I haven’t had a proper calendar since I studied German at the university 1997/98. For my birthday, my friend Tenia gave me this one from Navucko.
The calendar has enough space for me, I don’t have many scheduled appointments per day since I always strive for as much free time as possible for my projects. For some reason, I thought a calendar, to-do-lists and structure would take away my sense of freedom, but it has shown to be the complete opposite.
Two weekends ago, Johan came up with the idea to structure my (and his) time and we worked on a schedule together, which he made the base of. It looks like this. It is a new world to me, a world that makes me see the time in parts each day and it makes it much easier for me to be more efficient and to see when I will do what. Very obvious. Like my mum said when I told her about this: What was the first thing your teacher gave you when you started 1st grade? A schedule.
It’s built up like this:
First, the morning beauty routine – which serum and moisturiser to use (because Johan is addicted to beauty routines and I never remember when to use which one of all his fancy stuff that he pushes me to use instead of soap and water).
Second part is the morning free time before work:
Monday – A meeting in a café to talk about what’s going on this week, we do it together as a start to the new week.
Tuesday – Nothing scheduled in case something shows up.
Wednesday – A walk together.
Thursday – Go to the laundromat and in Winter buy 80 kilos of coal for a week.
Friday – I vacuum clean the flat and he cleans the bathroom.
Third part 4 hours of work.
Then comes lunch.
After lunch there is another part for work and the fifth part is for either work (depending on how much there is to do) or to use for home improvements, prepping dinner, cleaning etc.
The evening is broken up into two parts. First part is preferably to meet friends if that’s what I want to do and second part is to chill at home to be relaxed before going to bed. Watch a movie, read a book, take a bath, move stuff around at home. It helps me a lot to break up the evening in two parts as well, because I know that if I go out to meet friends on the second part, I might come home too late and fuck up the next day. Of course there is room for improvising in this schedule, it’s not written in stone, but it’s very good to have something to lean on. The tiny third part at the end is the evening beauty routine.
Thursday evening is for date night. It might be visiting a restaurant we’ve never been, or like last Thursday – we stayed at home and fixed a lot of stuff together.
I’ve only been practising this schedule for a bit more than a week and it has already helped me a lot. Hopefully this might inspire some of you to get a better picture of your own everyday life, especially if you’re a freelancer.
Weekends are unscheduled, because we both ended up working every day until now. It’s so important to take a break, I really felt it when I was in Sweden for over a week and didn’t bring my job with me. Sometimes we will move the days around and work on a Saturday, to be able to enjoy the city on a weekday when I prefer to go out and explore when there’s less people around. The luxury of freelance life, right?
Do you have any good ideas to share about how you structure your days?