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Best Laid Writing Plans – Yeah, Right!

I have a pretty decent routine. I get up around 5 a.m., feed my cat, do a bit of spiritual reading, and meditate for a bit. If I’m being really good to myself I’ll also stretch for a few minutes.

Next I do my first blog entry.

After that I usually spend an hour on some personal writing project and starting at about 8:30 or 9 start working on a client’s project.

I got off to a good start this morning, even stretched. Got the jobs and the newsletter out and was looking at my calendar where I log in the writing I plan as well as appointments.

I think it was 8:30 when the phone rang. Maybe it was 9, I’m not sure now. I have a short list of people who call me early and sure enough it was one of those. It was about a 20 minute call that had nothing to do with writing but was important none-the-less.

Shortly after the call I decided I wanted to write something about writers and formatting for various ebook readers. Yikes – that may be a week’s worth of research. But it led me to… oh never mind. I ended up taking care of a bit of business that wasn’t even on my radar – that will result in some additional income.

Thinking I would get back on track I fixed my oatmeal and sure enough the phone rang again. I didn’t recognize this call but, even though it had nothing to do with writing, I’m glad I took it. During that call, another call came in. It was the first personal calling back – another important call.

By then I was way off track.  I had an appointment with my chiropractor at 11:30 and since I was so far distracted I decided to do a wash. That worked and so did hanging it out. (I always feel virtuous when I hang out a wash.)


The mail arrived, including a check I was expecting. That of course, meant a trip to the bank. Then there was lunch, and another phone call!

I surrender! I’m back in the flow, even though the flow is nothing like I planned or expected.

I’ve gotten lots done, it just isn’t what I expected to get done.

Some days are like that. It never works to fight them I’ve found.

It’s almost time to go to the gym.

How do you handle a day that seems to go off track?

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  • Gah, I’m having a month like that. Every time I sit down, something distracts me. I think it’s because right now I’m just easily pulled away from work. I’m not quite out of one novel’s world and into the next one yet, so I’ve been writing some little stories and blog posts here and there to fill in the gap. I have a long wait for something personal through February, so I plan to blitz my first draft out if I can. Since I missed NaNoWriMo, I’ll just do it on my own. It will get it done and fill the time.
    .-= Elizabeth West´s last blog ..Geek Heaven =-.

    • Anne

      keep us posted as you draft.

  • “Ive gotten lots done, it just isn’t what I expected to get done.”

    Aren’t days like that interesting? You feel like you’ve frittered it away, but on second glance you realize you were quite productive.

    Just not on the right things all the time. 🙂
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Partnering for Perfection =-.

  • Ronda — I hadn’t thought of it as a “Monday thing,” but you’re right — that’s probably a part of it. I alter my sleep schedule on the weekends, so I stay up late to enjoy a social life and sleep in Saturday and Sunday. So Mondays are always an adjustment period in that sense for me. Then again sometimes the simple thought of “Ugh, 5 days to go,” can be enough to throw your plans out of whack. 🙂 So far today’s been better on my end, and I hope the same is true for Anne and everyone.
    .-= Jenn Mattern´s last blog ..Changes Under Way — Please be Patient =-.

  • When days like that I happen, I usually get frustrated and mad for awhile and then, and only then when I realize that I’m not going anywhere, I go with the flow and clean up my condo, put some washes in and check out a “soap” I haven’t watched for a long time…Then, I feel better and go back to work…

    Toni
    .-= Toni Star´s last blog ..Check Out My Latest Book, "The Twisted Life of Julia Knight" =-.

    • Anne

      Yes, Toni… I identify 😉

  • I think it’s part of the nature of freelancing and Mondays. Sometimes, no matter how we think the day is going to go, we get off track.

    When this happens to me, I try to use the downtime to organize my “To-do” list and make sure everything is on it that needs to be. Sometimes “off track” days are really “I forgot about that” days. Other than that, I just ride the wave!

    • Anne

      Yikes… thought I was free of the Monday thing… maybe not.

  • I had one of those days today too. I was up at 4:30 (a little later than planned, but still early enough to start work at 5:00 as I like to do). But somehow I didn’t end up getting to client projects until a little after 8:00. It was one thing after another… a client emailed me wanting an opinion about something and that took time to respond to, then I was trying to track down the address of one of my writers to send him some review material (I thought it was saved in my email program’s address book, but it wasn’t), then a spent about 20 minutes chasing a stink beetle (I won’t squish them, but I can’t stand them – can’t focus until I catch them and put them back outside), then my cats were clawing at the office door wanting attention (rare in the morning, and I still don’t know what was up with that), then more email issues to deal with, then I figured I’d run to the post office but discovered I have very low air pressure in one tire (was too lazy to fix that so it’s waiting until tomorrow)…. yeah, just one of those days. I still finished most things I planned to though, and had time to hop on the bike and watch a movie to relax this evening, so all it all it was still a good day. I credit that to my chocolate brandy ganache-filled figs that arrived in the mail today though — they make any day a perfect day. 🙂
    .-= Jenn Mattern´s last blog ..Changes Under Way — Please be Patient =-.

  • OOPS! It’s working now.
    .-= Heidi Fogle´s last blog ..Thank You =-.

    • Anne

      oh, good 😉 Yes, I see it

  • Fittingwords.wordpress.com is my new freelance writing blog, but when I typed it into the ‘website’ box, the comment still fed under by personal blog. Can you fix that or tell me what I need to do differently?
    .-= Heidi Fogle´s last blog ..Thank You =-.

    • Anne

      I can’t fix it Heidi… I don’t think… it should let you choose… was there also a box to check or a circle?

  • “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
    C. S. Lewis

    This is how I see an “offtrack” day. I’m just crackin’ my shell!
    .-= Heidi Fogle´s last blog ..Smart Reader =-.

    • Anne

      thanks… I may use that some saturday.

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