Well, y’all. I made the classic mistake when it comes to behavioral change – I tried to change too much. What’s too much? For me, it turns out that going to bed 30 minutes earlier was too much of a change. So, I knocked the goal down to going to bed 15 minutes earlier than 30. That worked out well. I’ve changed the reminder on my phone and updated my “do not disturb” settings, too.
Also, I like writing these little warm-up blog posts. I’ll keep doing them as long as they’re working for me.
Currently, this is my writing schedule:
- Write Reporting blog post
- Reading over the previous day’s words – adding dropped words and context
- Writing new words
I use the clock app on my computer for focus and to make sure I get up at least every 30 minutes to take a short activity snack. More “but in chair” time means being more aware of taking care of my back which reminds me I really need to put my office chair together.
For tracking, I’m using the Toggl tracking app. There are plenty of tracking apps out there, this is just the one that I’m using. Every week, I get a report on my time.
Disclaimer: Tracking works and motivates me. It may not work for you. Like, planning an entire month of work on a calendar freaks me out. Any long term plans I have are general. As for something like plotting? Like, how do y’all know everything before it’s going to happen? How do you keep interest in a story after that? Looking at my love for data and tracking, you would assume I would be a plotter. That makes sense. It’s not how things work, though.
After this month, I should have some nice data points. For example, last weekend I wrote considerably less than during the week. What’s up with that? Will this trend continue? We. Will. See.
One thing I’ll play around with this weekend is to concentrate on the publishing aspect. I’ve mentioned before I want to collect my winter short stories. For that, I’ll need an introduction to the collection and also individual introductions to the stories and marketing copy. Those are the things I can see if it works better for the weekend.
What works this quarter may not work next quarter. I found this out the hard way with my health journey. It’s been stalled. The main reason being I had a hard time recovering when the days became shorter and colder interrupting my lovely schedule of walking in the local parks every day either before or after work. That, and I wasn’t in training for an event.
Even if I’m not doing something with a group, it helps me to have an external goal, some sort of challenge that I can’t quit or it would be hard to quit. It’s the reason why I signed up for this challenge.
So, the mistake I made with my health is that I didn’t anticipate the shorter days being a problem and it’s slowed me down. It’s the reason why I’m thinking of joining a gym – just to have a consistent place to walk and to get me out the house.
If you think I’m too concerned about anticipating changes in my schedule, that’s the reason why I am. My vision is to have a sustainable writing life. My vision is to consistently write and publish my work. To do that, I need to anticipate any conerns and mitigate them to the best of my current ability knowing that life is gonna life.
Keep moving forward.
As of Day 12 – 1/12/24
# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Weekly Goal