For the first time since I put my schedule into practice on Saturday I did not want to write. I was very tired and due to plans with a friend I missed my usual productive time to write before lunch. As it was I did not end up sitting down to write my minimum 500 words until almost 7pm. However, I did do it. I reasoned it was only 500 words, it would only take around 15-20minutes and my reward would be a half hour nap! As it was, I ended up writing over 800 words.
I think in order to have a successful writing schedule you need to be ruthlessly honest with what you believe you can acheive on a daily basis. It is great to have a goal in mind, but it has to be realistic. In fact, I think in order to ensure positive results you should aim to make it just that little bit less than you believe a realistic target to be.
During my recovery from the illness I am suffering from the advice I was given with regard to building up to activity was ‘always do 50% less than you think you are able’ and ‘never increase your goals by more than 10% each week’. I think this perhaps also applies when initiating a writing schedule with specific goals. My initial reticence at tackling 500 words on Saturday was only challenged because, to me, 500 words is now not many words to consider writing in one sitting. If I had a target of 1,000 words however, I might have been further put off and simply not even bothered to attempt it because I assume I would fail: who wants to tackle something when failure seems like the only outcome?
So, I’m still on track: I’m writing regularly, I’m feeling positive because I am over-achieving that which I set as a minimum and I’m enjoying my rewards as I succeed. I don’t think it will ever be ‘easy’ but by not making things unduly difficult for myself I’m much more likely to stay in a positive frame of mind and feel capable of that which I want to accomplish.