Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I got a new attitude!

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?


Hilary Wagner ~ Writer said...

My goal is to catch up on my sleep! I'm physically burned out! Between work and family and major writing on bouts, I'm utterly spent! When I'm too tired I can't write anyway!

I hope you meet all your goals, Liz, and get tons and tons of writing done! I will be snoozing! :)

xoxo -- Hilary

Mary McDonald said...

That sounds like a great plan, even if I'm exhausted just *reading* it. lol. I have a goal to write tomorrow night and possibly the next night. I'm off Thursday and Friday, and other than a workout and eye exam, no major hurdles. Thanks for reminding me to set goals.

arlee bird said...

I haven't met my January goals yet! And I'm out of work and not going to school and don't have kids to take care of. I'm up by 5:30 AM checking my blog and publishing comments. Throughout the day I'm commenting on blogs, answering emails, and doing stuff around the house. Why am I not writing very much? Aside from my daily blog post that is. I don't even watch much TV! Guess I'm going to have to reset my goals.
Although I will say that at the beginning of the year I somewhat facetiously set a goal for reaching 200 followers by April 1 and I'll be darned if it doesn't look like I'm actually going to do it. Well at least I did that!

Palindrome said...

I have joined the 50k/50 days challenge. I am doing pretty good so far. I love self-imposed deadlines.

J. Kaye said...

Mine and Palindrome are on the same goals. Write a thousand words a day for 50 days. :) Then again, I don't have school or small kids. If I did, I wouldn't be writing. You do a lot!

porcelaine said...

Like you I seem to do best when I'm under pressure. I don't know why, but I think it has something to do with that Type-A thing. I like to keep busy and will often pick up a new task or interest if time permits.

The next two weeks are focused on more reading and a lot of writing. My daughter will be off for spring break and away for a few days. I can burrow myself away and devote the time I've missed without much fuss. I feel a writing frenzy coming on and that's a good thing. I'd like to return to an idea I had during a targeted writing exercise and add a bit more if I can. It appears to be a historical fiction piece and I'm intrigued.

Good luck on your goals and the shelves!


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