Well, creating a schedule isn't exactly the same as that, but it's what I've been doing. (Almost) every day, I create a to-do list of all the goals I want to accomplish -- both things related to my work and things that give me personal downtime. Hashing out the goals in terms of numbers (do this X amount of times, work on this for Y minutes) makes them more concrete and doable. Below is a basic example of the kind of productivity list that can be helpful for balancing out time between work and leisure.
Your productivity list may be a little bit different, depending on the rest of your schedule and what your goals may be. Also, recently, I discovered an amazing invention: StayFocused, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to block distracting websites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, etc.) of your choice for a certain amount of time. Without this extension, I honestly don't think my final exam grades would have turned out as well as they did. It has really helped this past week whenever I want to work on an application or poem and find myself steering away to look up memes, gifs and social media. Highly recommended! For Apple users looking for productivity applications, I use Evernote, Weave and WriteChain.
Speaking of productivity, come join me and 20 other bloggers who have already signed up for Frankie Mallis's Fourth Annual No-Kiss Blogfest! Here's the deal:
- Sent a story pitch to a health magazine in Boston
- Applied for a local news internship
Dec. 17 -- Watch all four "Superman" movies (yes, on the same day)
Dec. 19 -- Write a six-page scene for my NaNoWriMo novel
Dec. 21 -- Visit eight new blogs (provide any recommendations in comments below!)
Dec. 22 -- Meditate for nine minutes.
Dec. 23 -- Bake ten gingerbread cookies!
Dec. 24 -- Take an eleven-minute walk outside
Dec. 25 -- Snap twelve photographs capturing the magic of Christmas