My final thoughts for today come from Coffee with Hallelujah.
#REVERB12 (Day 26) PROMPT: How do you intend to carve out more time for the things that are the most important to you in 2013?
This is a difficult one to answer. I certainly WANT to carve out more time for the things that are the most important to me. I want to have plenty of time to write and read and photograph and create and make. But I wanted to do all those things this year too.
I think that it certainly helps that I’ve spent the last month (almost. Close enough, eh?) carving out time…for the most part…to at the very least write. I don’t think I’ve taken a picture yet today. Should have gotten one of the Sner and her boy before she left heading back home. Didn’t think about it, though.
I know what I need to do in order to carve out he time I need, and the answer is that I have to unplug. I can’t constantly be on my computer; my phone has to get put away.
Today is a perfect example of that. I’ve been working a little bit here and a little bit there on getting the house cleaned up. I’ve pretty much cleared the kitchen counters and done the dishes. The laundry is almost done. A bunch of old documents met their end in the shredder. But for probably the last three hours, unless it was to change out the laundry, I haven’t really gotten off the couch. I haven’t used that new Nook of mine. Instead I browsed the web–part of the time looking for a prompt to write about or reading what other people have written. I cleaned nearly a year’s worth of stuff out of my Outlook inbox and various folders. I contacted American Photo Safari to see about whether I could extend my voucher for a tour.
I did get up and vacuum there a minute. And then I was right back to couch and the computer.
Part of my resolutions for 2013 is to get back to my to-do list and my religious monitoring of it. I’m also planning to get up each morning with enough time to take the dog for a walk (as a treatment for her anxiety and OCD) and get my morning pages done. Beyond that, I want to declare an hour a night to be a tech-free zone. Whether it means that during that time I will clean a room in my house, write, go for a photo walk, draw, create…then that’s what I’m going to do in that hour. I’d like to work up to more than that, but I’m also being realistic at this point.
I guess if I had to lay it out in bullet points, then it looks like this:
- Daily to-do list
- Morning walks
- Morning pages
- Tech-free hour in the evening
I think it’s workable, but I have yet to go to work in 2013. I know that the schedule will be hectic until after our ACCSC visit. My intentions are, though, to put my health and my sanity on par with my work schedule. I’m not sure how that will happen, but the plan is in place. That’s the first step, right?