Monday, February 29, 2016

The Art Of Being And Staying Organized



I am back to reviewing 2 books every month and for February, I reviewed books 1-7 of the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski and I also reviewed the Spellcaster series by Claudia Gray. Click here if you missed my review of Whatever After and click here if you missed my Spellcaster review.

I am making progress on the Creative Freedom Course by Joanna Penn which I originally started last November 17, 2015 and I just finished Module 1 last February 18, 2016 (3 months & 1 day later!). If you have not heard about Joanna's Creative Freedom Course, click here to see what it's all about. 

Now that I'm at a better place (God, that sounds like I'm dead, right?) with regards to my day job situation and have started my regular remote schedule (Mondays & Fridays for now, woo hoo!) I now have more energy to bring back my writing life into focus and I'm starting small by making sure I reach my goals of 2 book reviews per month (which will be posted as soon as the draft have been finalized) and a monthly roundup (which will be posted on the last monday of the month). In order for me to achieve these writing goals and form a writing habit that will stick and reprogram my brain, I figured that I need to organize my writing life just as I organize my day job life. 

So, I've created an entirely new calendar on iCloud and I've scheduled in my writing times, my day jobs, dinners, commute times, etc. I know a lot of people still use day planners and as much as I'd love to use those, I don't think it will work very well for me as there's no way to set an alarm on paper planners and I'd be afraid to write on it, on top of the fact that I'll most likely forget to flip through it to see what's on the calendar. I originally didn't schedule writing times during the weekends because it's usually filled with errands and/or meeting up with family and friends. What I intend to do is to wake up at six every weekend and hopefully be dressed and ready for the day between 7 AM and 8 AM and be able to carve in some writing time before errands take over. But then while recreating my calendar and color-coding it on a spreadsheet (somehow, exporting my Writing Calendar to PDF came out in 1 color and uneven lines ― weird!), I decided to put in my possible writing times. 

Below is a screenshot of what my week looks like in a very color-coded OCD way that my brain loves to work in, which comes in handy when I'm working at my day job ― not so much when I need to switch gears and indulge my creative side.  




On the yarn related side, I've also posted a blog on tips for new crocheters on finding the best hooks to work with so you can avoid spending money on hooks that you end up hating and therefore not using, which you can read here.

How are you doing with your goals? What have you been struggling with in achieving your 2016 goals? Have you thought of ways to overcome those bits of road blocks? Share them in the comments below.

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post

  • Beauty Queen (Whatever After,#7) by Sarah Mlynowski ― 2/6/2016
  • Shearwater - Part One (Ocean Depths, #1) by D.S. Murphy ― 2/11/2016
  • Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1) by James Patterson - 2/23/2016
  • 1st To Die (Women's Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson - 2/24/2016
  • The Gift (Witch & Wizard, #2) by James Patterson - 2/25/2016

Currently Reading 

  • Stone of Fire (ARKANE, #1) by J.F. Penn
  • The Fire (Witch & Wizard, #3) by James Patterson

Currently Writing

  • JJ's Baby Photo Book ― I'm waiting on getting more photos of everyone from Sean's side of the family with JJ and hopefully it will be complete and ready for printing in April/May 2016.

Finished Objects

  • Aunt Marian's Shawl - I used 4 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Midnight in the Vista colorway; 65% Acrylic, 23% Wool, 6% Metallic Polyester, 6% Nylon; Aran weight; US Size G (4.0 mm) hook; Pattern is from Red Heart North America: On The Town Shawl by Julie Farmer



Currently Knitting/Crocheting

  • My sister was so much delighted by the baby blanket I made for her soon to be born baby boy (Marcus' Baby Blanket) that she placed an order for a crocheted Pikachu toy for her baby. Which reminds me, I need to search Revelry for a good pattern or design one myself.

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