Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Taking Charge of My Workday

I'm feeling unusually CLEAR-EYED today, because of an exercise in time-monitoring.

For the next couple of weeks at least, I'm tracking HOW I SPEND MY WORK TIME AS A WRITER and where I spend my money.

It's a trifle irritating to be watching myself so closely. One the other hand, the effort is giving me a POWER RUSH. I feel as if I'm in charge of what I'm doing.

Of course, being self-employed I should feel that way. But often instead, I feel that time has slipped by and I'm not quite sure where. Same with money.

Now I'm watching where they go, with special interest in time, whether any given moment is spent on art, administration, consulting, or promotion of my work.

It makes me feel uncommonly brave simply to be willing to do this. Because I suspect that some days I HIDE OUT by busying myself with administration--tearing the edges off sheets of stamps, etc.

I tried this monitoring once before, very briefly, and it made me much more effective and CONFIDENT. I'm curious to see what fuller information will do.

9 comments:

billie said...

Will look forward to updates on how this goes... I think it's easy to get swallowed by the "paperwork" and/or the work itself, and not get to the important promoting piece.

Or conversely get caught up in promoting when there isn't something yet ready to be promoted.

As in so many things, a balanced approach is key.

But hard to achieve - especially when there isn't a "regular" work day or paycheck.

Peggy said...

I "lost" for a while my records on yesterday's time-- 2nd day of the tallying. That means it's an important undertaking. I tend to "lose" things that have to do with mindfulness as well.

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