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?


Aurian said...

At work it is productive if I get done what I wanted/needed to do that day. Later at home, I am productive when I actually do write all the reviews I need to write and catch up with all my hundreds of emails. Unfortunately, I spend too much time on Facebook and especially its evil games lately.

NoraA said...

It's a productive day when I remember what needs to get done, and I actually don't get sidetracked from doing it. Starting out to do laundry which leads to cleaning the closet where the household supplies are kept, to seeing that I'm out of something so I have to run to the supermarket to replace it.

Hours later remembering I forgot to do laundry so I run it down to the laundry room to find a neighbor beat me out and I have to come back.... See, it's productive when I can get from point A, to point B without all the other stuff in the middle. LOL

Unknown said...

Congrats on your word count! I'm not hitting 2000 words a day, but I've written 20,000 words so far this month, which feels pretty good. Now to keep it up.

Julie Hyzy said...

Isn't it interesting how we measure our successful days? Sometimes, I have to admit, being productive means that I answered all my email. I have the same buggy eyes by the end of the day, but not the word count. Productive, yes, but so much less enjoyable.

Speaking of word count, I did hit my goal yesterday. Crossed it and came in at 3,200 words. Woo-hoo! I can already tell you that today's count will be lower. But anything I can get done today will be welcome.

Hope you have productive days today, too!