Did I succeed??????
First thing I discovered: moving first thing keeps me awake. I had J.H. Moncrieff suggest I try starting my day by writing instead of checking things. A good idea, but one that I've found doesn't work well for me. Why? Apparently, if I get up, sit down and do stuff like write, my brain decides it's time to go back to bed because I'm not in motion and I start nodding off. Then I'm lethargic the rest of the day. What I found really helps me (on days off) is getting up and doing chores or errands first. If I spend the first hour being active, I find I'm not nearly as tired later.
So, now instead of getting up and checking my email and all that stuff, I jump right into doing household chores or running errands. Then when I'm done there, I check stuff. (Of course, if I have work then all depends on what time I have to work.)
Second thing I discovered: taking ONE day to read and comment on blogs was easier than doing it every day at a set time. My plan had been to check blogs every day around 2:30pm, but I found it much more productive to do it every Friday night while watching GT Live (it's a youtuber.) I didn't read and comment on every post, but each blog I'm subscribed to gets a visit from me once a week regularly. Doing this also meant I wasn't worrying about it the other days off the week and that itself freed up some space in my mind.
Third thing I learned: As expected, naps happened after working. My job is very active and I also run the kitchen so that's a nice load of stress on me. Add to it some chronic health issues that are draining. So I didn't really learn anything here. Although, I did learn if I do the 1st thing I learn, I am much less likely to take a nap on days I don't work.
Fourth thing I figured out what setting a day off didn't work for me. I said I'd take Sundays off to give myself a day to slack off, but half the time Sunday would roll around and I'd feel motivated to do something. No way am I passing up that feeling.
As for the rest, there weren't any epiphanies. Getting exercise in was easier with hubby and during the walks I had someone to talk to, but that's no surprise. I think it's well known that have a work out buddy motivates people to do it.
SO what can YOU take away from this?
What about you? Have any tips to be more productive? Especially with a chronic illness. What time of day are you the most motivated to get writing?