Last week I shared that I had a new system to divide up and complete my tasks. I thought it was very clever and manageable. I, apparently, was very wrong about the manageable part. I magange to complete very few tasks in the past week, I’d say a fifth at most. But why did I not succeed when my target was so conservative? Because it’s not just me.
As I’ve mentioned before, my eldest is at the stage where she wants to be where I am and doing what I’m doing. Which often results in a lot of extra letters where they shouldn’t be, the browser sometimes being closed before I can react or (my favourite) the computer being unexpectedly put sleep thanks to the magic moon-shaped button on the keyboard. So if I want to write it needs to be done while she’s asleep or otherwise occupied.
But I also require a degree of support from my partner which, bless him, is sometimes lacking. When we moved in we set up a corner of our room for me to work and film in, which is great but I don’t get to use it often. He is a night owl and I’m an early bird, so when I want to work he tends to be sleeping and I can’t exactly film in the dark with someone snoring in the background (that would be so professional). This gives me a very limited window of time to film in and that’s only if things like expressing and tantrums don’t get in the way.
There is also the issue of respecting my writing zone. He’ll have these random thoughts or remember something he wants to tell and share them with me, which is really sweet but after 5 or 6 of these little notions, I’ve lost my train of thought. I could be in the middle of writing an elaborate scene or an in-depth blog post, something I’ve been working really hard on and suddenly everything I was about to write is gone. I’ve tried to explain this to him but sometimes I don’t think he sees what I’m doing as something important enough to matter. But if I can’t produce the work it’ll never be important enough to matter.
I’m reworking my schedule to be even more conservative and I’m making definite boundaries in regards to my writing time. But I also need to manage my time even better and eliminate all distractions. Hold myself accountable for the time I have control of.