Quick post today. Because I’m bad at time management, so I can’t write a long one. Which, naturally, has me thinking about time management.
My consulting gig is done. I’m focusing on magick and writing full time for at least a month. And I’m realizing how important structure is. Without it, I get days like today, where I’m jetlagged in the morning (a perfect excuse to not work), then have coffee with friends in the afternoon (can’t work then, that’s impolite), and then I’m tired in the evening.
So, here are my daily goals:
- 2 hours writing. This can go into either posts or my book, though usually it’ll go into my book, with daily posts being excerpts.
- 3 sessions on new magick. Basic manifesting and healing don’t count here, it has to be something I find challenging. Each session is probably 20 minutes, with an hour or so of rest after.
Let’s assume I start at 9. That means 9-11:30 is writing. (I’ll budget a half-hour break in the middle.) Then some lunch. Then a magick session at 12:30, another at 2, and another at 3:30, and I’m done resting at 5.
Wow, that takes the whole day. Honestly, I’m surprised. Sure, a lot of that is rest, but really, a lot of any workday is rest — activities like socializing with coworkers, responding to emails, and sitting in meetings. I rarely got in more than 3.5 hours of creative work at the office anyway, so I’ll call that a win here.
And now I notice: Laying out this schedule showed me that I can’t schedule coffee in the afternoon, because I really do need those 8 hours. And it helped me commit to working at certain times, which is vastly better than trying to decide in the moment whether to work or play video games. (Hint: When deciding between work and video games right this second, work often loses.) That really was more useful than I expected.