This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5
I am good at discipline. I get up every morning at 6 am and write. I have done this for the past seven years and it has become a habit. More recently, I have added a yoga routine to this as I find it helps with my general wellbeing and as a writer, it is important to look after the body. We tend to sit at desks and have bad postures.
My ideal day is structured around my family life. I am a mother of four. One of my children is at University, one is in secondary school and the two little ones are homeschooled.
In order to progress my dreams, here is what I do:
- I get up at the latest at 6 a.m.
- I do ten minutes of yoga
- I engage with people on Facebook for fifteen minutes in the groups where I want to have visibility so that people get to know and trust me. I am a member of 40 groups but probably active on a regular basis only in ten of them.
- Then I do what I need to do until 7 a.m. to either progress my writing or at the moment, progress my crowdfunding campaign.
- At 7 a.m. I wake up my teenager daughter and nudge her to get ready for school. I make her breakfast and we have a chat. This is the easiest time for us to bond as no one else is up. Her little sister, who is five, tends to barge in with attention seeking behaviours whenever I spend time with my teenage daughter so this is very important.
- My teenage daughter walks out the door at 7:45. That’s the best case scenario. At that point, everyone else in the family is still asleep and I can put another twenty minutes work. That is, of course if my daughter doesn’t need a lift to school. Note: actually today, I do have to drive her to school. Which means I need to stop this blog post for now.
Starting this blog post again at 11:20 a.m. after driving my daughter to school, off loading a load of old monitors, headphones, speakers, keyboards and mice for her art project and driving back home to do two hours of home educating with my younger two.
Normally at lunch time, I would have an hour to read a little. Maybe an article on how best to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Or listen to a podcast. But not today. I have an appointment at lunch so I need to shoot off straight after I make the kids lunch.
Usually I get an hour and half after lunch to do some work. Then it’s kiddies’ time until they are in bed. If I have to do a food shop, I will try to listen to a podcast whilst in the supermarket but it’s a new habit so sometimes I forget. Throughout the day I try to be on social media to engage with people so that they will read and comment on my posts when I share about my book in amongst the chores of the house. There is always a washing to do, dishes to wash and at the moment, I am doing a huge bout of decluttering.
I have so little time to further my dreams that every minute I have is precious and I make the most of it. It helps me to be extra focused. I am an anti-procrastinator.
I love days when my elder daughter does a sleep over because I then have two hours to do work before anyone wakes up. Then I can achieve a lot and feel super proud. But I have learnt to just go with the flow and not get frustrated when life comes in the way because it does a lot. And this is the life I chose. I chose to put my kids first. It wasn’t easy. I am such an ambitious soul. When I was a corporate lawyer, I wanted my career to be the best it could. Now, I have the wisdom to see that if something doesn’t get done one day, then there is always the next day.
At 8:30 p.m., after me and my husband have a quick dinner, I sit down at the kitchen table whilst he watches television with my elder son and if I have energy left, I fit in another hour of work. I love watching inspirational videos. I can’t do anything too active otherwise I can’t switch off my mind. It’s happened so many times before and then I don’t sleep well, and then I have to take a nap and I lose my mid-day working time and I feel annoyed with myself. It’s all about balance.
Thanks for listening.
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Blessings to you,
(c) Ange de Lumiere 2016