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Beating the Clock

I almost missed it. I almost finished up my day without doing the post I had scheduled. Almost. But I didn’t. Yes, I’m tired. It was the last day of work before I have an extended time off, a stay-cation, if you will. But I was also dealing with the big kid’s car insurance and arranging a plumber. Long story. And dogs and traffic and on and on…. Then the normal routing – get the kid to bed and work. That all went well. Swimmingly. No complaints. But I ran out of words just before the end of the last review and I had to force my way through. Never good. If you do that, be sure to re-read it 3 times. No less. Because you have to see the actual mistakes.

shallow focus photography of hourglass
Made it just before 12 – technically, it’s still Friday!

Anyway, all that is done and I was gonna just go lay down but nope. I have committed to this blog and that’s what I’m gonna do. Write. At this point it’s just stream of conscious but there was a word of the day if you’d like to discuss: Archaic. And the funny thing is, my reminder to do this, is fairly archaic. I write on an actual paper planner. I use that as my reminder. It has my deadlines, my assignments, I note when I complete projects on there, and it has my commitments (hello WordPress).

person woman apple hotel
A lot of nights, this is me. Anyone else? It’s just so comfy!!

So yeah, maybe I’m not the queen of technological advancements. I haven’t programmed my phone to remind me when things are due and when I should be doing something. The truth is, that requires actual setup and messing with my phone even more than I already do. And I’m just too lazy for that. I’d rather just scribble it down and keep it moving. If that makes me archaic, I’m okay with that. It’s kind of a cool word.

Along those same lines, I’m committing more and more. My business is amping up and it is amazing. However, I’m not finding any more time in my day. Do you happen to know how to go about that? I’m not convinced that digital reminders will save me time, so that one’s out. Any other suggestions? I’d love to hear them. Because I need to add some house projects into that schedule, too, and maybe some TV time because I’m told that I’m missing quite a few good shows on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/etcetera…

closeup photo of person holding panasonic remote control in front of turned on smart television
For some reason, ours is always on Kids Netflix… hmmm…

But, for now, I’m content to keep my planner going, carrying it with me like a schoolgirl. I don’t mind. It’s a quick snapshot and I don’t have to remember passwords or find apps. That’s what happens when you’re lazy. You go old school. I’d love to hear your ideas – please share!!

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agenda, books, Daily Word Prompt, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Words are our Friends

In case you’ve been playing along at home, I’ve decided that I’m going to be a writer. Like, a real writer. One who gets paid to write. And in that vein, I started this blog to pour out everything in my little mind that relates to writing. Some days it will be about my current projects and other days it will just be an attempt to create, in whatever direction that takes. Today might be one of those days.

person holding black and orange typewriter
I kinda want this old school typewriter. But I’m worried I’d knock over my entire manuscript and cry because I forgot to number the pages. Nevermind.

There are times that we just get stuck in the details and creating something new is a challenge that might seem insurmountable. Today, for instance, was a BUSY day. I always start it off with the kid, the dogs, the commute, worrrrrrrkkkkkk, then a reverse commute, daycare, the kid, the dogs, food, bed time for said kid, then finally, quiet. At that point, I’ve poured everything out, or most of everything, and I’m running on fumes. At that point I just don’t have much in me to create with. Sometimes a glass of wine is pretty good inspiration. Other times I just close the computer and take my tail to bed because I’m just done. Like dinner.

woman sleeping
Ahhhhh….. Sleep….

But all of that is okay. It’s okay to push through sometimes because that can be where the magic happens. And it’s also okay to just go to bed and give yourself a break. I was talking with a friend today about taking some time off from the day job and getting some work done. He actually suggested that I sit down and binge watch Netflix. I had to laugh because that is always the last thing on my list. But it is also a great reset button. It’s okay to detach from the schedules and goals and timelines (as long as you’re not missing a deadline), and just give yourself a rest. You deserve it. You do so much every day that a break is needed.

high angle view of lying down on grass
It looks amazing but I’m sure my mind would be focused on bugs and what could be possibly crawling on me. Nope.

I started all of this with the daily word inspiration, Disappear, and I was going to talk about how it’s necessary to just disappear from time to time. By that, I mean from the noise. Take a step back from social media, from the everyday nonsense, and give yourself that needed break. You need to fuel yourself as much as you fuel the rest of the world. If that means disappearing, then so be it. Go off into the mountains for a weekend. Unplug. Go hide out at your best friends for a few days. Whatever it takes to get back to you. Laugh. Be silly. And come back renewed and reinvigorated.

You’ll be more effective and productive. You will have a renewed focus and maybe some new ideas. You never know. Your next novel might be waiting for you in the middle of a campsite.

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Pep Talks and Motivation

I talked a little bit about complications in my last blog post but it just hit me that I didn’t really go into how to actually make yourself take that next step.  How do you find your motivation? Are you an external person who looks to others or prizes to move forward or are you a goal-centered person who just really needs to meet the goal, no matter what? I’m kind of a combination of the two.

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

For me to really get moving, I need to be inspired. If I’m writing, I have to be comfortable. If I’m planning activities for my center, I want the students to have fun and experience our city as much as possible and build real memories they can take with them. If it’s working on client projects, it’s a commitment that I’ve made and I’m sticking with. That’s all well and good, you say, but how do you actually make yourself do it?

man wearing black and white stripe shirt looking at white printer papers on the wall
I’ve always wanted to plan something like this – my bedroom wall would be so amazing!

Great question! And I don’t actually have an answer. Sometimes I have a set schedule: the kid goes to bed at 8, read him a book, get him to sleep, then go work. Other times I have to force myself to sit down at the computer, begrudgingly, leaving the TV turned off, maybe some music on, maybe a glass of wine, and push my way through. Yes, even I do not ALWAYS want to be researching and writing.

But that’s the beauty of this field. I don’t have to always actually BE writing. I can be doing research or searching for new prospects. I can be looking at a webinar or reading books from those who have mastered this field. I can be planning my next step with my business or revamping my website (I need to do this one soon!). However you work it, there is a good bit of work to be done that doesn’t always feel like work.

photo of woman using her laptop
Not me, but sometimes I think I look this happy when I’m working on my projects. Or not. Some can be tedious.

And when it no longer feels like work, that’s when you know you’re in the right place. When you enjoy doing each piece and putting it together like a fantastic dinner or a fully completed novel, you smile and that little piece inside of you says, “Look!  I did that!”  Of course, if you top it off with a paycheck, that’s even better, but that feeling of accomplishment is pretty big with me. I’m constantly surprising myself with things I never knew I could do.

What about you? How do you get the wheels moving? Do you give yourself a pep talk? I literally just did, a few moments ago. Out loud. To my empty house. Or do you stick to a schedule where you produce a set number of words per day/week/month? How do you move your business forward?  I’d love to hear it!