I am really really craving a day OFF. One thing I am really committed to doing in 2024 is more intentional scheduling for my podcast/etc work. I do think I’ve done a great job finding a productive rhythm this year — when I first started, I’d have an unstructured day and be a bit uncertain about what to prioritize.
(Not understanding the ‘next action’ in things like like course creation was part of it – it was a whole learning curve!)
Now I never feel unsure about what to do on a Tuesday or Thursday. I usually have multiple things “due” (episodes to record, interviews to do, courses to teach, etc). BUT I have very little time blocked out to:
a- Just think about things!
b- Deal with non-urgent backend things like website design stuff or how to film a video effectively
(I guess I just end up doing “a” randomly- when on planes, when I’m running, randomly, and “b” is probably less about time than about ‘things I don’t like to deal with so I don’t prioritize them’. But you get my drift.)
I also do spend some Tues/Thurs time doing kid-related things: doctors’ appointments (including a small # of specialist appts), orthodontist, dentist, eye doctor, plus my OWN appointments for those things – it adds up!
SO. I’m trying to take a more birds-eye view of my calendar. I almost always think about time in weeks, but for my creative work it probably makes sense to look at months, too. Looking at months can help me see if I have any time reserved for (a) and (b) and may help me avoid scenarios like yesterday where I had an absolutely packed day (mostly “on-stage” type time involving me talking into a mic) after a full week of call and yes I survived but it just felt like a bit too much in that context even if it would have been a great day on another week.
I have 6 call weeks/year, so it might be reasonable to really try to protect those post-call Tuesdays as chill time. I also want to protect seasonal planning sessions for myself.
This weekend Josh is on call so while I’m not working I’m definitely on primary parent duty. That said, at this point, I’ll take it. As long as the calendar is relatively clear of other obligations. At least the kids have reached an age where solo parenting isn’t QUITE as taxing as it was.
I want a massage. (On that note, am trying to figure out if I can fit monthly massages into my allowance in 2024. It sounds like the pinnacle of luxury to get a message every single month and I feel like maybe it would be worth it because . . . YOLO.).
(In other news . . . Josh is injured – he think maybe a piriformis issue — and cannot run the JAX marathon either so we have canceled our hotel and now are not going 🙁 We are both determined to come back strong in 2024 though and I think I have convinced him to register for Bayshore with me!).
PS: I’m sorry I really don’t mean to come across as complain-y. I feel very lucky for the overall situation I have. But I am just really craving a break from . . . hearing my own voice (talking to patients OR into a mic!!!). I think it WILL be doable with a little of intentional calendar management though.