"The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock
“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” – Roy L. Smith
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar
Recently I’ve been stressed out and struggling to figure out my life. I have so many things that I want to do, and run out of time, and never do it! I have huge ambitions for my life, for this year, for this summer, and yet I seem to have good intentions but no follow through. This verse has been running through my mind, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” (Proverbs 13:4) and describes exactly how I’ve been feeling. I have all of these plans, all of these dreams floating around in my head, and haven’t got the gumption to actually do them!
· I seriously want to run a ½ marathon before we have kids. I need to buckle down, start training, and get it done!
· My biggest dream is to be a writer, but I don’t write regularly, so how am I supposed to be good when I don’t actually write regularly? I need to set up a daily writing schedule, and actually write! Every day!
· I have a ton of stuff that I’ve written in the past that either needs to be edited, revised, rewritten, or simply just sent out to agents/journals/or publishers. This requires a time commitment, but hello! If I don’t send anything out, how can I expect to be published?
· Attending Writing Conferences, meeting agents, other authors, and publishers is HUGE in my goal of publishing my work. However, I’m often discouraged by the amount of money it takes to register and attend the conferences. Make a plan, figure it out, attend these conferences!
· I really desire to be an incredible wife, to make my house welcoming and a peaceful haven to all, most especially my husband. I know that I need to spend more time cleaning, baking, gardening in order to do so. Do I need to schedule cleaning appointments to actually get this done?
· We’re struggling to pull ourselves out of debt and are striving to live a life of frugality, which means that I need to take extra time to clip coupons, shop at more than one grocery store to take advantage of sales, to plan menus, to actually cook, to pack lunches.
· I want to take a summer publishing course offered here at the U. I need to apply, get a tuition waiver figured out, and figure out my work schedule around that class.
All of these things take time, and unless I am proactive, planning things out, they just don’t get done.
My husband, the Chef, is excellent at planning and he works on a very set routine. I can tell time by watching him to see what he’s doing. The fact that I’m never on a schedule, I don’t go to bed at the same time, don’t get up at the same time, it’s mindboggling to him, and frustrating because he never knows where I’m at or what I’m doing.
So, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and while I’m not Catholic, I’m determined to give something up for lent.
And what is that you may ask?
I’m giving up TV for lent.
Yes, I’m doing it. I spend too much time watching tv when I should be doing anyone of the things I’ve listed above, cleaning, writing, working out.
Granted, I will watch tv when my husband is sitting there on the couch beside me. So we’ll still have our Top Chef dates, and spend time snuggled up on Saturday morning watching bike races. But other than that. Nope. No TV for me.
Tonight, instead of throwing beads during Mardi Gras, I’ll be writing out a schedule, a routine that I’ll follow for the next 40 days. That will be my pain and suffering. Routines. And if its successful and I follow my routine, by the end of those 40 days, some of those routines will become habits.
I’m telling you all here, in blogosphere, so you can help keep me accountable. Please do! Ask me about it!
Ask me if I’ve fallen off the wagon!