A structured day

I started writing seriously three years ago when I was made redundant from my post as an Oracle Database Administrator. Because I worked from home for three days a week I had a home office set up specifically for work, where I was surrounded by work related books, folders, equipment, etc. The only non-work things in the office were my guitars and sound equipment, the room doubling as a music room in the evenings.

The work related items have all gone now and have been replaced by writing related things and it is the place I will one day hopefully write something worth publishing.

Although a flexitime system was in operation, I worked quite regular hours. A lot has been said about a sudden loss of routine and focus with regard to its effects on health. How many people do you hear of only surviving a year or so after retirement. I’m currently in my late fifties, so I did have a slight concern about it.

I decided that the best thing for me would be to establish a regular routine, so that it would be a bit like going to work. Not only would this give me a focus but it would also structure the day giving me a sense of purpose. I still follow the daily routine I planned three years ago. Although it originally only applied Monday to Friday, I find it now applies to every day.

So a typical day goes something like this:

Most days after seeing my wife off to work (as a teacher) and walking the dog on the beach (if low-tide is in the morning) I will set myself up in the office. Armed with mugs of green tea and the occasional biscuit, I will spend the morning writing or doing some other writing related task.

After lunch I will do various jobs around the house and garden such as mowing the grass, cleaning out the chickens, tending the vegetable patch, playing with or walking the dog, and anything else that might need doing (and there are plenty of them).

In the evenings if we are not binge watching a DVD box set I will do a bit of writing after clearing up the evening meal. Writing in the evenings has only really taken off in the last year since I started writing my Supremacy novel.

I have to say that writing seems easier in the evening but I don’t want it to come between me and my wife so I tend to restrict it to periods when she is doing something else (marking, lesson planning, making cards, watching CSI or NCIS or some other anagram of them).

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