True Confessions

All right, folks, it’s time for the report on my misdeeds as recorded in the log of Shame. As many of you know, for the past week I have been logging my daily adventures, both good and bad.

Okay, we’ve all got house work, meals to prepare, dogs to walk, etc. it’s called a life. But there are other hours in the day, however there never seemed to be enough. Why? Why can some people get it done and others not? It was time to find out.

It didn’t take long to see where it was going. A bunch of it went to social media, but necessarily in a constructive way. Still more of it went to on-line games, and a fair bit of time went into getting my head into the story.

Oh yes, indeed. It wasn’t just the time I was losing to other pursuits; it was my difficulty getting the enthusiasm up for the project. Why? My old habit was to sit down with a coffee, check the sales figures, get depressed, go on social media, whine a bit, encourage as many folks as I could, then start reading blogs to get my head back in the game. It can be a tough sell.

I started recording this a week ago Wednesday, told you about it on Sunday, and changed the routine last Tuesday. I am thrilled and the ROW80 check-in below will testify to the change. I will write more on this subject come Wednesday.
ROW80 check-in:
1.      Write 10,000 words per week. (Did it, life is good. J)
2.      Read 10,000 words per week. (Got it.)
3.      Edit ten pages of a completed MS. (Did 10 pages per day.:)
4.      Feature a new author every Friday (I didn’t even manage a blog post Friday. My bad.)
5.      Read and comment on 10 blogs per week. (Made it.)
6.      Log my computer time to see where I can change my work and play habits for the better. (Did it. This can be truly frightening, but illuminating.)
Well, that’s it for today, folks. So, have any of you tried to keep a log of your time? How did it go? Wednesday I’ll let you know a bit about how I made changes and the results so far.

10 thoughts on “True Confessions

  1. I can so relate to having trouble getting into the writing! That seems to be my theme for the month. 🙁 Good on you for your detective work – I'm looking forward to learning more about how you overcame your time-wasters!

  2. I've had that experience, too. It's better for me to postpone checking sales or social media until the day's word count is accomplished. I produce better words faster if I tackle writing first thing, so when I can manage it, that's what I do.

    Best of luck in the coming week!

  3. Hi J.R., it is actually amazing, the difference in both the quality and quantity of work I can get done if I stay off the internet until I am finished working. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Oh Pru, I know what you mean. The social media sucks you in. I am going to make a log myself. I think it's a great way to keep check on how I'm spending my time. I think this will make me more productive. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  5. I've done some keeping track, but not just lately, because I've realized that when I am not writing, it is often because I am filling up to write, and the writing is better if I let some of those things happen subterraneously, and allow my mind to wander from here to there. Just now, I am doing a lot of learning – about writing, and about myself.

    I feel like I am on a threshold to something new and wondrous, and I am not rushing the process of crossing over, because I want as smooth a transition as possible.

    That said, I have no sales to track, as yet, so I don't have that….but, when I really want to devote myself to something, I try to avoid going online with my laptop at all, saving that for my Kindle, which allows me to browse quickly, but doesn't encourage lingering responses.

    Overall, I am writing vastly more than I was a year or two ago, and so I see that as solid movement in the direction I want to travel…

    May your new habits take, and bring you delightful productivity…..

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