Really, I just need a new way of thinking. Normally, I have almost no motivation to do anything. Seriously, a perfect day for me would be watching television or movies with the hubby all day -or- going somewhere fun with the family. Though I love writing, sometimes it does feel like work and it's hard for me to sit down and do it when there are a billion other things to do. Once I get into it though? There is no stopping me.
As I said last week, we just moved. Our new house is great but it's not without it's flaws. Our refrigerator already broke and cost us $700 to fix (I hope it's fixed) but we have to let it reset by completely being turned off and left with the doors open for two days - boy, I'm glad we are nearly out of food or I'd have a lot of eating to do! Second, our walk-in closet is totally bare - no shelves, no bar, nothing. This means I'm still digging through boxes in the morning to find clothes. Trust me, if you live out of a cardboard box, it's hard to find the motivation to start your day. Fortunately, we got some shelving and hubby is going to hook it up tonight. Though, this means I'll be spending a good part of my evening putting away clothes and not writing.
Another thing distracting me with from my writing is that I just started physical therapy for my hypermobile hip. It's only two hours a week but it does wear me out, plus, it sort of hurts. Yesterday was the biggest workout I've had in months and I just wanted to take a nap.
Lastly, my worst distraction ever is f-ing television. I totally admit, I am a TV addict. Sometimes I get inspiration from TV, other times it's a way for Ethan and I to spend some quiet time together - most of the time it's just a distraction that keeps me up far too late and then I sleep in while I could be getting stuff done! Ugh. I blame it all on TV really.
I know what I need to do, honestly, I really know. I know I need to go to bed earlier so I can wake up earlier. I know this would give me far more time in the day. I know I need to get my blogging and tweets out of the way as soon as I wake up so then I can spend the day on other stuff. I know I need to spend "nap time" on homework so that I can have a solid block of time for writing after the kids go to bed. I know I need to rely on our DVR and watch my shows when I have the time (like when I don't have homework). I know I need to stop bitching and just write because this is what I love to do and this is what I want to do. Finally, I know that these are all just excuses and that's super lame.
Now I need to change my actions. Because I know what I need to change means I should and will be able to change it, right? Right!
Today I have to outline an argumentative essay and then map it out to website form (1 hr), respond to two people on an online discussion (15 mins), post a current event discussion (20 mins) and watch an anthropology discussion (1 hr). Further, I have to expand my outline for my current WIP and finish character sketches (2 hrs, word goal 2,000) and write my daily post in my personal blog (15 mins). Finally I have to put the clothes away - if Ethan puts the shelves and bar up (2 hrs). A lot to do in one day but this means that I can do homework during "nap time" (if the little girl actually goes to sleep) and I can do my blog and writing activities after the kids go to bed (but I have to make sure we get them in bed on time and if Ethan can hang the shelves during this time). And then, after Lost, I can work on the clothes.
That's the plan. This is what I do to play catch-up and honestly, my best work comes from being under pressure. I'm also going to try and post here more often (added bonus, it counts towards my technical word count!).
What are your crazy goals for this week to get a bunch done? The end of the month is coming, will you hit your monthly goals?