There was a time when I was very disciplined in everything I did. I wrote until I cranked out 750 words every day. I read book after book and managed to get any other work I had to do done. But it’s been roughly four years since I’ve been able to do that. I have no good reason for it. Somewhere along the way I lost it through no one or nothing’s fault but my own.
I want that discipline back. I remember how much more productive I was, and I look at my life now and can’t see how I get anything done at all. I want to write 750+ words a day. I want to read a book a week (at least). I want to meet friends for coffee and see how their day is going. I want to write emails and letters to those far away. I want to relax with my family knowing everything I need to do has been finished.
I don’t want this lingering feeling of guilt that I haven’t written or revised a manuscript in days, weeks, months. I don’t want to doubt myself so much when I write that I never do it. I don’t want to worry about how my place is a mess because I just can’t be bothered to put the laundry away or finish the dishes.
I don’t want to be disappointed in myself.
The only way to do that is to try, so I will try. But let’s put some realistic goals here. Gotta ease my way in, you know?
Week 1 Goals:
1) Write 100 words a day of one of my novels/stories
2) Read one chapter of a book every day
3) PUT THE STUPID LAUNDRY AWAY!
4) Write a letter/email to one friend (If you want to be that friend, let me know!)
These are totally easy to achieve. There’s no way I can fail. Right?