Hello, Readers! Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there!
As my last blog post was about making a decision, this one is about the next step once you make a decision.
Often times, I find if I try to just run on willpower alone I will peter out and eventually my old habits will kick me right back where they always have. As you’ve seen time and time again on this blog.
My next step to getting everything in order is laying out a strategy. I need to know how I’m going to accomplish that goal I set myself with that decision. I’ve spent a lot of time studying various ways to build a strategy, but I’ve only found one that really goes through the way to break it down into bite-sized chunks that resonated with me.
To do so, I detail out my goal and then I break my goal down into small manageable pieces. This part was hard for me because I had to be honest with myself. In the past, I’ve managed to kick out twenty-five thousand words in a day, or on worse days five thousand. As I’m getting started in this once more I didn’t want to set a marker quite so high. I need to build up to that once more.
Instead, I told myself I’d sit down and work for three hours uninterrupted. While that seems simple for some people uninterrupted is a difficult part for me. I spend a lot of time with my phone going off and answering that or visiting with people in chats or groups on Facebook. It comes at a cost of losing that writing momentum.
So, now I’ve set the marker of writing for three hours uninterrupted. I know that I will have good days and bad days. Some I’ll be able to dig into the work and it’ll take me away and I know others it will be a real struggle to keep sitting down for all three of those hours. That is where the focus and commitment come in next.
I have to learn to focus on the task at hand. I’m not a believer in multitasking. In fact, there is way too much scientific information out there that it simply isn’t true. Even if it was, it isn’t true for me. If I try to spread myself up over multiple projects I find that all of the projects suffer. I can’t do it. So either way, I’m a one task person.
However, I digress. We are onto focus. I am vowing to focus on my writing for three hours no matter the output, but I have to do it uninterrupted so no internet, phone or anything. That is my commitment.
I have committed to finishing this novel this year and another one. If I don’t dig my heels in and get my work done, then I’ve failed myself. That is something I can no longer allow myself to do. While I know I will stumble along the way, every day I will do better and better.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.