I have the day off work today and here I am before my writing computer, sitting at my writing desk at my appointed time. Is habit working for me? Yeah. That and goals and the knowledge that I’ll be reporting my monthly word count soon because it’s due at the end of the month which is helpful. I’m not the kind of person who needs to be with a group, but as long as someone is out there expecting something from me, it helps with accountability.
What’s gotten me to the computer more than anything is to know that the hardest part of any project is just getting started. It’s something I need to remind myself of again and again. It’s a useful trick and one I use with exercising regularly.
I’ll tell myself – just get to the park. The goal is to drive to the park. The goal is to press play on the YouTube exercise video. The goal is just to start. If you want to quit after 20 minutes, then you can quit.
It works because 20 minutes is a perfectly doable amount of time. I used to say 10 minutes, but honestly I would quit after 10 minutes. For me, 20 minutes is that perfect amount of time to break through inertia. After 20 minutes, I can go until my battery runs down and it’s time to switch tracks. For me, this happens around 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
Side Note: It’s easy for me to say that what I’ve done up to this point doesn’t matter. I’m technically an award-winning writer, but it’s not as if my name has landed as a finalist for a major award. Editors are not flooding my inbox requesting submissions to their projects.
Through writing consistently for extended periods of time, I’ve learned what my body needs and what I’m capable of doing. It may seem like I’m just able to pick up and start writing regularly 2,024 words a day but it comes because of the mistakes I made. Maybe I haven’t wasted all that time. But for reals? Track what works for you. Do it. And forget what everyone else says. If it’s getting you the results you want, then it works. Everyone is different – different backgrounds, different experiences, different ages. Nothing will work for everyone.
I’ve mentioned before how my health journey has stalled. So, I’m changing some things up when it comes to how much I’m eating and how much I’m moving. I’m running an experiment. As part of the experiment, I’m going to be doing new things, uncomfortable things. Writing this is a reminder that I only need to take the first action. And after that? Keep taking those actions.
Get Started. Stay started. Wrestle with the challenges instead of quitting which I’ve done before. Instead, keep tweaking to find what works and then keep doing that, refining the process bit by bit.
I’ve been workshopping phrases for the year. I’m using Confidence and Consistency that I found through a traveling group online. It’s a good phrase. It sums everything up.
Keep moving forward.
As of Day 26, – 1/26/24
# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Month Goal
49,784 / 52,624/ 62,744