Project-based Planning

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.