Hi, there! I took quite a spell off, graduating kiddos, purchasing a little forest valley, and packing and moving 20 years worth of things. We were in one house so long, we went from baby cradle to the stuffed animal phase to the dress-up stage to the camo pants and airsoft guns stage to first car. And there was a lot of stuff to sort!
I’m still in between homelands, but more settled than I was, and wanting to write again. I wrote the following for myself, but thought I’d publish it, as I would think it’s interesting to read another’s.
want I want to do:
observe nature, roam slowly, study what is interesting at the moment, be surrounded by inspiring things (chickens, flowers, a pottery mug), handicraft for the process, spend long hours chatting with family, walk slowly with the Creator, and capture the light and beautiful moments by writing, photographing, and sketching to share the content of what I collect on a platform where it can be read or seen by those who may need it.
how to make an income from what I want to do:
- propagate plants and sell them
- collect seeds and sell them
- sell merchandise that I design
- write an ebook
- publish videos
- teach how to have a nursery business (video, course, ebook)
- teach a course
- publish a book
- freelance publish for magazines and e-zines
- have a shop of my designs
- sell at a farmer’s market or festival now and then
how to manage my time:
I think the only time that needs to be managed is writing and publishing. I naturally do putzing-along tasks such as propagating plants, potting them up, and I’m always collecting inspiration. reassess in the future, as life phases change or the business grows.
Will do the Pomodoro technique*: Set a timer and work. Do 25 minutes Pomodoros. At the beginning, have a goal of 3 per day. Increase until I’m working up to 15 (?) hours per week (reassess this as I go along).
possible pomodoros (will choose one):
- write for article/post
- write for ebook
- write for book
- write for video
- post on FE
- send off article
- publish post
- edit ebook/book
- edit photos and file for use
- create a video
- edit video
- publish video
- do focused research for an article/video/book
- do coursework on learning something relevant to my business (eg. Adobe Premiere Pro)
So here I am,
…in a Pomodoro that said, “write.” This technique works well for me, as I’m easily distracted combined with easily-felt guilt when a family member is around and I’m not actively engaging with them. With Pomodoro, I can said, “Hang on 8 minutes.” (I had to say that just now!).
* “The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method based on 25-minute stretches of focused work broken by five-minute breaks. Longer breaks, typically 15 to 30 minutes, are taken after four consecutive work intervals. Each work interval is called a pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato (plural: pomodori).” (source)