Day 54 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log –Good Enough or 90 Percent

One good thing about writing every day is that I’m recognizing my patterns quicker. For example, remember the missed deadline? Once I sat down in my trusty, ergonomic writing chair, it only took me 10 minutes to edit and finalize the submission. It was 90% done. Yet, I still blew it off.

The 90 % thing also happened last week. I changed from looking at a yearly goal, to then a 52-day goal, and finally a weekly goal. And things were going well. With my trusty writing smoothie of yogurt and baby food pouch (this morning is apple, banana, blueberry), each morning I whizzed by the 2,024-word goal. After my 1-and-a-half-hour session, I’d head back to my tracking spreadsheet, ready for that flush of accomplishment as I typed in my word count and the cell changed from clear to a cucumber green.

Yes. All was going well until Sunday. Saturday is my designated fun day. And the Saturday before the Sunday in question, I took Twin out to see the musical The Great Comet at the wonderful Horizon Theatre. We finished up the sister date with ribs and pulled pork at one of those new fast casual spots that had Applebee’s prices, but Burger King service. So. Saturday was great.

Sunday, I dragged myself out of bed and made the lethal mistake of not starting my day off with writing. Don’t get me wrong, I could have started the day with writing. It would have been easy. As I’ve written before, I needed to start my routine and then there’s less friction. Instead, because I was already so close to meeting my weekly goal, I told myself I could do it later instead of finishing.

In my day job life, I haven’t been rewarded for being efficient. It’s usually been the opposite – my job description included the phrase “other duties as assigned” and, oh, were other duties assigned because I could do the work and do it well. I have a personal history of bad things following finishing assignments quickly.

I remember one time I pushed through an assignment a supervisor gave me because it was priority even though I had other items on my desk. I was immediately given another high priority project. I slowed down, after that.

Not the best way to handle the situation, granted. The next time something like that happened, I gave my supervisor a list of tasks currently assigned to my desk, along with an estimated time frame of completion, and asked which task should I drop to take on this new duty. See. I learned.

In the case of last week, I only needed to write 1,000 words on Sunday to reach my goal which is about an hour. Because it was easy, though, instead of pushing through, I pushed it off. It was even better because I was procrastinating with taking a writing class thinking – oh, Sunday can be an easy day. No.

Side Note: I’m discovering more about myself through writing than even weight loss. There’s no getting around when something isn’t working and I can’t blame it on – well, the body is gonna body – when fluctuations show up.

Going forward, I’m bringing it back to my old – writing is the first thing I do in the morning and 1,000 words before 1:00 pm. This works. Actually, my schedule works for me. That and seeing the green cucumber Excel spreadsheet cell of success.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 54, – 2/23/24

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

105,965 / 109,296/ 740,784

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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