Is there something you’ve been meaning to do, but you let day after day pass without working on it at all? 
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Hi <<First Name>>,
One of my big sanity-savers is my schedule. I hate making the same decisions about what to do in which order day after day, so I try to put myself on autopilot as much as possible. Whether you have a lot of time to manage (if you’re self-employed) or a smaller amount, I think this can help.

We All Have Time to Fill

Whether you realize it or not, each day, you’re making choices about how to spend your time. Example: I don’t have to choose to go to work each day, but I prefer the consequences of working (making money and paying my bills) as opposed to the consequences of not working (not making money and losing my house).

Read more about making choices with your time in this newsletter.


Decisions … Nope.

Since we’re talking about choices and consequences, I think we wake up able to make a certain number of decisions per day. I don’t want to waste my quota on silly things, so I try to eliminate as many daily decisions as possible.


At some point, I realized that I wanted to get the same things done every day and if I put them in the same order and at approximately the same time of day, they actually got done!


My schedule is by no means perfect, but it works for me because it gets in the things I’ve prioritized for each day – journaling, working, exercising, and taking care of my family.
  • 5:00 – 5:30 AM – wake up, feed animals
  • 5:30 – 6:00 AM – meditation & journaling
  • 6:00 – 6:30 AM – work
  • 6:30 – 7:30 AM – get the Kid off to school
  • 7:30 – 8:30 AM – work out
  • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – work
  • 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – homework, walk dogs, work more if there’s time
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – dinner

The Only Way to “Find Time” is to “Make Time.”

If you want to get something done (writing, exercising, cleaning, organizing, etc), you have to make a space for it. For me, this means actually writing it in my schedule.

Bottom Line(s)

  1. Is there something you’ve been meaning to do, but you let day after day pass without working on it at all? Try making a schedule and slotting in 30 minutes (or more) for that activity every day. Or if every day is more than you can handle, try for once or twice a week. Thirty minutes once a week is better than zero minutes.
  2. We have to make a lot of decisions every day. Personally, I like to reserve brain space for the tough choices and making a schedule helps me do that.
You can do it!

That's it for this week! Don't forget, you can email me ( or find me on Facebook or Twitter if you have questions! 

Happy scheduling!


Mel Jolly
Keeping Authors Out of the Loony Bin Since 2009

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