You get used to living your life a certain way, then things change, and you have to find new ways to do things, create new habits, develop new routines, drop all your old ones. I used to crawl out of bed around 9 or 10, relax around the house for an hour or two, then work as I pleased at intervals of my choosing. Now I'm up at 7 or 8 in the morning to feed, change, and play with the midget for 2 hours, after which she goes back to sleep. That's the magic time when most moms eat, bathe, check emails, smoke crack, etc. That's what I've been doing too, up until now (minus the crack. I'm a meth girl 'cause I love the way my face looks covered in scabs).
I'm realizing, however, that this new routine is going to have to change if I ever want to get any work done. I've discovered that those magic hours in the morning when Myriam is sleeping are the hours during which I have the most energy. By the time my next chunk of "me" time rolls around in the afternoon, I'm ready to crawl under a rock somewhere, never to be seen again. Like an idiot, that is the time I normally allot for work. Can you guess what happens? That's right, NOTHING. Nothing ever gets done. Well, an old Will and Grace DVD gets watched, some potato chips get eaten, but that is all.
So, here's my third tip for solving my time management issue mentioned here. Don't be an asshole with your time. Sounds obvious, but it's taken me 28 years to figure it out, even though I'm sure I've been told before. Decide when your most productive hours during the day are, and reserve that time for working and nothing else. If your productive hours are on Friday night from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., then you'll have to spare your social life and be a freaky shut in if you ever want to succeed. Luckily for me, my productive hours occur when the rest of the world is unconscious. Too bad I'm the one who's unconscious on Friday nights, and I'm the freaky shut in.
Oh well. I'm sure it wont' be long before my habits change again. Maybe one day my afternoons won't be filled with Will and Grace, and potato chips, but Flight of the Concords and Cheetos.