If you follow this blog you know I’m a fan of setting up a regular writing schedule. It works for me and I’ve discovered I’m not so unique after all.
I get up at 5 and do some reading while I drink coffee, meditate from 6-6:30, do some stretching and begin my writing day at about 6:45.
Sometimes, however, my writing day, like yours I suspect, simply falls apart. I lost all of yesterday to a migraine headache and was really looking forward to writing this morning. Hah!
Distracting myself from writing
First I decided I really had to find out how to make Outlook work better – yeah, a distraction, but its sluggish behavior was driving me nuts. A quick google search for something like ‘why is outlook so slow’ revealed Outlook’s Search Folders, which I’ve ignored for years, have a folder called Large Mail. Who knew? Just opening it took ages, and deleting it took even more time.
Then I got one of those notices from Windows that it need me to restart my computer in order to finish installing updates. Often I’ll ignore those knowing I’ll be shutting my computer off at the end of the day, but today it seemed important that I do it right then. While my computer was fixing itself I washed dishes and started breakfast.
At 8 am I had my regular call with my accountability partner and it lasted longer than usual.
At about 8:30 my daughter called.
It’s now 9:07 and I’ve barely gotten started… a full two hours and a bit more late!
Okay, it’s true – I didn’t have to do the Outlook thing and I probably could have postponed restarting my computer. And I could have shortened my call with my accountability partner, probably. And I could have let my daughter’s call go to voice mail.
But I didn’t.
I used to be rigid about my writing time. Over time, however, I came to trust myself and my writing processes more. (And another tech problem just showed up!)
There will be days when I’m interrupted or days when I’ll be sick – it’s part of being human.
The point is the just keep moving. If you can’t write today, write tomorrow. If you’ve let yourself get distracted, roll with it and come back to the keyboard – if the distractions are something you can change, great, make the change.
Whatever happens, know it’s not the end of your writing world, if, and only if you get back to writing just as soon as you can.
What’s your experience with your writing plans falling apart? Let’s talk about it in comments.
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