Welcome to day one! Thank you so much for stopping by. I want you to feel free to ask me any questions here on the forum. If there’s a question, you’d like to ask me in private please feel free to “like” my fan page and send me a personal message there. I check it every day. I have developed some interesting skills managing my time over the years and I want to share them with you. This week we are going to look at different calendar options and see what works best for you. I have four very nice versions of different calendars that I can email you or you can pick something that works for you on the web. If you are more comfortable using your smart phone or the calendar in your email that will work too. I am fond of paper calendars just because I have used them for many years. As long as you are using what works for you are using the right one.
If you go to the link above you’ll see a large variety of free calendars that you can save to your computer and print as needed. You can also buy a planner, but the free option works just as well.
Today your task is to pick out a calendar. I suggest finding one that gives you enough space to write many notes. I personally like a weekly calendar to keep track of tasks. Seeing everything, you have to do for a whole month can be overwhelming. Everyone is different and not every calendar will work for you that work for me so this is going to require some trial and error on your part. If you would like me to send, you a calendar that you can print email ashlynnmonroe (at) hotmail (dot) com.
This week I want you to write down what you do each day. We aren’t ready to build the perfect schedule because we are assessing what materials you have. Nothing is too small of a matter to leave off your list.
Here’s an example.
Go to work 8:30 am
15 minute break 11 am
Lunch 1 pm
15 minute break 3 pm
Arrive home at 6 pm
Check Facebook and Twitter feeds 6-6:18 pm
Feed pets at 6:18 pm
Make supper 6:20 pm
Eat 6:45 pm
Work on homework with kids at 7 pm
Take walk 7:30 pm
Get kids ready for bed at 8 pm
Watch TV and play Candy Crush 8:00 pm until 10:20 PM
Get ready for bed and go to sleep 10:30 pm
I am not out to single handedly destroy the Candy Crush cyber empire. I do not want you to think my goal is to destroy fun. What this exercise is about is looking for writing opportunities. This is a typical night for most people I know. Life is fast paced and there are many obligations each of us has to meet each day. I see seven potential writing slots without giving up a single thing…even Candy Crush. Next week I will show you how to slip writing into your life without sacrificing what you need to do or like to do. All things are good in moderation. Time management should really be considered a time budget. You get 24 hours each day to spend and only seven days each week. In the next two weeks, I’m going to show you how to identify areas where you would like to invest more of your time and areas where you should be stingy with your precious resources. Today I want you to find a calendar and use it to track what you do instead of what you need to do. Keep track all week and over the weekend. Monday I will show you how to evaluate what you do and where to start spending your time wealth wisely.
500 word challenge!
To so of us 500 words sound like a breeze, but some days 500 words can feel like a mountain you have to climb. Writing is a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it. No matter what is going on in your life, I hope you’ll accept my 500-word challenge. Starting today, I hope you will write 500 words or more every day. I hope they’ll be on a current work-in-progress, but if you don’t have anything specific you can start with my three word prompt. Write a paragraph or two that is at least 500 words using three preselected words…now you only have 497 to go!
The words for 9-9 are yellow, eyes, and run. Let your imagination flow from these or add 500 to what you are writing now. http://ashlynnmonroe.com/