I’ve been a bum again! This has been thought way too many times the last few days.
My “free” time has been increased dramatically the last few weeks. First, I had winter vacation. Second, we’ve had snow days the last two days. Yet, I still am not 100% prepared for the upcoming school quarter. Now, 100% will never be reached, but you would think with all the extra time to prepare I would at least have 3-4 weeks roughly planned. Nope. Not even close.
What was I doing with my time? For Christmas, I received FIFA 15. I played through an entire season on it and am now on my second season. Once I started to get the “back-to-school nerves” I distracted myself with the 7th Harry Potter book. I read it in less than two days.
What I achieved was not helping me get any major projects done. Leisure time is fine when it is in moderation. What I was doing was leisure overload. I find when this happens (yes, it’s happened before) I begin to find the easiest tasks, such as putting away the dishes, just so challenging. In short, I get uber-lazy.
How can this be avoided? I can’t tell you for sure, but I have an idea and am experimenting. What I am doing is planning projects that support my values. Then, I am setting time aside that is specifically for that project.
Here’s what it looks like. I make time on Sunday to plan my upcoming week. I have my list of projects beside me. Then, I mark on my Google Calendar what I am going to work on at different times. I know. Mind blown. Simple to set up, difficult to maintain. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to a schedule. Especially when FIFA 15 is easily available. But, learning to say no to distractions is a worthy skill to have.
This has been my first week in attempting this. So far, I’ve spent time working on the project listed during the set time frames. However, I haven’t gotten all that I thought I’d get done. Some of the time spent is thinking of what to do. To counter this, I want to create a list of much simpler and smaller steps of the projects. Then, I can have this list to view and work off of during the scheduled times.