Some of you must have been praying for my time management!
Yesterday I had a great, productive day. I worked a full day during fairly normal hours, making myself take an actual break for lunch, and making myself stop at dinner time and take a dinner break before moving on to whatever I felt like doing, since my work day was officially over. Naturally, having been productive all day, I felt like working some more. :) So I did!
So what did I do yesterday?
1. NaNoWriMo, obviously. I'm almost all caught up on my total word count!
2. Work-related reading. (It's not my fault if it's also enjoyable...) I'm doing some editing with Ashberry Lane Publishing,* a local Christian small press. I'm reading through the first three books in the Thistle Series by Dianne Price, so I can help edit book #4. I've really enjoyed the reading. It's set mainly in Scotland during WWII, in the Hebrides Islands, and the characters' dialogue is all spelled accordingly - it's smooth reading, because the author eases into the spelling, and it gives you a great sense of the accent.
3. Correspondence. I didn't get it all done, but I did write to my sponsored kids. I sponsor kids with Compassion International, a wonderful program that really emphasize letter writing, which is so fantastic. Over time, you really start to get to know the kids, and it's a wonderful way to speak love and encouragement and God's Word into their lives. A couple of my kids have birthdays coming up, so I sent them cards, and I wrote Christmas cards for all of them. I'm a bit late this year, so they probably won't get them until after Christmas, but better late than never. :) I also included a small watercolor painting (on paper)** that I got at the Made in Oregon store for each of them. I love those kids. :)
4. Getting organized. I created a calendar for each month from now to next December on my computer, and plugged in important dates and so forth. I created deadlines for myself for finishing my poetry book and put those on the calendars, as well. I'll add more of those self-created deadlines later. I also created a daily work schedule for myself.^ My plan was to start it Monday, but I kept pretty close to it today. It is so satisfying to finally be organized.
5. What else? I checked my emails, naturally. Did some paperwork. Made a couple of lists. Advertised my editing services a bit. Made an appointment with an academic adviser for school. Did a couple of military-related surveys. Worked a little on organizing my books. Um... That might be all!
All in all, a good day's work, I'd say. :)
*You may want to sign up for their newsletter - it's fun to read, and they'll be doing some holiday giveaways soon.
**If you're a Compassion sponsor thinking about sending your child a gift with your next letter, be sure to check the restrictions in advance.
^Obviously, this will have to be adjusted come January when I start classes. But still.