Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The next 40 days: Changing Routines

"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!

For instance:

· 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.

(Gasp! Groan!)

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!
Please!

8 comments :

brandilion said...

several things came to mind while I read this post.

Whatever you do, don't burn out. Rest once in a while.

There is only so much time. Seems to me like you have to prioritize which is more important, working on the publishing, or cleaning/gardening? With the right habits (putting things away as you use them etc) cleaning time can come way down.

I think cutting back on TV is great. But I think you should prioritize how many hours a week to dedicate to publishing and how many to gardening. And remember to sleep and rest in there.

When it comes to the marathon, can you run in the morning before you shower? Or nightly before bed? Those are the best times I find for something like that.

Good Luck!

Catherine Blake said...

Sounds like a great plan to make a plan. It's exhausting just reading about all that you want to do! But I know you will be able to accomplish what you want.

And about the no tv... I love the fact that I don't have cable at school. It's a blessing. And it makes watching a movie that much more special. (c:

backattheranch said...

No TV!!! Well I wish you all the best on that one! I couldnt do it! I bet if I did I would get allot done. Its a good thing what you are going to do. I wonder what I should give up for lent?? I like you blog and will pop in again! :)

brandilion said...

I forgot I wanted to tell you about lulu.com I just bought some books there. You should check it out.

Mindee said...

Okay, glad to see you're keeping Top Chef - no need for craziness here! ;)

I think you have the right idea here, but agree with brandilion in that prioritizing should be the first step. After that, I'm really curious to see how it goes. I lean toward sloth myself so maybe you'll inspire me!

d.a.r. said...

I would totally cheat and store everything on my DVR and go on a DVR binge come April 12 :) More power to ya!!!

Liz said...

Wow. We have so much in common right now. I hear you on the writing thing. I've been struggling with that myself as well, watching tons of tv and thinking, "gosh I could be writing." And JUST yesterday I joked about giving up TV for lent (joking b/c I didnt think I could do it). Wow. You are my hero. I might try after all. :)

Stacia said...

Wow...as I'm reading this post, it sounds so much like ME! The TV thing is "my time" and it's something I look forward to...after I get my "chores" done...I'll keep checking your blog/posts! Have a fab nite...

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