I have too much time on my hands. I’m not getting anything done. There’s no structure in my life right now, and it’s making it hard for me to settle down and do things. So I don’t really have much to report for ROW80 this week. I’m just making a report to touch base and maybe build a little bit of my own structure. Being unemployed is annoying. And I have so many things I would like to do. But I can’t seem to pick one and focus and do the work. At least it’s Sunday. Let’s call this the start of a new week. I’m going to make a list of things and try to get some sort of rhythm going in my world.

8 thoughts on “Unstructured

  1. Don’t sweat it. You’ll figure things out and get in the groove. And until then, don’t beat yourself up. Just take life as it comes.

  2. I can’t get anything done without some sort of structure. I make lots of lists and schedules to try to keep myself on track.

    • I’m glad to hear it’s not just me. I start feeling like I’m just being lazy. Maybe making a list of what I’ll do tomorrow when I’m going to bed would help. With times listed of when I’ll do the things. Thanks for the idea, Fallon!

  3. Just cleaned out my library and let go of 3 boxes of books. But one journal is propped up so I can see it. The cover reads, “Everything is going to be OK!” Work definitely brings structure right along with those 8-10 hour days, and I have hated not having a job — at least before I retired . But I do make lists and lists — even right in my current writing project. I am a slow writer, but I always feel a bit better when I can get some writing done. Hanging out with other writers also helps. So at a recent RWA meeting, one writer suggested a challenge: Write 100 words a day. Now most days, I can knock off 100 words easily, especially IF it’s nonfiction. But my story? Some days the words don’t fall out on the page so easily. But 100 words? I can do that. Maybe the process of writing micro-stuff will help you. But I’ll still return to bedrock. Persevere. Believe in yourself. Maybe this time of less structure will help you see what you really want to do. Best, Beth

  4. Kim – I feel you! The summer is especially hard for me to get into a groove. But at least you’re aware and can therefore start putting some structure into your day. My writing partner once suggested that you just keep three goals for every day: 1. Do something writing-oriented. 2. Do something physical. 3. Do something for your family or for others. These can be simple things.

    Good luck finding your structure.

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