If you’re struggling with time management or productivity, take back your control by starting with writing something every day. The key word is “something” — as generic a word that is.
Something could be a journal entry, a poem, a dream, a blog post, a conversation overheard in the coffee shop, a letter to your grandmother, a short story, a memory, a character sketch, captions to summer photos, setting, exchange of dialogue, a chapter to your novel, your author profile, an epilogue, back cover blurb, news article, commenting on an author’s blog/website, a travelogue, a prayer, a wish list to Santa.
By writing something every day you are establishing a writing habit–which helps you manage your time. A writing habit will allow you to . . .
Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions for success.
Setting goals is an absolute best first step. But setting goals doesn’t actually guarantee you’ll get anything accomplished. While there is something to be said for “winging it” or “let’s just see what happens” because we are taking the initial steps of action, forward progress won’t continue without a strategy.
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This is a reblog from last year. March-ing toward Goal Achievement is not just a play on words–this time of year truly does kick my butt. I suffer low energy levels and my productivity output decreases.
The strategies I outline through the next four weeks have truly helped get me back on track–not just with productivity but creativity also. Maybe you’ll find some helpful gems in this series!
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One of the many grumblings I hear among people on social media is that they struggle with self-management = accountability. This includes sticking to goals, organization, time, attention/distraction. As lone wolves, writers are forced to rely on themselves to get the work done, however they planned it. Or didn’t plan it. Many writers set a goal and chug through till it’s accomplished. Set a new goal, chug through that till it’s accomplished. So on and so forth. Some writers do well with this, and they don’t need outside support.
Many writers who spend more time in a writing cave than out and about in the bustling world tend to have less of a handle on productivity and self-management. Speaking for myself, if I could spend all day in my nether worlds with my characters I would, dinner and kid pick-up after school be damned.
But I have real-world obligations that actually force me to step out of my cave and act like a normal person…
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Today is November 30th and NaNoWriMo ends at 11:59 p.m. Congratulations to everyone who finished. Crazy-loud cheers to everyone who is still writing.
Wherever you may be with your word count, the most important point to take away from this challenge was that you gave it your best shot. No matter if you’re still stuck around 20,000 words — be proud of yourself that you tried.
And keep writing.
One of the biggest reasons that writers stop being writers is because they never finish their stories.
So keep writing.
If you lost your way with NaNoWriMo, I can help! Register for a story assessment! Comment below if you’d like more information.
**Story assessments are available for any manuscript, no matter what shape it’s in, NaNo-originated or not!
Have a writerly day!