So here we are, a little over three weeks into the New Year. I didn’t really make resolutions this year, instead opting to begin my action plans before the calendar flipped the page. This approach made me much less stressed and burdened with expectations, which is my usual self-inflicted state during the holidays.
I also took the past four weeks (the last two of 2010, and the first two of 2011) to change things up a bit and try to find a better routine for my life and work flow. A work flow that leaves room for play. SO far — data incomplete. I really like to get up early — early early for me is around 6 a.m., and sit down to write. If I can get all of my writing for the day (750words.com warm-up, a blog post, answer pressing emails, and create any new promotional pieces or correspondence) before about 9 a.m., I am a happy camper. It hasn’t worked out that way, though. My blog poast has settled in to the afterthought category. In light of my commitment to blog every day, I realize around 10 p.m. that I haven’t completed it yet. I have one in Draft stage, not yet ready for prime time, so I have been writing and creating. However, I am learning that my peak production time is in the early morning.
Clients come when they will — that’s my whole reason for being in business, after all — and I have organized a schedule so that I see them during my best “people hours.” By 11 a.m. I am ready to emerge from solitude and my own self care, and begin to care for others. My best social time is around dinner, an early dinner, by 7 p.m. And then, I am ready to call it a day.
Moshe Feldenkrais said, “Habits are wonderful, as long as you can break them at any time.” A habit that can’t be broken is a compulsion — not a healthy or optimal state. Therefore, I like to experiment with my non-essential habits. Tooth brushing and bathing are non-negotiable. However, fine-tuning my schedule to meet my own productivity, rather than the expectations of others, has been very freeing and enjoyable. Work or sleep could easily overtake the whole schedule. Finding the nice balance of a little work, a little play, a little rest, and a little challenge each day is a skill that must be developed and tuned over time. A routine that is flexible and functional is key to accomplishment. I am thankful for the freedom I have, from within and without, to design my own best routine, whatever that might be.