I’m working on getting my blog back on track, along with my writing. I have to admit the last few days have felt amazing to make my writing such a priority. I believe I’d forgotten how much I truly loved the ability to sit down and transport myself into worlds that exist in my head. Ones that I can put down on paper and share with others.
The first step to all of this is I had to quit treating my writing like a hobby. If I keep it as a hobby then I tend to put everything else above it. Which means most days, there simply wasn’t time to write. So, to combat this I wrote a work schedule. I shoveled off eight hours to get my work done. Now, that won’t always be writing alone, sometimes I will need to work on promotions or other business things.
The next thing I did was locate my Bullet Journal. I have to keep to-do lists. If I don’t keep one handy for the month as well as each day, I tend to overbook myself or forget the list of things that I need to accomplish. Plus, getting to cross out each thing I finish helps me feel motivated to continue on.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to jump right back into eight hours work days that were distraction free. After all, I am a procrastinator by trade and this is something I’ve allowed to run rampant for a long time. That meant I would have to work my way up to long work hours that were distraction free, by that I mean my own distractions. So, I put down a word count goal of 2,000 words.
While some people will say that is a lot, others will say that is minimal. I call that my easy word count goal. That is the one I can hit in an hour and a half on a good day, but I have days where that can take me up to four hours as well. Those are my distraction days. So, for me, 2,000 words are a good start for me.
I know it takes me about 2 weeks to really settle into a routine. Therefore my goal is to sit down to write 2,000 words every day. I cannot get up until that is done or miss a day. This will help me build up momentum that will carry on. After some time, I am hoping to raise the word count, but first I have to push through the two week drag for it.
So, while I still have the 8 hour work schedule, I know part of that will be used for promotions. Part will be me trying to procrastinate. There will even be time where I just stare at the screen trying to make up excuses on why I can’t write for that day.
True to the way I work, once I build up the momentum than I can increase my word count back up to 5,000 a day. Still, one step at a time.
Do you have methods you have to us to get you up and doing things? Are you a procrastinator as well?
Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.