Here’s what you need to know about me right now:
1) I have three jobs.
2) I am working on a novel, which is a fourth job.
3) I am tired. It’s so easy to convince me to do anything else but work on my novel when I’m not working my other three jobs.
Two of my jobs are on an academic schedule, which means two of my jobs gave a Spring Break this week. That means I have 20 extra hours to spend working on the novel. But I also have grading to do. Enter: discipline.
Except, not quite.
I kept saying I’ll write before I leave the house in the morning but I ended up doing other stuff and telling myself I’ll do work after I come home from the office (the job without a Spring Break). Then, when I came home to grade or write I was so tired and I told myself “You deserve a break.” And I was right.
But then then Julianna Baggott posted on Facebook, “The work punishes you for your absence.”
Ugh. She is right but so am I–I should so take a break. Breaks are ancient wisdom.
So then it occurred to me this morning that if I make a schedule that includes breaks, I won’t be able to say “I need a break” because I just took one. Breaks are when I can play on the internet, watch True Detective with my boyfriend, blog, talk on the phone with a friend, etc. Breaks are not the same as making dinner, though. Breaks are not the same as my shower. That needs to have a slot on the schedule, too.
Today I got two hours of grading done and two hours of writing done. We’ll see how tomorrow works, but I’m putting down today for the record. Intentional breaks, people. (They worked today.)