In Praise of a Schedule

We are finally settled!!! I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back to a normal rhythm. I do not do well without a schedule, and the time spent back home was doubly difficult when trying to work because I didn’t have a schedule, but I also wanted to spend as much time with family as possible.

That said, I need quiet time to recharge, and from before Thanksgiving to New Years it felt like there hadn’t been much of that happening. The past several days in our brand new home have been like bliss for me.

I had to bum some internet off of the Panera near me because my internet won’t be connected until next week, but I managed to drag myself out of the house for that 😉

I do have to admit that I was a little miffed when the husband celebrated my return to work this week. Supporting your spouse in their career choice is one thing, but acting almost relieved that I wouldn’t be around as much was…weird. I’m not kidding when I say the elation was palpable.

When asked about his response, he replied with this gem: “You get really stressed and cranky when you don’t work.”

I wish I could say that he was wrong, but I really don’t take breaks well. When I’m not writing I get very stressed about not writing, and then I get grouchy because I’m stressed and can’t write. I’m such a treasure to have as a spouse.

If it weren’t for my internet issues I’d be home writing, which I love, but I was talking with a friend who is also trying to run her company from her home, and she had some valid points to make.

Yes, we get to work in our pj’s, but we have no one to bounce ideas off of, no one to talk to when we’re frustrated with how work is going, and all of the work has to be self-driven. Yes, you’re the boss, but you’re also the person putting in all the grunt work at the end of the day. She asked how I managed to stay motivated, and the truth is some days are better than others, but I can say that my husband’s quip pretty much nailed how I stay motivated: it’s so I don’t drive myself insane.

The solitude of home feels wonderful right now, but I migrate to the library several days of the week just for a change of pace. Sometimes the house is too quiet, and the white noise of the library helps to focus me. I also tend to get my work done more quickly because I worry that the other patrons will judge me for texting or being on Facebook. Silly, I know, but it works for me, and if it helps me get pages into the computer I’m all for it.

Writing aside, Boise is wonderful. We haven’t lived in a city since Seattle several years ago, and I love that everything is so close by. I’ve lived in rural, suburb, and city areas, and I have to say that I either need to be completely away from the action or right in the middle of it.

I’m already in love with our little house. I had saved all the pictures from the listing when we went under contract so that I could look back it anytime I wanted. It’s our first home, so I’m beyond thrilled because we couldn’t really personalize the rentals that we were in up to now. The yard is huge, and our dog probably thinks he’s won the lottery.

I’m going to write up Friday’s post while I have internet, and things should be back to normal now.


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