On Scheduling

Yes, I am sick and tired (but mostly tired) of staying up late in order to get writing and homework done. I have a horrible habit of getting home after school and not doing anything productive until about 10:30. I've never worked by a schedule before, but I hope this works out for me in the end. My "must-do"s are listed in order of priority, and I hope they will help with my motivation to write.

1. 4:00 - 4:30: Rest

2. 4:30 - 6:30: Homework

3. Homework done: Write

4. Written 200+ words: Any other activities

The other activities can include playing games, Critique Circling, surfing the internet, watching TV, showering, playing music, etc. Doesn't matter whether it's leisure, duties or necessities. The one day the schedule's been in place, it's worked. I wrote part of an essay which I wouldn't have done any on unless I knew I was going to sit down and do some homework at 4:30.

At this point, I know I can't play my new game until I've done some homework and written my words. The desire to play the game is keeping me to my word, and hopefully will continue to do so.


zellakate said...

Oh, Ryan, I empathize with you greatly. I usually am good about getting my homework done, but lately I have had no initiative. Between writing for my blogs, playing on Twitter, working on some poems for a school contest, and CC, I find myself playing with those things and not doing homework. I have gotten to where if I need to do homework and need the computer, I shut off my internet connection until I am done. I also time myself and give myself a curfew. I know I have only a couple of hours to get something done, so it makes me focus more.

Good luck with your new schedule! :)

Ryan Sullivan said...

I'm the same in that I get easily distracted by social sites (Facebook in my case) and, predominantly (yes, I said it!), CC.

It's great that you are able to give yourself a curfew and stick to it. I have had far too many a late night.

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