Oh, who the #@#! am I kidding?
I just spent over an hour in futility downloading a keystroke recovery program onto that laptop (I'm now on my big computer in the office), then carefully selecting the (close to 100) files I'd used or modified today and finally clicking on 'Recover'. I was brought to a screen that said, and pardon me if I paraphrase here, "Oh, if you actually want to RECOVER these files / keystrokes, you NOW have to upgrade to a paid-for program vs. the free one you downloaded. The free version will show you the modified files, but to actually recover or read them, you have to pay us for it, SUCKER!"
It's not too early to start drinking, is it?
In a much briefer overview, here's what my lost post said . . . .
I have a schedule, but it's not one that works with the hours of the universally accepted Work Day. This is because I'm a Night Owl. Definitively and conclusively NOT a Morning Person. Fortunately, I do have some options. Namely, I am fortunate enough to be able to do some of my office work here at home.
Also, because I am not "allowed" (wrong word, but true) to have gallery hours until after 4:00 or 5:00 PM on weekdays due to the nature of the other businesses / Non-Profits in my building, I think I need to change my heretofore work week from Tuesdays - Saturdays to Wednesdays - Sundays in order to capitalize on the hours I CAN be open to the public (there are no restrictions on me in the weekday evenings nor weekends).
Too, to take advantage of my folks' generous offer to watch the dogs during the day (I need to pick them back up between 4:30 and 5:00), I need to start getting the dogs to them earlier . . . and then, as a direct result, myself into the office earlier. Right now, my schedule has me dropping the dogs off around 2:00 or 3:00, working until 4:45 when I pick up the dogs and feed and exercise them, and then returning to work until 8:00 or 9:00-ish, but not much later than that since I don't like the dogs having much more than those couple of hours in the cold car at night.
So, the conclusion to all that I've outlined in the above abbreviated fashion, is here's my new "school day" (work day) schedule . . . one I hope you'll help me stay honest to. They say that if you're trying to make or break a habit, you need to do that thing for 21 consecutive days. That might be hard with Christmas and the New Year coming up within those 21 days, but I'm gonna try it.
- 6:45 / Alarm
- 6:45 – 8:00 / Feed Dogs & Cats, Shower, Ready for Day
- 8:00 – 8:30 / Chores, Abbreviated on Work Days
- 8:30 – 9:30 / Drive to Town
- 9:30 – 10:00 / Drop Dogs Off, Get in to Office
- 10:00 – 4:45 / Office
- 4:45 – 5:30 / Pick Up Dogs, Get Gas
- 5:30 – 6:30 / Drive Home
- 6:30 – 8:30 / Chores, Dinner, Whatever
- 8:30 – 10:00 / Blog, Unwind
- 10:00 - 10:30 / Bedtime
The 6:45 AM alarm is gonna be a killer . . . especially since it will still be dark at that time for many more moons! But, if I *DO* get to bed on time, that SHOULD help. Anyone out there have any “get up when the alarm goes off” tricks? I already do the “put the alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed” theory, but it doesn’t work: I hop RIGHT back into bed and snuggle under the warm covers. Hmmm, maybe I should take the time to boot the computer up each morning so I can post an “I’m UP!” note to you all! ;)
Those of you who know me well (especially my ex) are surely chuckling over this because I have made UMPTEEN schedules for myself over the years, and NONE of them stick. But, I do enjoy having one because it allows me to not have to think! Instead, I just look at the posted schedule, find out what time it is, and say, "Oh, look! I should be doing this right now!"
Aside from going to bed early on the day of the week that will end up being "my Sunday", I'll allow my two-day weekend to follow its usual, organized chaos schedule.
So, there ya have it. Aside from more detail, that's pretty much what my morning's post was about.