check email and social media sites, like blogs and Facebook. Answering emails at four or five in the morning probably isn’t imperative, is it?
Since I’m normally an early riser, I tend to take my time, have another cup of coffee and finally get around to working on my WIP. Somewhere in the day, I answer phone calls, cook meals, grocery shop…all the things I did when I held a full time job with ten hour days. HELLO! A full time job with ten hour days! And everything got done, too. I’m definitely doing something wrong here, folks.
Having no time clock to punch shouldn’t be an excuse to waste precious time. Neither should getting older or being retired. Trust me, I’ve used all of the above, and a few I’ve forgotten.
Though I’m retired now, I still have a job. Granted, it’s by my own choice, but nevertheless, I’m responsible for getting it done. I still have the same number of hours in each day. I admit I’ve had a few more birthdays since I retired, but in reality, I believe it’s just a matter of prioritizing.
If I know I need more time to get started every morning, then I need to do the important stuff FIRST. I don’t need to spend hours on social media first, if that’s what’s eating up my writing time. If putting dinner in the crock pot first while I make the coffee will give me extra writing hours later, that should be a priority. Planning ahead should be a given. I did it all the time when I had to leave the house at 5:15 every morning. These days, I don’t even have to get dressed. (Well, you know what I mean.)
Am I the only one with this sort of problem? If you’d like to share with readers how you start your day, and why, I’d love to have you leave a comment. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re retired. I’ll take all the help I can get.
Here’s my bit of wisdom for today:
Remember, life is simpler when you plow around the stump.