Make It Easy on Yourself

Hey reader, I woke up thinking about you, about how we’ve been apart for too long. It’s not you; it’s me.

You see, I thought I had to have the perfect topic, the perfect, most thought out post, if I were going to write to you.

Let me back up.

My goal is to work out every day. I enjoy working out, and that’s the problem. Choices. I didn’t decide last night, so this morning (while I was thinking about writing this post — or not) I had to decide: the gym, outdoors, YouTube, Beachbody, video, or free form?

Beachbody. Because I have a subscription.

Fine. Hook computer to TV or do it in the dining room?

Dining room?

Okay, but move the laundry you did yesterday, move the chairs, start computer, restart router.

I was looking forward to it, because an exercise session boosts me for the next 3-4 hours.

But I could have made it easier on myself.

On my way to the back porch to find my workout shoes, I paused in the kitchen, ended up unloading and reloading the dishwasher, totally forgetting about my shoes.

Same goes with writing. Make it easy on yourself! Preplan that shit. Here are questions to ask yourself:

  1. When will you write?

  2. What will you work on?

  3. Where will you write?

  4. What do you need to successfully write?

  5. For how long will you write?

  6. When will you know you are finished for the day?

These are all important questions, ya’ll. Had I planned my exercise last night, down to laying out my workout clothes, I could have been finished at least half an hour earlier.

I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty good about organizing my writing. I wasn’t today. Ha, and you thought I was only slacking on the exercise prep front.

Here’s why I was hesitating: because I printed a draft of my novel last week and went through it, I had to decide whether to go back through the draft with another color ink (because I hate unnecessarily printing drafts: I’m a tree lover and it gets expensive). I still didn’t know which to do this morning.

I also have a couple of book reviews due, and wanted to start on an essay. But I knew the book review I most needed to work on would intimidate me. It did.

So what to do?

I decided to work on the book review for an hour. Then I wrote a list of essay topics. Lastly, I had to decide whether to type in my book corrections or not. I did corrections.

While I only finished half (so far) of the pages I’d hoped to type revisions in on, I got that much finished.

Next time, though, I will be more prepared. I will make those tough decisions, and make them early. I will plan so I don’t get bogged down in indecision or fear.

P.S. I do apologize for being gone so long, and I pledge to make you a priority from now on. It’s taken some time to learn what you want and need, and what I want to write up.

Do you have a writing schedule? Let’s hear about it!