Today I wanted to give you a little peek into what I do on a daily/weekly/yearly basis. Being a somewhat systematic person I have various things I do every day, and I much prefer to get one task completely out of the way before moving on to the next one, rather than doing little bits of each task every day. When I work on something all at once, I'm able to put the concentrated effort into it that I need. So each day of the week I focus on something specific.
My clock goes off at 6:45, and I never trust myself to hit the snooze button. I 've never tried the walk across the room system; I just get up and get going. After starting with prayer, I read my Bible within about 15 minutes of getting up. It's the most important way to start my day, and though I slip up a few times, I generally don't turn on my computer or check email until those two things are done. I've never done prayer journals or writing down verses that impact me, though I like the idea. I merely read. Though I do have a prayer system: I use the ACTS acronym that Joel Beeke mentioned once, as it's very helpful to keep me focused. ACTS stands for Adoration (praising God for who He is) Confession, Thanksgiving (thanking God for what he has done) and Supplication. I read about 4 to 5 chapters in the Bible every morning, as I read through the Bible once every year, and I'm about half-way through my 12th year of doing that. I used to read a little in different books, but my organization streak won out, and now I'm reading Genesis to Revelation. This chart is a great one, and I highly recommend it.
Then I get to see what's in my Gmail box, check social networking, and shape up what needs to be done for the day. By 8:00 I'm ready for the day, and have generally started a blog post, making yogurt, or responding to emails, as well as making breakfast for whoever happens to be up.
Morning is either studying time or general household work. From 8:45 to about 11:00 I do a huge number of things that vary from day to day, whether it be catching up on correspondence, making cookies, cleaning the house, or preparing for Junior B.'s geography, as well as studying for the things that I have coming up. Also working on my GNOWFGLINS ecourse, which I am eagerly anticipating getting back to after a concentrated time getting ready for our homeschool convention. I have a morning playlist on Spotify that I use to get me started when I happen to be working on the computer.
After lunch we always have a literary half-hour, where we take turns picking books to read aloud. Then I work from 2:00-4:00 on editing my novel-in-progress and doing research. That generally sees me with about 20 tabs open on Internet Explorer (the bane of my existence, but Firefox isn't much better.) I have a sort of afternoon playlist, I suppose, though not a formal one. After supper I'm generally either attending a Bible Study or studying again (with my Celtic playlist! That's always the evening one.)
And after I turn the light out to go to sleep, I always grope around for the pen and notebook to write down the inspiration that just has to come at 11:00 at night.
Every Monday I exercise, edit about 2,000 words, and respond to any blog comments that I wasn't able to get in before Sunday. Mondays are also my days to study for Bright Lights right now, which generally takes me about 2-3 hours to get the lesson ready, and then I pick songs and organize the activity as well.
Tuesdays are blog post day! Right after breakfast I work on that until I hit the Publish button. ;) Which sometimes means writing a straightforward book review, and sometimes means researching an article. This is also another heavy editing day, when I try to reach another 2,000 words. 2,000 words means all that and the research necessary to reach that goal, so sometimes it's fast and sometimes it's slow, depending on what I need to look up. I tell you, writing is all about the loopholes to make the plot credible.
Wednesday is another exercise day, and my third and final editing day of the week, where I pull out another 2,000 words and the accompanying research. Then I send of the chapter to my first round of beta readers and print it out for Junior B. I also make supper every Wednesday, and either attend ICBF (which alternates Wednesdays and Thursdays) or another Bible study. In the summertime I generally make time to weed the garden on Mondays or Wednesdays.
On the weeks when I don't have Bright Lights I attend ICBF in the evenings and spend the day getting ready for Friday's blog post, so I'll have a free morning on Friday. On the days when I do have Bright Lights, I spend the day getting ready the various things for that: we have tea in real teacups, thanks to a collection one of my aunts provided me with, and I also get the house ready, which keeps us accountable in keeping everything tidy. :)
On Fridays I post and/or write the blog post, and have great fun discussing it with all of you. :) I also exercise on the bike and resistance bands, and Junior B. and I do geography together. Which may include going into fits of laughter over our propensity to sing Scottish songs when we're studying Europe. And often includes planning meals with dishes like Rumbledethump and trying to shock our family members with the odd names. Every Friday I make supper as well, and sometimes try to get a little editing done in the evening if I am able. And every other Friday I have a long phone chat with long-distance friends.
Saturday is another day of work, depending on what I have left-over from the week. This is also the day where I help my family with our little entrepreneurial adventure, which I'll be announcing soon here on the blog. :) We're pretty excited about it, and we hope you will be to!
Sunday is strictly a day of rest and worship. I take off blogging and most social networking, though I do some blog hopping and attend to personal correspondence in the afternoons and evenings. I also gobble down as many pages as I possibly can in the books I'm reading, as this is pretty much the only time I read at this stage of my life, unless I have tasks finished early before I go to bed, or we're travelling somewhere. (As I have the talent of being able to read in the car.)
Not included in this list are personal and ministry correspondence, and all those little and big projects which come up on a weekly basis--which go through so fast that sometimes I can't remember what they are. :)
One of my big projects involved speaking at the MI homeschool convention, which just happened. Coming up I'm planning an evening tea to celebrate my Bright Lights group's one year anniversary of meeting, and that should be great fun. In August I'll be helping out with the Bright Lights conferences coming to Michigan, which, if you live in Michigan, I highly recommend attending if at all possible. :) And in the fall, I'm contemplating trying out a webinar class in literature and reading discernment, which I will dedicate a whole post to when I have further plans cemented. Also, my goal is to finish two passes through my novel this year, which is ambitious but do-able I think.
So there you have it! That's a little and abbreviated peek into what I do in a weekly basis, and here for your viewing pleasure are pictures of my writing nook, manuscript, and a portion of my book collection:
My current reading stack. The Silmarillion, which I got at a book sale last summer; A Lost Pearle, which my father treated me to at the INCH convention. (!) and The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which is 1,200 pages long.
My favorite shelf of books. And my only full shelf of books. :) The rest are scattered hither and yon; there is a system of sorts, though I would be the only one who can find anything.
This is my precious manuscript. I wrote all 475 pages by hand, as I didn't have a computer available at the time. And oh, my, is this a treasured stack of paper.
Inside this little notebook are all the plans, plots, and climaxes for my manuscript. Needless to say, no one has ever read it.
And Junior B. would dearly love to peek behind these pages, as the fate of her favorite character appears in my plans for the sequel to the above manuscript.
This is Homeschool Diaries, written by an angel and somehow left in my notebook. ;) You'd be most surprised what guardian angels like to remember about their earthly charges. A satire in the works. (And don't try to save the picture to read the page. Ahem.)
This is where the Great American Novel and most of my blog posts are written. Who'd a thunk? My best office, and under the bed storage makes great desk drawers.