Transitioning into "summer"
My semester is over. Yayyy! No more school work until Fall--some internship activities in August. Between now and then, I can work on all those things I put off. But wait! I don't like doing all the things I put off. If I liked doing them, I'd have squeezed them in somehow. Furthermore, last summer, I didn't get them done either. I suspect that every time I thought about doing stuff, I found something else that I liked better. Anything else. Read. Sit-and-stare. Pick my nose. Anything!
However, I am tired of living with the chaos in my home. Tired of playing find-that-thing. Unhappy that would could be a lovely living space is filled with disorganized junk. It is past time.
So, how to do it? One think I can do is structure my days so that I have an intention going into them.
A-level: paid work, exercise, meditate, eat mindfully (i.e., self care and income), pay bills
B-level: declutter, put things away, read, unearth creative projects and work on them.
Except, I don't like the prioritizing part here. I'm putting all work and "good-for-me-stuff" first, and I can feel my demand resistance rising.
So, let's try it a different way. Days structured so that I have time to work, meditate, exercise, play and declutter, in various proportions, as needed according to deadlines and other obligations. Yes, I like this better.
So, today is Wednesday:
I have two non-negotiables: to go to the CSA and talk with my coach.
CSA is any time between 12 PM and 8 PM, with traffic best around 1:30-2:30.
Speaking with coach at 4:30
For work, I have a largish job due on the 14th, and smaller jobs due on the 10th, 13th, and 14th.
If I put in an hour on the largish job today, tomorrow, and Friday, I'll be in very good shape for next week. (And if the job is difficult or demanding, I can put more time into it as needed.)
So, today so far:
1 hour on job for next Tues
1 hr to go to CSA and back (overestimation), say 1:30-2:30, so that I have a 2 hour block between returning and talking to coach.
Talk to coach 45 min at 4:30.
When to exercise? Now would be good, *and* I don't want to. So, now would still be good. OK--after this plan, I'll go for a run/walk.
Often, when back from a run, I feel restless or at loose ends. That might be a good time to work on my paid work.
That should take me to about noon. Then, 15 min putting stuff away in my office. A break, and 15 more minutes putting stuff away.
Meditate sometime in there for 20 min. Maybe if I find myself procrastinating.
That is about as much planning as I can do for one round. It isn't a full day, and leaves lots of room for getting off track, but if I try to plan it all out, (a) I won't follow the plan and (b) demand resistance will kick up big time.
'K, at 5:45, I still haven't worked on the paying job, although I did do some minimal picking up. I also have one more non-negotiable that I'd forgotten about. I did exercise and meditate.