Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Plan

Based on your excellent suggestions yesterday I have decided to devise a rough plan for my writing time.

My goals:

1. When I wake up in the morning I will only check email-- no blogging.

2. I will write 1000 words on my WIP before I read or write blogs.

3. I will only write, blog, email etc. before my kids wake up and while my baby naps in the afternoon.

4. I will spend the rest of my day playing with my kids, running errands, and possibly cleaning and doing laundry.

I've tried to plan my time on a more rigid schedule than this and it never works out. I am not the kind of person who follows schedules very well. Hopefully the 1000 words before I can blog will motivate me to get some writing done. I'm going to try for a week or two and see if I can make it a habit.

Do you have any goals (writing related or not) for the next month?


Linda Kage said...

Sounds like a good schedule to me. And I'm like you. I've never followed rigid schedules I tried to set for myself.

But I have learned that I don't blog on weekends. I might set my computer to post one on a Sat or Sun but I don't write or respond to them then. That's my strictly family time I guess.

Good luck on your goals.

Marybeth Poppins said...

Good luck with that :)

I actually would like to spend some time writing this month. I haven't been able to get much done lately. Mostly due to a lack of creativity...but that's beside the point ;)

MeganRebekah said...

I am so terrible with schedules. I think that it's the strangely competitive side of my brain that loves most be competitive with myself (if that makes sense). If I set a schedule, a part of me wants to do everything in its power to throw off the schedule and run amiss in chaos.

For me, I've found that I do my best writing outside of the house. I'm trying to go the library a few nights a week so I get some uninterrupted time to just type. No possibilty for TV or phones or cleaning or dogs wanting to walk. Just me and my laptop, surrounded by thousands of published books for inspiration.

Patti said...

I write a schedule up every Sunday. What I'm going to make for dinner, what I'm going to do for exercise and how many words I'm going to write.

Invariably I don't make the meals or exercise, but lately I'm finding my writing goals are being met.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Lazy Writer said...

Great plan! Yes, please let us know if it works.

Jody Hedlund said...

Looks like a great plan! Will be cheering you on!!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Hey - what happened to the dog's frisbee time?! LOL Great plan, I wish I could stick to one myself. Good luck, I'll be back to see if it's working! (it helps to announce your goals, doesn't it? A little more accountable.)

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

this sounds like a great plan, natalie! i should take your advice and do exactly what you have posted above. :)

thanks for stopping by my blog with comment encouragement! :)

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Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Sounds like a good plan. There's also unplug week. I've only managed to completely unplug for one week, but it def does help.

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh boy...1,000 words pre-blogging would kill me! I'm blogsessed. It's pathetic.

I usually force myself to write by not allowing any TV time until I've written my chapter for the day. Which is what I'm supposed to be doing right now...this practice has lead to a REALLY full DVR.

Tamika: said...

Hi Natalie!

I love your new schedule, it doesn't appear rigid and demading like most schedules. Spending time with your family is the greatest highlight.

I struggle after working forty hours to get enough time with them and write. I guess I'll never eat lunch again (lol)!

Blessings to you...