It’s been a little over a week, so I’ve had time to run through a full rotation of my hobby schedule, plus a couple of days. All things considered, things have gone fairly well so far, but I have made some observations.
First off, I have done well at sticking to my scheduled activity. This is obviously the entire point of having a schedule, so that’s a plus. I think I have things lined up on appropriate days to work out with the rest of my life, at least for now.
One…problem…I have discovered is a frustration with not being “allowed” to work on projects as I become inspired about some aspect of them or another. I am reluctant to call this a problem as I feel this behavior is no doubt part of the original problem of bouncing between projects. It is unfortunate none-the-less, as when it rolls around to the time to work on the project in question, I have often lost that spark.
I will have to come up with a reasonable system to note and track these bits of inspiration. I used to carry around a Moleskine notebook for random thoughts. After washing about seven of them, I have not done that for a while, but perhaps I should move back to it. I could take notes on my phone, but I’m half-Luddite and I just hate doing that. I will have to figure something out.
The other “problem” is wanting to work past my scheduled times. This isn’t necessarily always bad, as I have not scheduled any hobby activities back-to-back, so this often just means I get to bed later than I want, which has its own repercussions. I’m not sure if I should be forgiving in the case of these overruns, or if I should strive to wrap up neatly at the allotted hour. This problem can dovetail into the previous problem, as I am often forced to leave off with ideas still brewing.
Finally, it is sometimes frustrating to not have more time to focus on one project or another. I think I’ll just have to get used to this, or cut things from the schedule altogether to make room for others. I want everything to stay for now, so it is what it is.
Another observation I have made is that I find myself wasting time browsing the internet or other inane activities during some unscheduled time. I often think to myself “I should work on one of my projects”, but find I am struck by a strange demotivation, often thinking “I don’t have to work on that right now, I have that scheduled for tomorrow”.
I recognize this is just a personal failure of mine, constantly desiring to min-max my leisure time. “I don’t have to wake up for 3 more minutes.” “If I leave at 4:13, I should arrive right on time.” Etc, etc. So, that’s probably something I will just have to overcome if I want to maximize productivity during my non-scheduled time.
For now, I’m calling the experiment a success, with room for improvement.