After writing the second part to the story (originally a flash fiction) for last Friday, I found myself wondering what I’d write about for today, Tuesday. Yes, I still have a list of prompts tucked away in my blog folder on OneDrive, but I want to save those for Fridays. Why? I haven’t the foggiest — even after writing the post I published yesterday.
I did notice that the push for organizing, scheduling, and goal setting were hot topics for the start of the new year. Yes, I know that the first month is gone. You may be wondering why I’m even bothering to bring these three subjects up so late. Maybe it is too late or maybe it isn’t.
I find it impossible to make plans that go far into the future. What I mean by this is anything further ahead than a month is something I can’t deal with because of all the ‘ifs’, ‘ands’, and ‘buts’ of what could happen between now and then. This is just a problem I have because of General Anxiety Disorder. With me, in particular, it’s that feeling of being overwhelmed. So, I try my best to work around this awful feeling so I can function normally — that is as normally as a crazy old woman can.
This does tie into the ideas of organization, scheduling, and goal setting. Discipline and work ethic does and should play a big part in getting these mindsets into action.
When I think of work ethic, I assume that most people know what good work habits are. Should I assume such a thing? You’ll have to answer this for me. I associate the term, work ethic, with something positive. It’s automatic for me. If it’s being talked about, it’s the good side of it. Sure, it can be discussed in negative terms, like the lack of work ethic. Even so, the root term is still positive.
What is your work ethic? Mine is work until I’m tired, take a fifteen to twenty-minute break, and get back to work. However, when I get so tired or weary, I figure it’s time to stop for the day. The way I know that it’s time to quit until tomorrow is there’s too much repetition going on because I can’t remember what I did last clearly enough.
Discipline is difficult for me lately, at least the way I think of it. My idea of discipline is scheduling, habits that stick, and doing away with excuses.
I make out a schedule for the things I want to accomplish, trying not to cut the time for each active short but also, not giving so much time that I think I can get lazy or bored. Example: 2.5 hours per day for writing on my novel project, 3 hours (split) per day to read blogs and write comments, 2.5 hours per day for housework.
This schedule should be working, but I’m having trouble getting my butt into gear every day for one or two of these activities. I understand that a schedule should have some flexibility. And I am allowing for that. I’m letting things distract me that I should be able to quash, or, if not, put to the side until later.
Making the habit of this schedule stick is probably part of my problem. After all, the holidays throw many people off their routines, right? Okay, maybe not many, but I’m sure there are some anyway. Another reason I shun the holiday season.
Now then, am I making excuses? Is admission an excuse? Probably, especially if I don’t rectify these things that are stopping me from doing what I want to achieve.
Are you following through on your plans for this year? Or are you having problems too?