I came across this infographic on Tumblr the other day, and just really liked it. I think it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by life, especially if you’re working online, and sometimes it’s important to take a step back and assess everything.
There are things on here that I should do – like turning off the internet when I’m writing. I’ve found using the Pomodoro Technique helpful with that, though – I simply don’t switch out of my writing program for the 25 minutes that I’m writing, and that’s that. I’m always thankful that I work relatively fast, so even on a bad day when I only get that 25 minutes of focused time, I usually manage somewhere around 1000 words.
Email checking I’m bad on, since my phone alerts me, and if it’s near me, I tend to pick it up and check my inbox. Twitter and Facebook I only check at the beginning and end of the day (and sometimes not then).
I’m sure I can do things better. Then, of course, I have a toddler in the house, which means that all plans can go awry in a heartbeat. I’m just thankful that he’s generally well behaved, non destructive, and that I have family who help me get writing time.
And that said, I’m going to get away from the computer for the morning and the husband and I will take the kid swimming.