As most of you who know me are aware, I am not exactly the most organized person out there. My books, DVDs, CDs, computer files, et cetera, yes, they are fairly orderly, and I don’t have much trouble finding what I need. No, my central (but not sole) area of disorganization is in organizing my time. In school, my packets are pretty consistently at least a day late (sometimes much, MUCH more), and my personal projects never seem to get off the ground floor largely due to me not dedicating time to them after getting them started.
It’s not something I’m exactly proud of, but that makes it no less an issue. After several abortive attempts (heh), I’ve decided to try and schedule my time a bit more rigidly. Using iCal, I’ve made a daily schedule for myself, alloting time for the projects and tasks that I want and/or need to get done. It runs roughly from 8am to 8pm, and includes time for meals, puppy wrangling, showers, et cetera. (It both begins and ends with a puppy feeding, hence the 8 and 8.) Evenings are for spending time with Mickey, days are dedicated to getting my shit off the ground. When it’s time to switch to the next item in the schedule, my computer beeps at me, in the loudest, most noticeable alarm noise I have.
And yes, I am in fact following that schedule right now. I left time after lunch for doing web work (design, blogging, writing). I spent the morning reading for school, and at 2 I will be pulling out my programming books and having another (more organized) go of it (one of these days it WILL stick, damnit!). In the afternoon, I’ll go back to school (that IS the priority, after all).
We’ll see how long this lasts… hopefully I’ll manage to do it for a month, at which point it’ll be a habit.
On to other things:
1) I’ve updated MT to 3.14… this is largely inconsequential to all of you, and mostly involves spam protection upgrades.
2) I’ve archived this year’s images, which opened up an extra 6gb of space on my hard drive. MUCHO needed, as I was getting out-of-memory errors with some scratch disk heavy operations. I still stand by my statement that I need a new computer before this one completely self-destructs, but I’m not going to really push about it til February (several reasons, not the least of which is that MacWorld San Francisco is mid-January, and a speedbump then or the weeks immediately following is extremely likely… assuming I stick with my desired specs, this means a price drop). I definitely appreciate the suggestions and most generous offer to lend me a laptop while I get mine fixed, so we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.
I’d be interested to see who actually still reads my blog — if you don’t mind, I’d appreciate you dropping a comment to let me know.