No, this isn’t actually a plan for avoiding loneliness.
As I mentioned before, my wife and son are in upstate NY for the rest of the month, dealing with the death of my m-i-l. That means I’m home alone for that time.
Normally, I’m a complete ass when it comes to productively using private time, especially when I have a lot of it. For these two-plus weeks, I have to be better. Therefore! I have made these resolutions:
1. No fancy cooking. I can’t be spending hours and hours prepping foods that I eat in 15 minutes. Sandwiches, salads, pastas, etc. Simple stuff.
2. Exercise every day. I have time for it, therefore I have no excuses.
3. Clean kitchen at the end of every day. No going to bed with dirty plates in the sink or crumbs on the table.
4. Spend half an hour each day cleaning the apartment. The kitchen doesn’t count toward this goal. Vacuuming doesn’t take long. Neither does a quick sweep/wipe down of the bathroom. Making bed: 15 seconds, tops. If I set aside this time and try to rush through it, it should be a huge burden or time sink.
5. All writing goals will be increased by 500 words a day. That doubles the quota for day-job days, and increases the day-off day quotas to 2K. I’d like to try for 3K, but that’s a lot of story for me. This isn’t listed fifth because it’s the fifth most important, but because it’ll be an easy goal to meet.
6. Only drink beer on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Moderation is the key.
7. Watch grown-up movies. Because of the boy’s screwed-up sleep schedule, the only time I have to watch movies for adults is the morning, and morning is writing time. As a result, I pretty much haven’t seen any R-rated movies for a couple of years. At this point, I don’t even care if they’re all that good, I just want to watch some. I may even go to (gasp!) a theater.
Of course, none of this works without:
8. Sensible amounts of internet time! Like many people, my time online expands to fill the amount of time I have. I can’t keep doing that. Therefore, I resolve to follow fewer links, join fewer discussions and let my email program chime to let me know new messages have come in, rather than check over and over.
Hmm. Maybe I should add: Write shorter blog posts.
edited to add: Oops! I forgot one: 9. Eat fruit and vegetables every day.
2 thoughts on “How not to be lonely.”
Dude! That’s an AWESOME plan. I salute you. Here’s my unsolicited (and perhaps ill-conceived) advice:
For movies, I recommend running out and renting DAYBREAKERS. It’s a bad movie, but for a bad movie it’s really good.
Also, I personally hate exercising, so anything with a built-in time limit is good by me. I highly recommend the “YOU on a Diet” workout DVD, or anything else by trainer Joel Harper. You’ll be done in 20 minutes and feel great. Seriously. Good stuff.
Best of luck with the plan!
Thanks, Laurence! I just put DAYBREAKERS and that workout DVD on my hold list at the library (I love my library)
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