2016 · February

Knowing your own faults

Hello, Readers!!
Monday, oh how I loathe thee. Let me count the ways…Haha (Technically you’re not seeing this until Tuesday, but I wrote it on Monday, if that counts.)
Okay, I’m one of the weird ones that Monday doesn’t actually bother me. It shifts my schedule, but at this point not enough to bother me. As you can tell from earlier posts I had a huge burst in word count.
I have the potential to kick out those high of word goals almost every day. I’d have to take a break every five days or so to rest my hands as carpul tunnel is not my friend, but the time and ability still all lies within me. However, that being said, in the past I was great at extremely high outputs, but they would be in bursts. I generally only hit ten thousand days once in awhile.
With all of the adjusting that I am doing this year, and reorganizing my writing and myself I am trying to be more productive with my time. That means interacting on Facebook, and Twitter. It means writing more blog posts, as well as focusing on my writing career.
Does it work every day? No, it’s a work in progress like everything in my life.
Each morning I wake up and forgive myself for what I didn’t accomplish the day before. Let’s face it. We’re all human. There are going to be days where we just aren’t as productive as we think we should be. That’s okay. If you spend all of the day after angry that you didn’t get things done in the past you’re setting yourself up for robbing your productivity that day as well. So, let it go.
You know you better than anyone else. You know your faults, learn to work with them. If you’re like me and you have extremely high output days, but they aren’t consistent, that’s fine. Maybe don’t go for a daily word count goal, go with an word count average for the week. Let’s face it, life is busy. Some days we have more time to sit and dedicate to writing than others. Use your time wisely, and you’ll find you’re more productive than you think.
Try using a bullet journal or even a to do list to track things you need to accomplish throughout the day. Sometimes having that list right there in front of you helps keep you on track. I know it’s made a huge difference in my life. Things I’d normally forget about, aren’t forgotten, and I find myself more productive.
That might not work for you, and that is okay. Sit down, think about your own faults. I know none of us like to do that, but write up a list. Once you have that list write a second list of ways that you can work around these faults.
My list was I found myself cruising Facebook when I should have been writing. My word count output was never consistent. I could never keep track of things I needed to accomplish during the day, and I put my writing second to everything, and I mean everything.
I took that list, and I figured out ways around it. The hubby man set me up a second account on my computer under my request. It’s a child account, and Facebook is one of the main blocked things on it. So when I’m ready to write, I flip to that account. It makes it not so easy to just click a button and bring it up. I also removed it off my phone. Taking away the easy access has increased my productivity time immensely.
Next was my word count consistency. I probably will never be completely consistent. I aim for roughly 2,000 a day, or even I look at my plot board and say, I want to finish those five index cards on it, no matter the word count amount. That means that I set myself a new goal every day, and it’s seen me more productive by doing so. Generally once I hit my goal I’m so in the zone I continue on.
Now for my loss of time. I use a bullet journal, which came to me by way of suggestion from a great friend, Ellie Mack. We’ve both been known to not be the most organized people from time to time. It has changed my life, and I could never thank her enough for that. Also when it comes to my writing, I keep writing binders now. I have three binders currently set up. One houses the WIP I’m currently working on. It contains all of my character sheets, research, and notes of things and scenes I need to add in later on that came to me while writing. The second binder houses my next in line WIP. Which I’ve been shoving ideas into during various down times when I’m not working on my current WIP. It’s really starting to flesh out nicely now, so soon I’ll be able to start the plotting process for it once my current one is out of first draft mode. The third binder I store all of my ‘Shiny New Ideas’. I call it my slush pile. Something may come out of all those shiny new ideas or they may spend eternity in that binder. Either way, I have an organized spot to store them, and they aren’t in various notebooks scattered everywhere. In that binder is a spot for characters I’ve thought up, settings that intrigue me, scenes that pop into my head, or even plot ideas. All of them are stored neatly, and organized so no more losing things.
So remember, no matter what the day before held today is a fresh new day. It is the first day of a new you. Start it with positivity, and see what you can accomplish.
L.O.L., my friends. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

2 thoughts on “Knowing your own faults

    1. Thank you, Cat. The bullet journal just allows me to keep a list of things I need to accomplish during the day instead of keeping a thousand easy to lose stickies, or even trusting my aging mind to remember the things I need to accomplish. If I try to keep the three ring binder idea on my computer I find I lose that kind of thing every time my computer needs to be reinstalled or glitches, so it keeps that out of the way of technology issues.

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