Adding Hours to the Day

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tonight, a long post to make up for the crappy little posts I’ve been guilty of lately.
I managed to get my essay in a whole day ahead of schedule. I’m not entirely sure what that means as far as quality goes, but I will say that finishing it was not easy. I have so many distractions in my world right now it’s a wonder I get anything done.
My hubby is gone again, hopefully he’ll be back no later than Friday, but with the way this particular project has been going, I’m not holding my breath. I’m getting a little more used to it, really. And thanks to the prescription the GP gave me, I haven’t had a sip of Gaviscon in two days, so I no longer want to curl up in a corner and die. That is certainly making being on my own a bit more bearable. Now if only I could find a few more hours in the day.
I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately. You see, since the consultant announced that he wants to induce me two weeks early, I feel like time is slipping away too fast. Now don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for Scarlett to be here, but there was so much I wanted to get done first.
In light of this, I’ve been taking a closer look at how I spend my time. Since I am trying to get ahead on university assignments, I can honestly say that I’ve spent more time studying lately. Or maybe just cramming, but whatever. I’ve also noticed that I have spent less time on Twitter and FaceBook (that was a big surprise, I tell you).
Am I finding tome to write? The truth is, right now I am not. I honestly can’t find a free hour anywhere. Even after bedtime, when I used to write, is now filled with studying and housework.  Of course, lately I haven’t even thought to write that late since by the time the monster is in bed I’m lucky if I can create a full, coherent sentence. Tonight, I’m exhausted, but I’m writing this. Of course, I keep going back to change words and cut full sentences which make no sense.
Right this second, I refuse to feel guilty for not writing every day, or even every week. Now, I know I will never finish my WIP unless I get my ass in gear, but there’s a whole lot taking up my time right now. I honestly cannot not think of a single hour in my day I could commit to writing.
That’s how I know I need to stop looking for time in my day to write. I need to add time—specifically for writing—to my existing day. In other words, if I can’t shift things to get a free hour, I need to get up an hour earlier to write. I need to actually ADD an hour to my day. Much easier said than done.
I’ve had a read of a few studies on optimal sleep times and it would seem that anywhere between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of sleep a night is ideal. There’s even a study that says it doesn’t matter how many hours you get as long as you are in bed before midnight. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I’m getting right now, but it sure as hell isn’t the ideal amount and more often than not I’m crawling under the covers after midnight.
All I can figure is that if I’m going to get up earlier each day, I’m going to have to sort out my sleep schedule. Which will become a mess again once Scarlett is born, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Starting next week, I am going to experiment with sleep times and see if I can get myself to a schedule of some sort.
To make this plan work, I need to locate my willpower, which, judging by the massive pink shopping spree I went on today, may be forever lost. I only have 4 weeks to change my routine before the baby comes along and changes it to suit her needs. I’m hoping if I can get into a few habits I will be more likely to maintain them once she’s born.
Now, what to dedicate this specifically created time to… I said in my last post that not only was I going to talk about finding time to write, but also about what I have decided with regards to which WIP to pursue—the Intrigue or the American Romance. I still haven’t had time to look at either, but I did schedule (on my handy little to-do app) a time line for completing the HAR ahead of the HI. I gave myself until last week to immerse myself in chapter one (which is already written and only needs a little tweaking). So, Valentine Bride it is! It just feels right. (There’s a blurb on my romance page if you are interested.)
It’s now 2356. At this rate there’s no way I’ll make the midnight bedtime, but I’m off to try.
Night all!

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