Happy Monday to you. I hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend and are ready to get right back in there.
I’m in the process of figuring out how summer is going to work for me. I’ve taken on the commitment of writing a thousand words a day. While my kids were in school, that was relatively easy to get done consistently (or makeup if I didn’t). But now that school is out for summer and I’m back from vacation, I’m finding it harder to keep up. I’m having lots of fun with the kids, so good memories and all. But, I’d also like to get a bit more done, as it seems my ToDo list is growing by leaps and bounds. I had a notice on my calendar that I was to send out ARC copies for Third Life. Only, it’s not ready yet, so that’s not getting done.
My plan right now is to take a deep breath, try to chill, and realize that summer is just not going to be as productive as the rest of the year. I’m going to do my thousand words, as I think that’s important. But, everything else is going to be up for grabs.
I’ve tentatively set a goal of accomplishing three things on my ToDo list each day. And I can’t cheat. The three things I accomplish have to be necessary but somewhat optional (as in, if I didn’t do them, I’d go to jail). So feeding my children cannot count as an item I check off the ToDo list. Buying toilet paper (if there is only one roll in the house) doesn’t count either. However, buying toilet paper in advance of the critical stage counts, as I’m ahead of the game.
Three things seems doable, especially since I’m not even requiring they be writing related (cleaning the house counts, as that’s completely optional). Having a water-gun fight with the kids (while optional) doesn’t count (though, that’s probably why I’m not getting a whole lot done). The goal is to get things accomplished that are beyond the minimal I need to survive my everyday life (so grocery shopping doesn’t count, but making a meal plan for the week would–as that should save me time, but isn’t necessary, as I’m always able to scramble together marshmallow-covered hot dogs at the last minute. 🙂 [OK, that was seriously a joke. That actually sounds fairly disgusting.])
So, how is your summer going so far? Easier or harder to get things done with all the sunny weather and people talking about their great vacations (or vacation plans)? Any tips for me?