Friday already! Where has the week gone?
This has been the first week when I’ve felt properly ready and able to get back into writing and blogging on a regular basis again since Christmas.
Yet, I still couldn’t quite shake off a certain ‘brain-fog’ which has plagued me for some months now, a feeling of going around and around in circles, of being overwhelmed with my writing projects and not able to think clearly.
I had every hope that after the Christmas break I would emerge refreshed and invigorated with a brand new writing schedule to hand, fired up and raring to go but alas, this didn’t happen.
Not even a little bit.
What I did emerge with is the realization that the biggest obstacle standing in the way of my being able to achieve any kind of proper writing schedule is my appalling time management skills.
I used to be good at this, so what went wrong?
Every day, with the best intentions in the world I would set out with all my writing goals for the day in tact but I would fall at the first hurdle time and time again. This is because I couldn’t resist the urge to have just a ‘quick look’ at my emails first. Then my blog. Then read other blogs. Big mistake.
Before I knew it, the clock would be chiming 3 pm, my morning tea had gone cold, I was still in my PJs, cold, hungry and dehydrated, the cats swirling around me like sharks sizing me up for their midday meal (their lunch long forgotten) and not even caring why the postman looked at me strangely when I had to open the door to take in a parcel for Aspie daughter. (She has an Ebay habit you know).
Do you think that if I told him I was a writer he would understand?
No, I thought not.
So far as accomplishing any writing other than on my blog, the day would be lost and I would be left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and very annoyed with myself. Not a good way to be.
Working from home is not as easy as it sounds, anyone who does so will agree. The distractions can be endless, if you let them. Holding onto a proper schedule is a constant struggle and takes great discipline. Procrastination becomes your closest companion. ‘He’ loves to huddle up next to you in bed first thing in the morning, tempting you with a nice cup of tea and whispering all kinds of plans and ideas for the day ahead.
None of which include writing I might add.
So I was not in the best frame of mind when this week started off, despite my commitment to really get down to writing my book yet still not knowing just how I was going to manage the juggling act.
Then, quite unexpectedly, I had my breakthrough.
Wouldn’t you know it, and it came in the form of joining not one but two weekly photo challenges. Yes, you read that right. My cure is to take on more challenges! This is what stirs me up, energizes me, enables me to have some badly needed structure and discipline in my week, and boy, do I need that.
These challenges give me focus, the perfect distraction. I will do my WIP first thing in the morning and I have my photo challenges to look forward to as well as my ‘normal’ blogging and I just know that I will be in a much better frame of mind to make the transition in this way. I need to come up for air when writing my book and this is the perfect solution.
Maybe I’m crazier than a box of frogs, but just to prove a point, on Monday I wrote 2,500 words for my memoir (up to chapter 4), two articles for two website newsletters and prepared my blog post for the first weekly challenge. I had time to visit you all and I’ve manged to keep up all week with my blogging. I didn’t panic, things flowed nicely, I still managed to go for a walk, cook dinner that evening and the cats were fed on time.
Can it last? Let’s hope so! I will certainly give it my best shot. I’m so excited about these photo challenges and once again I would like to thank all of you for showing such an interest in my posts.
The important thing though, as we all know, is that we do what works for us. This might not be the best way forward for some but for me it works. The key is to enjoy the journey and not to look too far ahead thinking, ‘I’ll be happy when…’ The problem is that ‘when’ might take an awful long time coming, sometimes it never does.
What about my annoying companion, ‘Procrastination’? Well, I’ve told him to take a hike. Maybe take a few photos while he’s at it. You never know, I might just decide to use one or two for one of the photo challenges.
Next week, in addition to my photo challenge posts, I will be delving back into the world of all things ‘Aspie’ and I will be doing my first-ever blog interview – with Aspie daughter! As I always say, watch this space!
For now I’m just off to check my emails and pay you all a little visit…I’m happy that at this moment you are my perfect distraction.
Have a great weekend everyone and keep warm and safe 🙂