Day 91 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Back to Basics

I mentioned earlier how I’m going back to doing what I consistently did in the past to win. One of those things was to move my phone away from my nightstand when I get ready for bed. It was such a simple action that worked, and I just got out of the habit.

The problem with keeping my phone on my nightstand was that I found myself scrolling social media at night instead of going to sleep. This was not beneficial. This habit didn’t improve my life. It was the opposite – it stole hours from my precious morning which is when I draft words. I’m learning that all time is not equal. Morning time is more valuable to me than time in the evening.

Well. Wil power didn’t work. Setting my phone to “go to bed” at a certain time didn’t work. Setting limits on my social media usage didn’t work.

I mentioned my challenge in the wellness group I belonged to at the time and a woman there had the best suggestion – her phone “went to bed” in another room. So. I tried it. I changed the location of my phone charger from next to my bed to across the room. And that worked.

I did that last night and, again, it worked. I was able to get the coveted princess sticker meaning that I slept at least 7 hours. And now I’m up and writing this post.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 91, – 3/31/24

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

163,160/184,184 / 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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