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Today I have 45 minutes more to do of some job work (as you can tell, I have to track my hours.)  But I am feeling stuffed (from lunch out, with S., despite it being 5 hours since) and disinclined to move.  Or think.

Today was a decent day, actually  I went to my music lesson, did some laundry.  Mailed a letter.  Did 2.25 hours of work already.  I even scheduled myself to make a chocolate pie, but moping about (because I didn't want to concentrate and therefore was easily distracted) ate up a lot of that time.

There has to be a way to get myself out of all this housework and admin stuff I wind up doing. Perhaps I need an assistant (for maybe two hours a week).  Or perhaps I need to get rid of every superfluous thing I own.  Then I wouldn't need to find shelf space for it.

I'd really like to delve into fanfic and fanwriting and write some Twelve fic. But I have Things to Do in the real world and public hobbies I got involved in (training, music lessons, tango class) so I can't spare the time.

I don't know how those of you who "make time" for writing manage it.  Are you more disciplined than me?  (so you don't need to finish your job work on the weekend.)  Or is writing your only non-job activity?  Or does someone else clean the kitchen?  I don't even know how those of you who read library books find the time.

... well, the first thing is probably to drop the black/white thinking that says that I must do everything perfectly or sink into a demoralized stupor.

I am hoping to find a resolution to act that includes making that chocolate pie. 


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Feb. 15th, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
I will say I can't write unless the house is clean. I am so weird like that.

Oh! And I've found it's much easier keeping the house clean since I've been systematically tackling the clutter. Giving away or throwing out tons of stuff. It's been a two-year process but things got so much better. I focus on one general area (like a closet or a corner of the attic) a month. And during Lent I try to make a weekly purge & donation without getting the tax receipts since that's not why I'm doing it. With Ash Wednesday this week, maybe try to make the same challenge?
Feb. 16th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
I can write while the house is messy, but that's because my house is almost never tidy by my own power. If it gets clean, it's because someone else did it.

Certain areas of my home are marvels of organization, but they are few.

I really need to clean out my spare room closets (which are actually among the tidiest places in here) and the accumulation of never-used Vogue patterns and Liberty fabrics I have there, from my just-past-student days. I made about five pounds an hour and I spent what I didn't need for food on fabric, or yarn.

I will never use them. And I realized a few years ago that, what with the internet and having a job and all, I could buy more Liberty fabrics should I ever feel the need.

I can part with these. They migth even be considered "vintage". (I bought them almost 30 years ago. They're uncut.)

Feb. 16th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
I can't recommend this enough. (Tl;dr 350 words a day, 5 days a week) If it works for me, it'll work for anyone.

No schedule, self-imposed or not fails to make me bitterly rail against it. To-do lists are paralyzingly stressful, calendars made me tired, file folders are places where important paperwork goes to die and be forgotten. I will not be managed or organized.

But that works. Even with my chaotic, non-linear writing.

Edited at 2015-02-16 09:50 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
That does seem cool! And do-able!
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