Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Self-care for Writers (Part 8 of 11)

Maintain Structure. This hasn’t been a problem for me because I’m highly self-disciplined—but sometimes I was too self-disciplined to enjoy my free time.

Being able to work at home doesn’t mean working without a schedule. It means being able to create your daily timetable.

For many of us (and that includes me) at the end of the workday I jot down the things I want to accomplish the next day. As I complete each task I draw a line through it.

When I first started doing that I was a full-time student in two graduate schools (yes, crazy I admit), so I had to be careful about my time. Each Saturday afternoon, I projected how to use every hour for the next week. It worked fairly well for me.

Later, I didn’t need the strict to-do program and listed only the items I wanted to accomplish. One writer friend never completes her daily calendar—she overschedules. I tried to be careful about that and each day I gave myself about 30 minutes when I didn’t have to do anything. Generally, that took care of the unexpected events.

Occasionally, even now, I don’t accomplish everything I jotted down. So here’s one of my maxims: Today I have time to do everything I need to do today. That prevents feelings of guilt from popping up, especially when somebody calls me on the phone and ties up an hour or more.

Today I have time to do everything
I need to do today.

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