If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee I would tell you that last week was a rough one! I had a ton of work to do and my co-workers and I were stressed and practically at each others throats. Everyone has their own idea of how things should be done and everyone wants the others to just listen and do as they’re told. By the end of it we had resolved things somewhat but we decided we still need to talk it out. So, that means meetings have been scheduled, bleck!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that, fortunately, things outside of work are going great. I actually started a sort of editorial calendar and got some blog posts scheduled. That mean no more sitting in front of a screen not knowing what to write about. Now when an idea strikes during a time when I can’t write, it goes into the calendar. When I have time to write I move through the entries one-by-one. So far I am loving it.

I am trying to write at least an hour or two a day. I also have to have time for reading and research too. So about 3 hours a day devoted to progressing my writing skills. On a good day that is. That sounds like a lot but I really am trying to take this seriously. I enjoy writing very much and I want to post more of what I write as I get better.

If we were having coffee I would also tell you that I am working on getting my “creative room” in order. The creative room in our spare bedroom that has an old desk, an old bookshelf, and a drafting table in it. Sounds great until you consider that there’s also a whole lot of stuff (read:trash) stored in that room too.

I had started trying to write and draw in there but the lighting was bad and the seating was worse. Lucky for me my job got a new shipment of office supplies. That means I took home a chair and a lamp that were heading to the dumpster. The chair goes up very high and the lamp is perfect for the drafting table. I also moved in two armchairs we got from Goodwill that are awaiting reupholster and a trunk we found at the flea market and plan to restore.

Now the room feels a bit more like a space I can go to get some work done! I took some advice from Austin Kleon‘s book Steal Like and Artist and separated my digital and analog lives. I have one desk for the laptop, the iPad, the phone, the speaker, and all things electronic. The other, the drafting table, is for working with your hands. There is space for pencils, pens, markers, paint, collage materials, anything that requires me using my hands. These two areas do not mix!

So far I love it. I feel much more focused in there.

If we were having coffee I would give you an update on my efforts to quit smoking. I would tell you that besides a few slips here and there I have done very well and I am so proud of myself. According to my Quitnow! app, I quit smoking 65 days ago, more than 2 months! I have not smoked 655 cigarettes. 655! And I have saved $98.25 and 2 days of my time. I feel amazing. I only wish I had quit sooner.

If we were having coffee I would say a great big thank you, as always, for allowing me to go on and on about myself. I do love to talk your ear off. Please, go enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I’ll see you next week :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

7 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee”

  1. I might want to take a look at that app! I quit smoking in August this past year, except for a few slips here and there. It gets easier, but some days….Anyway, I’m interested in it. Congrats on getting so far. :)

    I started an editorial calendar for the blog this week, and it’s amazing what a difference that seems to have made.

    Glad you joined us for coffee this week. :)

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  2. I love the idea of two work areas, one tech, one not.
    I also like the idea of keeping a running total of how many cigarettes you would have smoked and the cost. Maybe roll the savings into a treat jar for creative supplies? If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you think you can taste the coffee better now that you’ve cut down so much?

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  3. I will have to work on setting up two distinct work areas. I need that. Right now, things are scattered as I use whatever area is available and that varies, hence the “scatterment”. And an editorial calendar…hmmm. Maybe. I’ve never done that in all of my years of blogging (since the mid 90’s). I have a list of blogging ideas on my phone but not really a calendar. Might give that a go.

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