About six months back, I wrote a really long and intense post about how to get started and be better at book blogging. Several of the comments, however, were asking about productivity: how do I keep my life all together, and how do I keep up the same blogging schedule?
I think it’s important to start by saying that everyone is different, and it’s okay to do things to your own tune when you need to. But I figured I would give a rundown of how I operate and keep organized my life, and hopefully, that’ll help a few of you too!
The main way I keep track of my life and what’s going on in my life is on two mediums: my ICal Calendar, and a spreadsheet from Google Sheets. I want to show you what these two look like. First off is my Google Sheets spreadsheet.
The first page of my google sheets is a To-Do list, which I’ve created from the default To-Do list template in sheets. This to-do list is for administrative projects in keeping my life running, not hobbies. At this point, I split my To Do list into three motives: Job, Organization, and People. I use my Job section for things having to do with my summer jobs, which in this case also involves where I’m living this summer. I use my Organization section for general things having to do with keeping my life from falling apart; this would be stuff like cleaning my room, or making a budget. My People section is pretty brief; I generally use it for scheduling events with my friends. This is how I make sure I’m keeping in contact with people I care about.
The next page of my Google sheets is for what I’m trying to do every day; I just designed this myself, but it’s pretty easy to recreate! This week hasn’t been my best mental-health wise, as you can tell, but I figured I would demonstrate anyway. I put my morning routine and night routine on the beginning section, because they sort of fit together; this week, as you can see, I haven’t done my full nightly washing-my-face once. Yikes. The second row is to write 0.5k every day; this was really difficult this week, and on a lot of these days I only wrote 0.2k or so. The third row is to blog 0.5k, which is, again, something that’s pretty hard, as I tend to binge-write 2,000 words at once and then forget to continue writing for the next week. The fourth row is to read 200 pages; again, I binge-read, so this one is also hard. The fifth row is to listen to an audiobook for one hour, and it looks like I’m doing well on that one! The sixth row of my goals was to bike for three miles; this is something I was doing super consistently last month.
I also continued this sheet with a reading and sleeping tracker, which I’ve just started using. The color coding on my reading chart does have meaning; it’s by what book I’m reading. Again, haven’t been reading as much this week.
The third and final chart on my Google Sheet is one where I track how I’m feeling at each given evening, and what I’m proud of doing each day (most of the time, this excludes stuff I’ve put on my calendar). This week has been weird, but trying to process each day is nice. (I was suprised these were happy enough to post; last week’s entries were kind of depressing. Yay self care!)
The other place I keep information is in my exceptionally detailed calendar! This is all for events I have coming up, and I keep everything here sorted by what it is. It’s vaguely in a rainbow according to relevance, as you can see to the right:
I keep really busy, but I also try really hard to let myself have some free time, because I need to spend time on my writing project and on keeping up with my life in general. I use “probable events” to denote hangout time with friends or family that’s important to me, but that I can also cancel if I’m not able to process it.