Day 31 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Ruthless Consistency

So. I was thinking about my great plans for getting back on track while I was making my morning writing smoothie, and the thought came to me that was simple but beautiful – I wouldn’t have to get back on track if I didn’t get off track in the first place.

I’m not talking about life rolls or things I can’t control that pop out of nowhere or even an all-hands-on-deck situation at my job. I have no control over those things.

There are, however, quite a few things that I can control. I can control my time. I can control when I write. I can control my writing sessions. It’s best to concentrate on what I can control because the only thing I can depend on is that something is going to change.

As I’ve written before, my morning writing session is my easiest writing session. I have the most energy in the morning and I don’t know if it takes 30 days to form a habit, but it hasn’t been that incredibly hard to fit it in. Part of this is probably because I’d already been working on going to bed at the same time every night for sleep health.

My goal going forward is ruthless consistency. If I’m consistent everything else flows. Now, I’ve also realized that right now is the easiest it will probably ever be for me. I’m aware that things change. I used to look at those charts and be a fan of the whole “If you start at 25 and consistently put money in your retirement account at 67, you’ll have BLAH amount of funds” stories. The problem was that at 25, I wasn’t able to put in that amount of money. I stocked away a certain percentage, but it took decades and more job changes that look reasonable to get to the point where I am now.

If I had stuck to the paradigm given which is simplistic for a reason, I understand that, then I would have not looked at life like the river it is. There are some parts of your life where you’ll be able to write more. There are some parts of your life when you won’t. It’s like gardening. A successful gardening season comprises of 3 basic skills – getting the plant to grow, protecting the plant from pests, and finally using/storing the produce. These are 3 different skill sets and take up a different amount of time. In the summer, I’m usually in the garden every day, checking for signs of pests and disease and if I find it doing research to find out how to solve it. Seed starting doesn’t take that much time but making pickles (I love cucumbers) does.

Right now, my decks are cleared. And this is the easiest it’s going to get when it comes to writing – I’m not on any kind of deadline, I don’t plan to submit to any short story magazines. I’m concentrating on writing, not publishing. I work remotely so my time isn’t eaten up by commuting to and from a job. If I find a schedule and stick to it inside the parameters of my responsibilities every day, I’ll reach my goals.

As part of this goal, I’ve changed my spreadsheet so that when I write over 2,024 words in a day, the box turns green.

Keep moving forward.

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Tracking

As of Day 31, – 1/31/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Month Goal

58,080 / 62,744/ 62,744

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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