I was tempted to skip blogging today, because I’m lazy and slack, but then I realised that I wouldn’t have a chance tomorrow, Tuesdays being quite packed. It got me thinking about what I do with my time, because despite working only about three half-days a week, I always seem to be too busy for stuff. It’s hard to find a good day for using the slow-cooker, or doing some sewing, or whatever.
My weeks at the moment usually look something like this:
- Monday: a day for getting stuff done, especially around the house. It’s laundry and shopping day, and a day for more complex or experimental dinners. For some reason, I tend to achieve a lot on mondays.
- Tuesday: a long day. I work in the afternoon, and usually go in a bit early to get on with stuff before the distractions of opening hours, which doesn’t always work. After work I go into Northbridge and play some DDR before meeting friends for dinner, and we go from there to fire-twirling. On Tuesday mornings I need to remember clothes suitable for work, short sleeves and a water bottle for DDR, warm clothes for the park at night, and my fire-twirling gear. And I have to swing by the post office to collect work mail, and milk and cookies for the week.
- Wednesday: usually nothing scheduled for today. Sometimes I go in to work – it’s really peaceful on closed days, and I get lots more done. Sometimes I plan to do lots of sewing, but I nearly always end up drifting around the internet all day.
- Thursday: another work day, but with nothing else on. Again I don’t start till the afternoon, but somehow never get anything done in the morning.
- Friday: same as wednesdays, but I usually catch up with friends for dinner.
- Saturday: lately I’ve been working Saturday afternoons too, and it’s messed with my weekend more than I thought it would. But from now on I’ll have 2 Saturdays a month off, which will be nice. Got some weekend fire gigs coming up though…
- Sunday: usually spend the whole day on the couch with the internet, the wii and miscellaneous media – iview is my new faviourite thing.
There’s a lot of free time in there, which has been really good as I’ve been recovering from writing up my thesis – about three months later I’ve pretty much recovered. But now I want to start using this time usefully, with my work research project, with sewing and crochet for fun and profit, with learning to grow veggies. It feels like I waste a lot of time, but I actually get a lot more done than I did in the aftermath of The Thesis. That I actually feel capable of doing more is a very encouraging sign; after I submitted my thesis I was so exhausted I just slept in and drifted around the internet and did nothing useful whatever outside work.
In the last month or so I’ve crocheted 12 small flowers and five large ones, about 8 hours worth of crochet. I also made some pants last week, and plan to do the final adjustments to them on Wednesday. I’ve done some stuff with my leisure time! Hooray!
The current Getting Stuff Done Plan, in order:
- My research project is pretty much ready for the fieldwork/data-collection phase, and I’ve got funding for 10 hours a week on that, so that’s two days filled. I also need to save up for next month’s double whammy of car and health insurance renewals, so I think motivation will not be a problem there.
- I want to do more sewing, especially things I can sell. I’m planning to build up a stock of sewn and crocheted goodies and try them out on the uni’s fortnightly markets next semester. I’m thinking of teaming up with other creative friends – more variety and volume in stock, and more people to run stalls or look for opportunities would be a good thing.
- I’d like to start a small veggie garden, but this might have to wait until I can afford to buy some potting mix and suchlike things.