I’ve been getting some inspiration from Dave’s Blog. Finding where my joy comes from, and also getting back to scheduling so I am able to do, if not all, then a lot of things I love every day. I am a scheduler by nature, but honestly have never scheduled in specific leisure activities. I always scheduled my appointments, work requirements, school assignments, kids’ activities, etc… I even scheduled in when I would clean out the pantry, or declutter the garage. One year I scheduled a purge/cleaning of one room of the house for each month of the year. Including the garage and bathrooms, we have 15 total rooms, so I doubled up the first few months, when I was really motivated. It was the year our second child went off to college back east, and I not only cleaned and decluttered both boys’ rooms, I repainted and redecorated them as well. That was quite a year, and needless to say, it was all before d-day. After January, 2014, I didn’t go down to the lower level of our house for three full years. Now that is crazy!
I like to do a lot of different things and then there are the things I don’t love so much and which I have always scheduled so I was sure to get them done. Sometimes doing the things I have to do didn’t leave much time for the things I want to do. I have been reading, A LOT. Now that the weather is warmer and less rainy, I will schedule in more garden time than reading time. I haven’t been painting, but I think doing an online painting or drawing class will motivate me to find that special painting spot (if nothing else, I’ll do some plein air: outdoor painting), and I also really need to schedule in at least an hour to work on writing that mystery novel. It’s something I want to finish some day. I need to take at least two walks a day, or other exercise, so that will go in as well as cooking and I want to get to sleep earlier, and get up earlier, so that’s a priority.
I’m looking forward to scheduling the hours to do all the activities I enjoy.