Posts Tagged ‘Routines’

Personal

April 1, 2010

Though it seems like my routine broke down and I am back to my old self I still see positive change in my life. I have an idea and I am off to write a book. Well at least I will try. May be it’s another adventure to take that may lead away from success but isn’t it what I am good for :).
I will keep on writing since it was my desire for a long time and now I need to hang on there and see where this road will lead me.
On the other hand I feel like my desire to apply to college grew and so I am checking that out. Hopefully I will apply for Summer Quarter.

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Time to write

March 24, 2010
I had so many thought and now they are gone. There is only one truth, if you are not pushing forward you are going back. It’s not a plateau, friend. It’s not a plateau. That’s why I think Christianity is so amazing. We all did not push forward, but rather went down. So deep. There was no way and no redemption for us. Until Christ. I somehow managed to be on a top for a while. Somehow I kept my routine and developed a habit and one day it was gone like I didn’t have any strength left. “Push forward, just do it.” Yeah, right. There was no way in me.

Fail. New Beginning

February 12, 2010

Fail.

Last night was disastrous concerning my routines. Extended family get together, going to bed late and staying in bed way past my usual time to get up.  Now there is much more about the family that I want to describe, emotionally and relationally so I can feel almost justified about breaking my routines. But the truth is a red reminder on my calendar.  What’s missed writing, wake up time, devotional time.

New Beginning.

I like this part. As life goes on we cannot stay in the past but move on with life. Every new day is a new beginning.  Or as I read somewhere: “Your mercies are new every morning”.

So I go on.

Decision

February 9, 2010

Over the last few weeks I had some questions about writing and got some good feedback. Great!  Where do I go from here?

  1. Add a routine of writing every day.
  2. Going to look for counseling about college and possible enrollment into a summer quarter.
  3. Add intentional reading time to a day routine as well.  Any suggestions?
  4. Question.  What is/was the most useful resource in your writing development?  Book, blog, anything.

Routines seem to be a good thing for me. Somewhere before the New Year I started a routine of getting up at 6:00 am and so far it has worked awesome. A big part of my life-style has changed. And so I am sticking to  routines as my primary way of development as a writer.

That’s my decision.

Back to writing.

February 6, 2010

Back to Writing
I am an amateur writer and so I do research on best writing practices, techniques and exercises. A few days ago I saw an article stating that practice is more important than talent or inspiration. Is it so? How important are writing exercises? I do not write everyday but I want to make it a new routine in my schedule and wonder if it is worth it.
Another thing is; how important is education to your writing? I am considering applying for community college to try to fill holes in my English proficiency. I know that education is important but also it can put some boundaries to what you can and can’t do with language.
A third inquiry is reading. How important is reading to your development as a writer? And how do you find time for it if you have a family? I struggle with this one a lot. Can’t make time for it and can’t even get into what I am reading. I used to be addicted to reading and could swallow the biggest book in a matter of days. But if it is important I better get to it.
That’s where I am at the moment and considering which road to take next.

Article on procrastination

February 1, 2010

Is your busyness a cover up for procrastination? Here is an article I found on this topic. It seems to be pointing in the right direction with some small suggestions what to do about it at the end. Check this link to find more.

Update on my routines.

January 30, 2010

I am over jet-leg now and back to my routines. Getting up early got much better. My alarm is set at 6:00 am instead of 6:45 am as I started this routine. I enjoy this. I used to be an owl and stay up late and wake up late. I never had energy or joy in the morning. Now I am a new person J.  I like mornings. I have more energy in the morning and by the evening I am all sleepy and tired and so is my wife and my children. So far this change proved to be beneficial. Great. Next step would be getting up still earlier around 5:30am or 5:00am.

It’s important to remember I am not motivated to get up by my work but rather by the desire of change and some other motivational aspects. I used to get up early for my work but it was dreadful. I would be still so tired and sleepy in the morning and then would still stay up late. It was a nightmarish circle.

About my devotional time (reading bible and prayer) is a little different story and needs improvement. Reasons for it are different and need more time to be analyzed.

Catch up.

January 30, 2010

Writing, writing, writing and one more time writing. I am trying to write as much as I can and I love having ideas and trying to develop them in different ways. Then most important is to keep it alive amid all the busyness of everyday. It was easier back in Ukraine where I had a separate room for work and could close myself up there early in the morning without disturbing and waking up my wife and my kids. Not so here. As I wake up all the kids and my wife are up as well and I have no time for myself.

Well there is just one thing I have to do. In a words of the horse from the “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”

“Sometimes a horse has got to do what a horse has got to do.”

Keep on writing.

Web blogging or hand written diary

January 13, 2010

I notice that since I stared blogging my thought process changed. I think I was more honest in my paper dairy than here. And it’s normal to a degree. I am not here to pour out my soul to anyone who may come by. I have pretty specific ideas about what I want to write here. But the problem is that I have two blogs now and by the time I finish updating them I don’t have much time to write in my hard copy diary.

Now, when I hear myself talking about not having enough time I understand that I am talking about priorities not about time. So I need to get disciplined to do it. And I know I have time to write but I may not feel like it or just being lazy. Interesting that procrastination is like animals with many heads. You may defeat it on one front it will come up in the other. Now that I am up with two of my routines I think it’s time to analyze my life again and see what other areas need improvement.