Welcome to the Cauldron, Don Charisma, Ben Huberman, and weekendgardener!
In My Head: I bet they call school tomorrow for the girls, and then where will we be, because I’m sure they won’t call university…..
In the Cup: Twinings English Breakfast tea with sugar and almond milk
Currently Playing: Frozen soundtrack
Daily Run: No run today. Unless you count trips to the bathroom…..
On the Desk: drafting for Merrin Born (!!!), my critical rationale for a secondary comps list, and revisions on an article
On the DVR: Gilmore Girls, season 3; Breaking Dawn part 2. Do. Not. Judge. Me. It’s been a long week, and I’ve already gone through all the Doctor Who and Buffy reruns over the past six months……!
On the Nightstand: Celtic Christianity and Nature, by Mary Low; Travels in Hyperreality, by Umberto Eco
BPal of the Day: Muse
|Muse||Ars Amatoria||A light, invigorating floral and citrus blend. Tuberose, lotus and jasmine with a hint of lime.|
So, remember waaaaaaay back in January, when the new year started and I came to the realization that if I did not do something dire and drastic, I was never, ever, ever going to have the time to get everything done, so I made the executive decision that Saturdays were “black out” days on which no Internet happened, period?
After two months of sticking to my guns, I can report (gleefully) that my plan is working! My productivity has shot up as a result of having an entire day every week on which no web-surfing happens. Now, I’m not claiming that I’m caught up (or ever going to be caught up) because – that would be a hilarious, and then pathetic-at-best, delusional-at-worst, lie. But what I can say is that I feel more in control of my time and energy and, more importantly, that by insisting on down time each week I am getting things checked off of both the “to do” list and also the “WANT to do” list, which is often a very different thing.
Chief among the “WANT to do” list items has been getting back to Merrin Born — and, as you can see from my status updates above, this has finally happened. (FINALLY!) I’m now back to a full first draft, and settling into revisions. I also have finally gotten back to drafting song lyrics for my partnerships. When it comes to creative writing, now that I’m a full-time doctoral student I only have an hour or so to spare, a few times a week — but I have found those hours as a result of dedicating Saturdays to non-web related matters.
So, if you are a creative sort who has been having trouble finding the time to devote to your art(s) — I definitely recommend “going dark” one or two days a week as a good starting point to reclaiming your time. I honestly had no idea how many hours I was wasting researching things (often, things with no bearing either on my creative or my scholarly writing, but rather just things I was interested in) and scrolling through status updates and Pinterest pages and the like, until I limited the time I spent doing those things and experienced the extra productivity first-hand.
If I could go dark two days a week instead of just one, I definitely would — but during the academic term it isn’t practical, since I have to be available to my students to answer their emails, and I like to do so within 24 hours of receiving them. I have definitely decided that over the summer, this is going to be a regular fixture in my schedule though!
What about you — what are your productivity suggestions?