For the past two weeks I’ve been journaling my new schedule. I have a list of tasks that I need to accomplish, grouped in ways that make the most sense logistically. There are blocks of time set aside to get those action items accomplished. But I’ve also been writing down what I actually accomplish, how long things take, and things that come up that I hadn’t accounted for.
It feels like busy work sometimes, but I’m gathering data so that I can adjust my work flows and be more efficient and productive. This is the reality of being self-employed. My main resource is time, so I need to budget and spend it in ways that yield the best results. I need to be able to squeeze every ounce of value out of my work day.
Journaling also lets me document my distractions. I take note of what I’m feeling when my focus starts to wander. This means that I’m taking self care into account, my own physical and mental health needs. I have the freedom to adjust my schedule so that I can meditate, take a walk, or even have a nap if necessary. Since I often put in 12 hour work days, that’s important to include in my daily routine.
By journaling my new schedule I’m trying to work smarter, rather than harder. This entire year has been a test run for a lot of production flows, to see how long it takes me to perform specific types of projects. Now I’m getting down to the day-to-day, hour-to-hour work flows. All of this feeds into the production schedule for Dancing Lights Press in 2018, so I can actually announce what books are coming and when they’ll be released.