Pax (funcrunch) wrote,

Getting organized

Wednesday will mark four full years since I left full-time employment. While I've accomplished some important things during that time - starting a photography business, attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, and learning to play the bass - I have not succeeded in structuring my days so I can Get Stuff Done.

Things I believe I should be doing on a daily basis include:

- Outdoor aerobic exercise
- Stretching and strengthening
- Volunteer work OR work on home businesses
- Cooking
- Housecleaning
- Music practice
- Language study
- Meditation

This might sound like a lot, but broken down into average amounts of time I believe I should spend per day yields:

- 1 hr aerobic exercise* (running, walking, or combo)
- 1 hr stretching and strengthening (yoga)
- 4 hrs volunteer work (Food Not Bombs, Free Farm, Free Farm Stand) or business (Funcrunch Photo**, SFLasertag)
- 1 hr cooking (should be able to cut this down significantly once I get more proficient at it)
- 1 hr housework (ditto above)
- 1 hr music practice (bass, piano, voice, or combo)
- 30 min language study (Spanish audio course currently)
- 30 min meditation (can be partly combined with yoga, above)

That's ten committed hours a day, average. Add in eight hours for sleep*** and two for bathing/dressing/eating, and that still leaves four hours of uncommitted time to do what I please. (Some of the volunteer work does involve commute time as well, but much of the time I can walk which can count as part of the aerobic exercise, as long as I do it briskly.)

I think the biggest obstacle to Getting Stuff Done is the amount of time I've been spending online, particularly on social networking. When I unplugged for nine full days during my retreat last summer, I accomplished the vast majority of my daily goals.

So I think after I post my last VeganMofo entry on Wednesday, I'm going to have to severely cut back on my online time in order to get more of my goals accomplished. I've tried to establish "Internet hours" in the past with little success, so I'll have to come up with a more effective method...

* I know I don't need a full hour a day of aerobic exercise to stay healthy, but I want to do this to help accomplish my goal of becoming faster at races.

** Though I am no longer taking on clients, I am still licensing images, and my catalogs and web sites are badly in need of maintenance and updating.

*** I'm no longer willing to sacrifice sleep. I need at least 7 hours plus a 15 minute nap daily to function well, even if it means going to bed before 10 p.m. (which I should have done tonight rather than staying up late web-surfing and typing this blog entry).

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