Friday, January 29, 2016

Setting up a daily schedule

I've been thinking a lot about my daily schedule lately.  I posted recently about some concerns I had regarding the barn and how that'll affect my chances of sticking to a work schedule.  I also think it's important to have at least a loose schedule in place, though, if I'm going to be at all productive.

I have considered a few different possibilities for working around my barn chores.  I could, for example, plan on going first thing every morning, getting my chores done, and then heading home to work.  I could also plan on doing my admin stuff in the morning, heading to the barn for a bit, and then returning home to focus on client work.

But then there's also my goal of riding more in 2016.  Riding means taking longer at the barn.  I could plan that into my day and work later into the evening.  I could also plan on devoting more time to the barn one or two days a week, and fully intend to work longer hours the other days to make up for it.

So many factors to consider...

After some consideration, I think I'm going to go with Option B: doing admin and marketing stuff in the morning, going to the barn, and then focusing on client work in the afternoon.

I have a few reasons for liking this option.  One, my productivity was best years ago, when I interrupted my work "day" by doing admin stuff in the afternoon, spending some of the evening hours with my then-husband, and then working late into the night.  I'm hoping that the interruption midday of going to the barn will help to break up my admin tasks from my client work, in case it was the break that made me productive, and also allow me to work a little later in the day, when I'm more alert.

Two, since I don't wake up well in the mornings, I really like slow mornings, spent drinking tea and working on easy stuff.  This plan would allow me that luxury.

A couple days a week, I'll also plan for a longer visit at the barn, so that I can stay long enough to ride after my chores are done.  I think I'm going to plan for some flexibility in this: On days when I don't have much admin work to do in the morning, I'll head straight over there earlier, or just stay later into the afternoon if I can spare the project time.  Certain days will be better for working later than others, so that may factor into my decision too.  As a rough goal, though, I'd like to make time to ride three times a week (counting one day on the weekends), plus some days I have more time-consuming chores to do than others.

I'm fully aware that this schedule will need some tweaking as I figure things out, but this is good as a start!

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