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Day One, Redux

Today was the first day of school for the kids, and the first day for me being home on my own as a full-time writer dude. I was terribly shocked to discover that things did not go exactly as planned. There were missed buses at both ends of the day, and I ended up going back to bed and sleeping later than I intended. Then at lunch, I started watching Mad Max: Fury Road, and had a little trouble pulling myself away from that.

But I still got butt in chair and made it through close to 10,000 words of revision work on Revisionary.

I’ve also discovered that the 10-hour/week job I’m hoping to pick up probably won’t happen for a few more weeks. On one level, that’s annoying. On another, well, it’s ten more hours of freedom for the next week or two!

I’m really looking forward to getting Revisionary done and turned back in, and getting back to work on Project Bob and several other ideas.

Lessons learned so far:

  • I’ll definitely need a bit more discipline when it comes to getting up and moving in the mornings, because otherwise the day is way too short.
  • I need to pick my daughter up a little after three, but she usually just goes back to her room, so I could get a little more work done after we get back.
  • My son’s bus shows up a little after four, which is probably going to be the end of my work day, unless I want to put in some evening writing.
  • It’s way too easy to get caught up in housework and other miscellaneous chores. (On the bright side, our refrigerator is much cleaner and better organized now!) I’m going to try to limit that to one chore/day, at most.
  • I was able to mostly stay off Twitter and Facebook. The only real online distraction was a couple of annoying blog comments I chose to respond to. I’ll need to keep an eye on that.

This all still feels weird, like I’m on vacation or something. This isn’t work; it’s what I did on my days off from work!

I definitely think I could get used to it.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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allbluedreams
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
I know, wrong author, wrong idea entirely, but still, I have to confess...

Since a human skull will fit (Kinda) through the dimensions of a hardcover book, every time you mention Project Bob I see a pervy talking human skull sitting on Isaac's table being taunted by Smudge. ^_^
baker_kitty
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
Love that image!
deborahblakehps
Sep. 9th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
LOL. Not a wrong author--another right one. I love that image too.

And yes, self-discipline. That's the tough part, all right. Sigh.
spacklegeek
Sep. 9th, 2015 03:25 am (UTC)
I really appreciate that you're writing about this here. It's interesting and helpful to read, especially because I'm making my own mega-life-changes next year in order to make more time to write. Thanks for sharing.
jimvanpelt
Sep. 9th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
Full Time Writer
Congrats on going full time. I completely retired from teaching this year (1/2 time last year), and I'm trying to build a useful schedule for myself. The morning nap has hit me a couple times. Right now I'm figuring out how to best promote my newest novel while writing a story a week for a year. I'm doing the Bradbury 52 stories in a year challenge he suggested. I started in March, and I'm doing story 28 this week.
mount_oregano
Sep. 9th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
I've been self-employed for decades.

Set goals, plan your day, and stick to it.

And don't do household tasks while you're on the job. You wouldn't if you were working outside of the home, and this is no different.

You still have a job. Just a different one.
celtic_catgirl
Sep. 10th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm horrible at self-scheduling if I don't write it down and put it in my calendar first.

HAVE SOME UNSOLICITED ADVICE!
self-scheduling takes a while to get used to. Especially when you've got lots of roles to fill like Jim the dad, Jim the author, Jim the housekeeper, Jim the husband, and even just being Jim. Maybe list out the different roles that you fill and what the priorities/necessary tasks for each role are and them schedule them in to your week.

(If this sounds interesting to you, check out the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, or don't)
sunlit_music
Sep. 19th, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
Congrats on becoming a fulltime winter! :D That's a major change for sure.

This is really interesting to read about. :) Thanks so much for sharing this, Jim. Good luck with sticking to a schedule and juggling your roles as dad, husband, and author. Its a huge shift from working 9am till 5pm to becoming self employed, but I think you can do it. :)
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