Are you suffering from the effects of Daylight Saving Time? While you can’t exactly get back an hour, you can try to adapt accordingly.
Check your clocks.
Make sure you set your clocks ahead an hour. And if you’re really keen, set them an hour and a few minutes ahead. That way you can trick yourself into thinking you have less time when you actually have a few extra minutes to get ready and out the door.
Follow a routine.
Eat your meals the same time you normally would. Even if you aren’t hungry. Even if you don’t feel like it. If you waited until you wanted or felt like writing, how many words would you write? Exactly. Don’t mess with your body’s internal clock.
Make gradual changes.
Now’s as good a time as any to change what you don’t like. Cut out bad habits. Want to consume less coffee? Hope to exercise more? Do both gradually. Go from three cups to two to one. Start with 20 minutes of exercise 2 days a week to 30 minutes every 3 days to 50 minutes 5 days.
Listen to yourself.
Your body knows best. Tired eyes? Sleep. Dry throat? Drink. Empty stomach? Eat.
Prioritize your priorities.
You have one less hour to do what you normally would. So do what’s urgent first. Then save the not so urgent stuff for another day. Don’t worry, that YouTube video won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Take tiny breaks.
You’re already in a pinch for time, but you still need breaks to recharge. You’ll more efficient if your energy levels are high.
Make small sacrifices.
It won’t kill you to miss out on a little TV time. Netflix will wait. Time won’t.
You have many hours ahead of you to be productive and present!
(Totally unrelated side note: Let’s see how long I can keep up with the blog graphic. Bet away.)
So I spent more time writing and blogging today than I did studying.
And I have an exam tomorrow. And one the day after. And another one the day after that.
My priorities, ladies and gentlemen.
I need all the luck I can get. Then again, I’m not too worried about English. How hard can it be? I just have to write. Who am I kidding? No one. I’m most worried about my English exam. I can’t exactly study by memorizing facts or formulas.
Is it bad that my priorities are out of whack?
For one, dancing and blogging are more important to me than school and homework.
I know. I know. I know.
I’ve had people tell me school should come first.
Blah, blah, blah.
But as much as I try to change my ways, I can’t help it.
I dance, check my email, and blog before I open my bag, take out my binders, and start doing whatever my teachers assigned.
This doesn’t mean I’m failing or not doing well. Actually it’s quite the opposite.
Maybe that’s why I refuse to re-evaluate my priorities.
My observation from past years: I work much harder in the summer than I do from September to June.
- I have more time. Hence more writing magic happens.
- I have no intention to burn in the sun. So I trap myself inside approximately 166 hours every week.
- I balance work with play. Therefore motivating me to work hard in order to play just as hard.
- I balance my priorities more efficiently. Thus I feel happier.
- I’m well-rested. Which means I don’t look like a zombie every day.
- I’m not annoyed as easily. Since I do not have to see anybody I want to murder…in my next book.
I hope to continue this tradition. You should too.
Have a great summer, no matter what you’re doing, where you are, or who you’re with.
I thought it would be interesting to evaluate my life priorities at this point in time. I am in grade eleven, I am sixteen, and I am contemplating my plans for post-secondary. Also, the school year is almost over. YAY!
Anyhow, the timing is just right for this post.
I need more sleep. I crave good sleep. I want better sleep. So yes it’s definitely a huge priority.
On the bright side, I don’t care too much about school. Unfortunately, I still care. But let’s face it, who puts schoolwork before anything else? Not this girl.
This is more of a priority than schoolwork, that’s for sure. Would I sacrifice sleep for writing? You should know my answer to the previous question.
I’m not sure if I could survive a day without dancing. If anything terrible happened to me, you know it’s because I am dance deprived.
Listening to music has gotten me through a lot. And it’s easy to make time for music unlike time-consuming matters like homework.
Now you know why my average is only a 93. You also know why I don’t reply to comments at night. And for future reference you’ll know that if I disappeared off the face of this Earth, it’s because I went too long without dancing.
I can’t be in two places at once.
There is only so much I can do in one day.
There is only so much a girl can accomplish in 24 hours. That is, without compensating the quality or the integrity of said project, relationship, etc.
So if I have to sacrifice something or someone, I am deeply sorry. But I have to do what I have to do.
And call me selfish, but I need to put my own needs first and foremost.
With that being said, I advise those truly altruistic people to try it sometime.
Know when to be selfish. And know when to be unselfish.
Congratulate yourself for coming this far. How does it feel to know you’re half-way through NaNoWriMo? Pat yourself on the back—you’re getting there!
As always the question of the day follows.
Have you neglected the rest of your life?
I get it. You’re busy writing a novel. This, however, does not mean you have the freedom to ignore every person, thing, and aspect in your life.
If you have a pressing obligation you’ve overlooked for the past fifteen days, maybe now’s the time to take care of it.
Since we’re half-way through, it’s also a great time to reconsider what is important to you right now. Writing is a no-brainer but what about exercising, reading, uh…sleeping?
Schedule some time in to sort out your priorities.
Slow down and take it easy for today, will ya?
Tomorrow’s question: do your characters drive your plot?
If you are anything like me, there are times when you would rather decline all those invitations to dinners, movies, parties etc., to stay at home and write, read or maybe even blog. Anyhow, whenever you need a few excuses to explain your um, lack of presence at any event you now have a list of basic excuses to refer to as well as a few variations too so you aren’t constantly repeating yourself. Soon enough, you may find yourself repeating some of these excuses over and over again.
Practice these lies—I mean, excuses—enough times and you can lie—sorry, excuse yourself—from any event, party, movie, gathering, invite, and anything else you’ll ever need to get out of.
Say them with conviction and make yourself proud.
- I’m not feeling well.
- I’m really sick.
- I have a headache.
- I have a fever/cold/insert some life-threatening disease.
- I have an appointment.
- I have to see my eye doctor.
- I have my annual check-up on that day.
- I’m going to see my therapist.
- I am busy.
- I have work to do.
- I’m booked at that time.
- I have other *cough* obligations to attend to.
Or you can simply say straight to their face (or not):
My other priorities are more important than you.
A gentler way of putting it:
My other priorities are more important than this meeting/gathering/get-together. Maybe next time.
Whichever excuse(s) you decide to use, don’t feel guilty for being a bad friend/parent. You’re putting yourself first. Which is no easy feat.
Good for you for making time to write.