Day 178– 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Realistic Expectations

Because I’m working on my presentation on budgets, I figured there are some areas of my life which have gotten out of whack. One of which has been time management.

Honestly, budgeting and time management are similar subjects. They both have limits and require me to prioritize what’s important.

Lately, I’ve been disappointed in how I’ve been spending my time, so I figured I should take the strategy I use for budgeting and apply them to time management.

The first step was to create a vision of how I wanted my days to look. This is called the perfect day exercise. I’ve read about it in several self help books. I figured it would be a good place to start.

This part is general. For example, I wrote down I wanted to work on creative projects that I cared about with people who respected me, and I respected them. There are a lot of things that can fit that definition. I could draft quilt patterns. I could plan a garden. I could write a novel or a play or poetry. The creative pursuits is the only constant in that definition and also who I would want to work with.

Then I started listing all the tasks from that perfect day and an estimated completion time. Remember how I felt disappointed in myself for not doing enough? When I wrote down everything, I wanted to do every day, I came up with 9 hours of tasks. And that’s not counting my day job.

No wonder I’ve been feeling like I couldn’t make any progress. I had set up unrealistic expectations for myself

I’m working through the list of tasks now and realize I cannot do everything every day. I cannot work on creating eBooks every day and honestly, I won’t need to. I just feel that pressure because I haven’t done that in years so I have short stories that I could publish but haven’t gotten around to it.

I’d love to be able to publish a new short story a week. Maybe I’ll be able to do that in the future, but right now I don’t even have a workable schedule.  I don’t have an editor lined up. I haven’t made eBook covers in years. I don’t know how long things take to get done. And I haven’t listed priorities.

I’ll just need to start and adjust. When it comes to budgeting the rule is that it takes 3 months to find a realistic budget that works for someone. The first budget created is totally unrealistic. Someone figures they can eat at home all the time and cut all forms of entertainment. That doesn’t last long. The second month is an overcorrection, and the third month is when it becomes a doable

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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