My general rambling about life—covers habit building, decluttering, cooking, goal setting, and random other topics as they come to mind.
‘Sleep’ is no longer a valid choice. *sighs*
And with the sunrise, I’m once again on the dayshift… Well, to be fair, my old 11-8 was still technically a day shift, just more of an afternoon/late-evening shift.
But this means turning my schedule on its head again, and finding a new rhythm for my artwork and writing and WoW.
I’m hoping it means I’ll start using those missing three hours that I was wasting in the morning, but only time will tell. *pokes plans* Well, time and about a month’s worth of attempts at ‘Getting Things Done’.
For now I’m going to shift to a 7am/7pm EST posting schedule, so look for updates this week around those times. I think I figured out what was mucking up my automated scheduled postings (darn you Edit Flow! *shakes fist at sky*) so I’m testing it out.
Happy Monday to all! *bundles up an heads out the door into the cold*
Monday Morning Workspace
I’ve fallen into the rut of writing off Monday through Friday as days in which I won’t get anything done. I have sixteen hours in a day to play with and taking a nine hour chunk out for work should still leave me with plenty of time for walking and writing and horses.
Unfortunately five of those hours are before work starts and only two come after… and it turns out I’m not that good at being a morning person.
Prior to my husband coming home I’d simply swapped things around– sleeping in and then staying up late, but that’s not an option anymore.
Thankfully I’m due for a shift-change at work. I’ll be turning my schedule on it’s tail and getting back to a 2-5 split instead of a 5-2. It means getting out the door a lot earlier, but I get back the 71.4% of my week that’s currently vanishes into a blackhole.
Having a night shift was nice, but I’m definitely ready to start setting the alarm clock again…
Ever play the game with friends where you try and figure out where you were and what you were doing on the same day years ago?
It’s easier now than it used to be, between the current blog and LiveJournal I’ve got a pretty good idea what was going on for the 1 year (same house, same company, different department) and 5 year (same house, taking time off work to finish my Accounting degree), but the 10 year is still a bit fuzzy (we’d bought the house but not moved in yet and I’d have to check the taxes to figure out which job).
For the next year, I have a pretty good idea of where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing (same house, same department). Five years is a bit iffier (new house? same department?)– but I’ve still got the outlines of a plan. Ten years is right out the window.
But it does make me want to write a letter to myself on the blog, about what I think life will be like. Might be time to sit down and make some grand plans again– or at least some 1-3-5 year plans. 10 years still seems like the far side of the moon.
I’ve recently started to feel like the time I’m spending on the internet isn’t amounting to much more than, well, time spent.
I’m not learning new things or improving existing skills, everything I consume is just a repetition of things I’ve already known. It’s a bit like being in a giant echo chamber, where everyone is just bouncing off everyone else without adding anything to the conversation.
So I’m declaring and internet holiday of sorts. Starting today (why wait?) I’m going to spend time on the internet in a focused pursuit of learning something new.
It might be new painting techniques for the horses, or ways to manage feral druid rotations for WoW, or better ways to track inventory for the micro-business, or how to code a my own delivery system for stories/verses, or outlining novels… there’s a whole wealth of things I could be learning out there.
And then? Then I’m going to teach it you, dear readers!
(Because the best way to learn something is to teach it and/or it will amuse others.)
((There may or may not be videos involved.))
(((And lots and lots of editing.)))
The 15 Minute Box
I’m not the best at building good habits or even remembering that I’m supposed to be building good habits– so I’ve taken my 15 timer theme and bumped it up a notch.
My current goal is to try and start a 15 minute timer every time I begin working on something (except for the treadmill) so I sat down and wrote out all of the chores I could think of around the house. I color coded them by room because Yay Markers! and am sorting them out into frequency, actual amount of time it takes to do, prior and next steps, and materials required. Continue reading
One of my mantras for a while now has been ‘Moving Mountain with Teaspoons’… but in the last few months I’ve forgotten and started treating the spoons like bulldozers.
Which works about as well as you’d expect.
So it’s time to get back to my teeny tiny teaspoon roots! *breaks out the index cards and colored markers*
Best of Intentions
Well, that de-escalated quickly…
The first half of 2013 has gone by in a blink and I’m finding myself constantly distracted by things more immediate and shiny than writing blog posts.
In the past six months I’ve gotten a new job (new department, same company), started a massive square-foot garden (the SQUASHPOCALYPSE is upon us), and got to combine two households back into one now that my hubby finally got to move home for good (so long Army, it’s been fun!).
Which means my blog has been nothing but Saturday Story Prompts for quite a while now…
But new year’s resolutions are good all year ‘round and I’m nothing if not full of good intentions! (Plus it was my 3 Year Blogversary on Sunday and I’m overdue for some new goal-setting). This time I’m going to start small and then ramp up, hopefully that will work better than my normal plan of jumping straight into the deep end.
So here’s to mid-year resolutions! *raises glass*
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It’s been a quite few weeks in the realm of All Things Hobby, as you can tell by the horrid dearth of posts on the blog. *pats February sadly*
But thankfully that means other important things have taken their place (at least temporarily) and I’ve been feeling quite the Grownup lately. Not quite ready for my trophy, but I’m saving a place on the mantel…
So, grownup’ing aside, I feel like it’s time to get my hobbies back on track.
Which has nothing to do with the fact that April Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner.
Right, so, posts! I am totally once again writing posts and Doing Art and Walking Warcraft and other such silliness. You have been warned. *solemn nod*
(And I am not thinking about April yet, because lo, my track record at winning Camp is lousy.)
I’m transitioning departments at the company I work and will once again be roaming the promised lands of IT. I’m not quite sure why I keep insisting that I’m going to be a responsible adult and give up my techie toys– it’s what I love to do! *headdesk*
Anywho, somewhere around March I will be settling into a new work schedule which will shift my free time from after work to the mornings. Which means my normal excuse of ‘I’m too tired from work to be creative’ is going out the window.
It should make April’s Camp NaNoWriMo a heck of a lot easier, but I’m hoping that I can roll that free-time over into my treadmill gaming and model horse painting as well. *crosses fingers*
I’ve been puttering about trying to come up with some good New Year’s Resolutions and I stumbled across a post by Cheryl Barker on choosing yearly ‘theme words’… and I found my hook!
Moving Mountains with Teaspoons has been my unofficial tagline for a while now and I decided to make it official for 2013. While I’m not quite up to doing a list of daily resolutions like I did for 2011, I figured I could pick the smallest possible improvement for each area and then throw in some larger goals as well.
I’ll add to Mountains as the year goes on… Continue reading