I need a plan

Yep. You read that right. After two days in a row of starting work at six in the morning, I need a plan that keeps me motivated to write when I arrive home exhausted, tired, and disinterested in doing anything, except snuggling up under my bed sheets. Of course, some of that may also have to do with the weather. I can acclimate to cold weather if you give me enough time.

I’m sure some of the exhaustion will wear off once I get used to waking up that early. Maybe it’s that some of my bosses don’t exactly give me a lunch break, it’s just “eat when you’re not busy doing other stuff”. I only have one supervisor who will insist on me taking a break if I’m working six hours or more.

The list for what the problem actually is, or what it might be, grows the more I think about what might be causing this. Whatever is causing the exhaustion, I need to find a way to combat it. This sort of lethargy is not going to fly long-term, especially with my aspirations of getting full-time employment.

I write at night. And when I’m feeling burned out from work, or hungry, or like I need to take a shower, the last thing I want to do is write. It’s a strange quirk of mine that I don’t know how to explain. I need to figure out a way to get past this. This is not going to work in the long-term, especially now that I’ve allowed myself to host write-ins at Barnes and Noble as an alternate to the ML led write-in on Tuesday night.

Does anyone else have to make a plan that guarantees writing fits into their daily schedule?

One thought on “I need a plan

  1. I know one thing that helped me was figuring out how long it takes me to write a certain amount. I do daily writings at 750words.com, and what is nice is that it gives you statistics on your writing such as how fast you completed it. I know it takes me about 20-30 minutes to write 750 words as long as they’re flowing. That brings me to my next step which is preparing to write. It’s not hugely complicated, I just try to get myself in the mindset and have a little mini discussion with myself about what I’m going to write about. That helps to make the writing go faster especially when I’m short of time.

    I don’t really have a set time to do my writings but I try not to leave them until the evening because I know I’m less likely to be motivated or remember. Because I know approximately how long it will take me to write a certain amount of words, I feel comfortable fitting the writing into a smaller chunk (or several chunks) of the day instead of trying to find a whole hour or two. I usually tend to do it in the mornings or during my lunchtime. I know that may not be feasible with your schedule but that is the formula that has worked for me so far.

    Good luck!


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