A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend introduced me to SimCity. It took an hour for me to get hooked, and for a week I played every chance I got. My cities are pretty awesome. He suggested that we should get the Sims (he first brought this up a little over a year ago, when I gushed over how cool it was that you can have your character in Pokemon X change clothes). We agreed for budget reasons that we would complete a Great Work in our SimCity region BEFORE we got the Sims.
But it was on sale over the weekend. And so I got the Sims.
Now, my first couple hours were spent designing my ideal “me” and my boyfriend (because that’s what you do with the Sims, is it not?). And of course my character aspires to be a bestselling author. And how does she do that? Write every day.
This, in and of itself, has inspired me to get more writing done. I gave myself the task of writing for 1/2 hour every day.
Why only a half hour? Well that’s the time management part. When you see virtual you struggling to get everything done that she needs to and still take care of herself, you realize how much time you waste and/or just don’t have. So I am much more attuned to what I have time for, how much time I have, and the most important things to do. I have a lot to accomplish in a day, from basic tasks like making the bed or showering to steps on the path towards accomplishing goals (like staining the boards for a bookshelf, or writing every day). I just can’t fit in everything every day at the amounts I would like – plus I probably don’t have the energy for such an endeavor. But I can take small chunks of time that would otherwise be spent aimlessly wandering the house (like the 20 minutes between being ready for work and going to work) and use them for something productive.
It also helps to have goals and action steps posted above my desk for easy referral.
With this diligence, the next book should be ready to go before long!