Thursday, July 25, 2013

What's productive?

by Julie

I took our youngest daughter to New York City in celebration of her turning 21. Nope, we didn't hang out at bars or down martinis. She's not interested in drinking and I'm completely okay with that! Instead, we saw four shows (of varying quality), visited with my editors, and took in the sights. Wonderful four days. The weather was a bit too warm, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Because I had that trip to Door County in June, this trip to New York, Grace Takes Off's release, the extended 4th of July holiday weekend, my book launch party about ten days ago, and a few other family commitments, I haven't been able to devote as much time to actual writing as I'd like.

Last week I buckled down. This week I'm continuing to make progress. We have a super busy weekend coming up. Even though I'll be home, I won't be at the computer starting Friday, through Monday, for sure. So it was even more imperative that I get some words behind me.

At one point in my life I wrote two pages a day, every day. Did that for five years straight with no misses. That's about 500 words per day. These days, I try to write a minimum of 2,000 words per day. I have to admit, I don't always achieve that goal, but when I do I feel great.

Monday of this week, I did about eight loads of laundry, made dinner (vegetarian for my daughter, chicken with lots of fresh veggies for us), and still hit my 2,000 word goal. That was a productive day. Tuesday I hit 2,500 and as I write this, it's Wednesday morning. I'm hoping to clear 3,000 words today. I'll comment below and let you know.

We all have different responsibilities, different interests, different demands on our time. What does a productive day look like for you?