Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Schedule Aspirations

Every summer, I struggle with the gift of free time.  How can I balance the need to relax and not work- use my vacation time wisely with the worry that I'm wasting good time doing things that don't ultimately make me feel happy.  Yes, sleeping in makes me feel happy in the moment, but still being in my pajamas at noon on a Tuesday makes me feel like I'm sick, or depressed.  Leisurely reading my favorite blogs makes me feel happy, but mindlessly clicking through the internet for hours makes me feel in despair!

So this summer, I'm trying out an ambitious summer schedule, but being that this is my 6th (!) summer vacation off, I think by this point I know what I need to feel happy, rested AND productive, as the summer is the time of year where I plan to get the most writing done.

So starting tomorrow (today being the very first day of summer, I decided not to start the schedule yet and work on cleaning out my closet- more on that later) this is how I hope to spend my days Monday through Friday.  With this new season, the biggest change I am going to try is to practice yoga every single day.  At first through classes but hopefully  will start practicing at home occasionally once I feel comfortable enough to do so.  So here it is the Monday- Friday Summer Schedule!

Wake up at 6:30
Yoga class 7:00-8:15
8:30-10:00 Eat breakfast and write, most likely out at a coffee shop or diner.
10:00-12:00 Home.  Type up writing if needed and blog.
12:00 Shower and get dressed.
1:00 lunch

The rest of the afternoon will be time for things like going to museums, parks, the movies, grocery shopping, the library, the beach, reading and naps or to continue writing and blogging if I'm in the zone.  Basically I know that I am the most productive mentally before I eat lunch, so no more putting off writing until the afternoon- that's just not my time of day to write!

I'm also going to try and go to Zumba at least once a week- maybe twice, which is in the evenings and on Wednesdays I have my writing class also in the evening.

I know I am so lucky to have this time of year to see what it would be like to be a professional writer and blogger.  What is your Monday-Friday schedule like readers? I'd love to know in the comments, I feel like it's a funny thing, but I always love reading about how people schedule their days.


  1. Your schedule sounds like a good plan. Right now I'm recently graduated and 27 weeks pregnant without a Mon-Fri schedule myself. I am in desperate need of some structure to my days and feel much like you do if I just laze around the entire time. I think I just might have to take a lesson from you and make a real-deal on paper schedule of my own.

    1. Sounds good! Although you might be looking back on these laze around days fondly post baby! :)

  2. I'm so glad to read this. For the longest time now I've been feeling like I was all alone fighting this battle against free time, like it is actually my enemy!! I love your idea, use up the morning for productivity. I really JUST started blogging and am finding difficult to keep up with reading writing... and time, time has become an enemy! Please keep us updated... I'll start my manageable schedule right now!

    1. Thanks for your comment Morgana! Can't wait to check out your blog. :)

  3. holy moly! that is one ambitious plan!!
    i definitely admire that.. make sure to keep us posted on how it goes :)

    i have a day off today and heading to yoga in a few minutes! super excited. yoga is the best.


  4. Sarah, I love your summer schedule! Jealous because I work during the summer ... but only part-time. I'm hoping to get a lot of writing done, too. Are you still working on the Emily Dickinson manuscript? I still want to know what happens to those sisters :)

    1. Thanks Andrea! Yes I am! I'm actually taking a summer class at NYU to workshop it. So far it's going well :)