About Me · Writing

Big Day Ahead

Been a while since I did a daily schedule post, so I thought I’d give it a go for today’s entry. My husband and I have family coming over tonight, so a thoroughly good house-cleaning is in order I think. 🙂

8-8:30— Check email, social media, do blog post

8:30-9:30— Write at least 2,000 words on manuscript

9:30-10:30— Maiedae Work

10:30-11:30—Edit 30 pages on novel

11:30-12:00—Reading period

12:00-12:30— Lunch break

12:30-1:00— Finish up any last minute work

1:00-5:00— HOUSE WORK!! Preparations for company tonight. 🙂

Since I have a LOT to do this afternoon, I’m trying to stick to a very rigid schedule and get everything finished so that I can get my house all shiny and sparkly for visitors! Sometimes this is doable–I’m hoping today is one of those days!

I hope you have a terrific Friday! Have some fun!



Editing · Writing

Scatterbrained, Yet Productive Monday…

I started this day off right. I woke up at 6AM, went hiking, got home and showered, made breakfast, and saw the Philosopher off to work. Then, I went to my office and enjoyed a mug of green tea while I set about organizing my day. As is typical of a Monday (for me), I found myself hugely scatterbrained and off-focus for most of the morning. However, I was able to get my 2,000 words in on my current manuscript–due largely to the fact that the OST for SKYRIM by Jeremy Soule is amazing work-music. I was also able to make some updates to the aesthetics of this site and get a post done.

Mondays always seem hectic to me. I suppose it’s because I always have tons of housework and normal work to do once I get up. I very much enjoyed waking up early, though. I plan on making it a habit. Even if I can’t go hiking every morning, I’ll try to squeeze in a walk before my shower. I am definitely most productive in the mornings.

Plans for the rest of the workday:

>>LOTS and lots of Maiedae editing to catch up on

>>LOTS of editing on my manuscript we’re prepping for publishing

>>LOTS of housework

>>Reading for 30 minutes (going to start reading Virtue by Amanda Hocking!)

>>Drink at least two more cups of green tea…

That’s what I’ve got for now, folks! Gotta get my groove on and get some more “shtuff” done!


Thanks for stopping by!


~L.M. Sherwin

About Me · Balance · Editing · Writing

Changing up the Routine

Morning, all!

Well, I’ve been working full-time from home for about a week and a half (almost) now and it is FANTASTIC. I get SO much done during the day, it’s not even funny. I am a very self-motivated and self-disciplined person, so when I run my own “show”, I am freaking crazy productive. I am also a creature of habit. I find routines that work for me and I stick with them. Unless, I have a morning like THIS morning.

I was feeling kind of sick last night and this morning, I woke up with a pretty sore throat, yucky head gunk, and sinus pressure. Fun. Let’s say, I rolled out of bed JUST in time to make it to my office by 8:03. With lemon water and oatmeal in hand, I sat down to check my email and Google Reader. I also check my financial information in the morning to make sure everything is gelling the way it should. Well, I noticed something odd about one of our transactions and had to follow that rabbit trail to fruition. An hour later, I had it all sorted, but I had missed my normal start time for my writing period! OH NO!!! Normally, that would totally have thrown me off the rails, but this morning, I told myself, “Mrs. Writer, you work at home. You don’t have people telling you when to work on this or that. You can work on whatever you want, WHENEVER you want.”

Thus, I said, “Why not change-up the whole routine today?” This is a very busy day. My husband and I are having a friend over tonight to watch “2001: A Space Odyssey” and then heading out for dinner. The house needs to be clean, I have at least two errands to run–maybe 3. I need to get laundry done, folded, and put away. I need to make the bed (that I forgot to make as I got out of bed so late.) In work-related spheres, I need to write my 2,000 words, get 4 blog posts done, edit some of another manuscript, read for at least 30 minutes at some point, and take care of my Maiedae work. *Whew*! Busy day.

That’s what a normal day looks like, anyway, but normally, I have a schedule. Mornings are for writing and afternoons are for any other writing work, Maiedae, and errands//housework. Today? I started with some errands//housework, blogging, etc. I have no idea where the day will take me or how I’ll choose to get it all done, but I have confidence that I will. It’s kind of fun, in a way, to imagine how the day will look once it’s done.

The point of this wordy post? Don’t be afraid to switch up your schedule or throw the routine to the wind. Sometimes, you have crazy bank stuff that pops up that you have to take care of. Sometimes you’re sick and a bit sluggish getting started. No biggy. Love on yourself and approach the tasks of the day instead of worrying about the “when” of it all.

Ever had a day where you just threw out your schedule and accomplished things in a random, haphazard order? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by!


~The Writer