Okay, I have no frame of reference, but that is precisely what it feels like coming out of the Easter break. Four days went by in a blink, one day merged with another - literally since I stayed up all nights and went to sleep at stupid hours.
Glad to say that I managed to stick to my editing, though all the rest of the goals went out of the window from Saturday night till Monday night. The break started out productively enough, with Thursday night, and Friday and Saturday quite well covered with editing, reading, writing craft related goals. But then on Saturday night, hubby gave me his monitor because he bought a new one.
This one has some problems, which for him - as a proper gamer - are not acceptable. But it's still better than my old monitor, and since I only use my desktop to play Sims 3, and occassional writing/editing when I want a change of scene, it works fabulous. Sims looked so amazing on this one that I had to play a little. Of course once I played a little, I was done for.
This got me thinking about time and how it works. During normal working week, I am so conscious of lack of writing time that my evenings are usually productive, and if they are not, I feel immensely guilty. I have improved a little because I do try to remember that I am allowed to have fun and relax. But as a rule, I have huge to-do lists waiting (writing related or learning related). I think it's because I feel that because I have to "waste" my time all day doing stuff I don't want to do, in the evenings I try to make the best use of it by pursuing my dream.
Yet, when I have a week or so off, productivity is rarely as much as I expect it should be. If I were to base my schedule on how I get things done in the evening, in one full week off from work, I should be super productive. But that's not the case. Routine breaks, sleeping habits change, lathargy steps in, and the desire to just chill and have fun, and do stuff later kicks in. I usually do get the important stuff that I know I must and have deadlines for - like editing for example, or writing during NaNo, but other stuff that I need to do but don't have deadlines sort of falls behind.
That made me wonder about being a full time writer, and whether I could be productive writing full-time. I tell myself that it would be different because writing will be my full-time job, and I will have free time for hobbies - whereas right now I have a full time job and my free time is spent towards writing goals. Yet, I can't help but occasionally wonder if i would need to keep at least part time job to keep me in some sort of routine. I know this isn't today's problem or even tomorrow's but we are writing - building castles in the air is our trade ;)
Okay that's enough of my ramble - how about you? Do you manage to stick to your schedules with disciplined? Do you make use of holidays from your regular jobs? Are you super disciplined people that I am going to be intensely jealous of and wish that my parents had sent me to nunnery to learn discipline? Or do you fall of the productivity wagon to do frivolous things some times - like play computer games or watch tv or just sleep? (I never do the latter - that would drive me crazy if I wasted free days sleeping)