Skip to main content

On Being a Disruptive Element!

So, July is over and I've had 4 weeks off so far. I had so many plans at the start of this break. I was going to clean the house from top to bottom, do the entire garden (just short of an acre), get my horse fit enough to start competing him again, tune my harpsichord (yes, I do have a harpsichord and yes, I do tune it myself), file my tax return for 2010/2011, start my novel and about a million other things as well. What have I actually achieved? Nothing!! Absolutely none of the above and nothing else which wasn't on the list either.

Image
Admittedly I did have my DH's mother staying for two weeks and it's difficult to do some things when other people are around but, to achieve absolutely nothing is not good and, quite frankly, I'm annoyed at myself. Heck, I barely even managed to get on Twitter some days!

But, there are reasons for me not achieving the things I wanted to. These are not excuses as there are no excuses for frittering away a whole month but they are valid reasons.

Firstly, I didn't give any importance to any of the things I wanted to achieve. For those of you who have read my posts on setting goals you will know what I mean. If you haven't read these posts you can find them here. I made a list of all the things that I wanted to do but I didn't set them up as goals with an end date, how I planned to achieve them etc. and, as you can see, I achieved nothing. I'm not saying I haven't had a lovely restful time and sometimes having some time to do nothing is lovely, but I could have easily planned some 'me' time into my days and I would be feeling less frustrated right now. This is why so many people never actually realise their dreams because, although they may think about them a lot, they don't make a SMART plan and stick to it. Because I didn't take the time to plan for the things I wanted to achieve, my brain didn't see them as important.

Secondly, I need structure to my day. If I'm left to my own devices and have no time constraints I tend to do nothing very much. Minutes run into hours, hours run into days, days run into weeks etc. This is why I get so much more done when I'm working. When I'm working I know that I will have someone coming to my studio at a certain time or that I have to be somewhere by 7pm. On busy days I can work from 10am until 10pm but I know where I stand. I know the number of hours I have left to do anything that isn't work related. I can write tasks into my diary as part of my day and that way everything gets done (mostly). Sometimes there really aren't enough hours in the day but I honestly couldn't live without a 'to do' list and my work diary which is - for those who are interested - an A5 Aqua Finsbury Filofax with a day per page diary system.

So, I now realise that I definitely cannot be left to my own devices and I need to be working towards something all the time. I was once told by one of my tutors at Uni that it had been noted that when I'm bored I become disruptive. A 'DISRUPTIVE ELEMENT' he said! Moi?? But, I do like routine. I do like to be busy. I like having structure to my day and I'm at my best when I'm working towards a goal or deadline and so, for the rest of this holiday and any future breaks I might have, I will be setting myself a series of mini goals. They may be to go shopping five times, to read two books, meet friends for lunch three times and have a cupcake every day but at least I'll know I've achieved something.

Until the next time,

 Denise x
               ...now...where did I leave that hoover?

Comments

Tommes S. said…
Hi Denise,

I understand you well. It is quite comfortable for a shorter period of time, to be doing nothing. But after a while it feels like lost time.

As you stated, there was a positive outcome for you! You know what to do different the next time...

Have fun with the hoover;-)

Thomas
Denise said…
Hi Thomas,
Thanks and yes, I've definitely learned something from this and I will make sure I have definite plans for all my holidays/time off from now on.
As for the hoovering...I still haven't quite got round to it yet :)
D.
Rori said…
*gasp* YOU HAVE A HARPSICHORD??? OMG I would LOVE to hear one in real life!!
Ok, onto the rest of the post...
Rori said…
Wow, you could've written this post about me. I suck without some sort of structure. I would LOVE to work at home, but it would be really difficult also because I'm an expert at just frittering away time (or Twittering actually) :D

Excellent post! (I"m still in awe over the harpsichord...)
Denise said…
Hi Rori, thanks. The harpsichord sounds great (when it's in tune) but it takes a lot of work to keep it in tune. I had always wanted one and my DH bought it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago.

As far as not getting things done goes I think it's takes a very disciplined person to work from home and keep their own schedule. Although I work from home I have to keep appointments, do lessons and attend meetings so I'm bound by time but if I didn't have that to keep me right I would never get anything done - ever - except perhaps spend time on Twitter. What would we do without Twitter??

Popular posts from this blog

The Sad Songs Blogfest

This is the first time I've ever taken part in a Blogfest and it has been great fun! Thank you to Diane for organising it. You can find Diane's blog by clicking here  Check out her list of inspirational, sad songs. I have had a ball going through old cds, trying to pick out my top 10 sad songs that inspire me. I have to admit that I could have come up with way more than 10 but I decided to give myself a limit. These songs hold no particular memories for me but they are songs that tug at my heart strings every time I hear them and if I'm ever feeling down and wanting to wallow in self-pity, then these are the songs I would put into my playlist and play whilst drinking a bottle glass or two of wine. Are you sitting comfortably? (click on any of the titles to hear the songs on youTube) Hello by Evanescence . The haunting piano accompaniment and the striking voice of Amy lee make this (in my opinion) one of the most moving songs this band have ever released. All O

A-Z Blogging Challenge: B is for 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'

Baa baa black sheep 'Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?   Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full, One for the master, one for the dame, And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.' Although this rhyme was first published in 1744 it is believed to have been around for much longer. In fact, it is thought that it was written in the Middle Ages during the reign of King Edward II (1307 - 1327). This seemingly innocent children's nursery rhyme about a black sheep yielding three bags of wool actually has political undertones like many of the nursery rhymes from that era. During the Middle Ages the wool industry in England was huge and wool was a very valuable commodity. England produced the best wool in Europe and peasants were required to pay their taxes in the form of sacks of wool. They gave a third to the King (the master), a third to the nobility (the dame) and they were allowed to keep the final third for themselves (the little boy who lived down the lane)

Stop! It's Going Too Fast and I Want to Get Off!

Carousel Okay - I don't actually mean that I want things to stop so that I can get off because I'm having too much fun but, over the last few months, my life has become a daily whirlwind of new businesses, taking on new projects, building websites and building a brand and it's not showing any sign of slowing down. I have loved every minute of it so far but it has meant that so many other things in my life have had to be put on the back burner whilst all this has been going on, including Cupcakes and Cadenzas. It will all have been worth it in the long run but I just want to say thanks to everyone who has stuck around and not abandoned this blog and to say that I haven't forgotten about it or you. Why I love Cupcakes and Cadenzas so much and refuse to give up on it it is that it was the very first blog that I set up and is therefore my 'baby' as far as blogs go. I have several other blogs set up for various business ventures but Cupcakes and Cadenzas is