When I first started writing, I had three kids, ages 6, 4, and 2. Somehow I managed to write a 450 page book in two months while being a full-time mom.
Because they had a strict schedule. And because they had a strict schedule, I had a strict schedule. My writing time was limited, and I made the most of it.
When they napped, I wrote. When they watched a Disney movie, I wrote (yes, sometimes they watched more than one day—I was a desperate-to-be-published writer!), and when they went to bed at night, I wrote.
Fast forward many, many years later and I find myself the mom of three teenagers who don’t need so much watching over. My time has been mostly my own for quite a while now. And what has happened? My productivity has plummeted.
I know this has everything to do with not having a strict schedule. In my head I have all the time in the world to get my pages done. It’s okay if I spend a little extra time online, if I watch a repeat of Top Chef before I start my pages, if I take a day off to clean out closets… The reasoning—the excuses—go on and on. And it needs to stop.
So, I’ve decided to try out a schedule to see how I do, starting with baby steps. It began yesterday.
It, ah, went okay. I did really well until it came to the actual writing time. I had two blogs I needed to get done ASAP, so I had to work on those first. When they were done, I was a bit zapped of creativity. So, I decided to go to Kroger. And, ah, clean the bathroom.
Baby steps, though. I need to keep that in mind. I will try to do a little more writing today and try, try again tomorrow…
How about you? Are you a stick-to-a-schedule kind of person?