I think I need to re-evaluate my goals. I haven’t gotten word one written since I signed up on the 5th.
I have several good excuses.
Between my full time job as a zookeeper, and our farm, I work the equivalent of two full time jobs, and especially in the summer, 14 hour work days are the norm. If I want to get enough sleep to keep me from turning into the She-Beast that Caffeine Could Not Soothe, it doesn’t leave a lot of time left over. It also doesn’t leave a lot of energy left over.
The weather lately has been brutally hot, and with a plethora of critters literally depending on me for their survival, keeping animals alive and cool trumps getting words on the page. (Hutchinson, KS had the dubious distinction yesterday of being the warmest spot in the nation, 112 degrees. I think that temp is only a few degrees lower than a slow oven, isn’t it?)
So, busy and frequently overwhelmed are my steady state, but that is more of an excuse than anything. I know there are writers out there that work twice as hard as I do, and have less time. They’re called parents. One thing going in my favor is that everyone in my house can do their own laundry and make their own PB&J if they are hungry.
But I do think there is a bigger issue than simply a lack of time, although that is a legit factor. I’m thinking partly a lack of focus when I do get short blocks of time, and partly thinking perfect prose has to flow from my fingertips every time I hit the laptop conspire to trip me up more often than not.
So, for the rest of July, I’m backing off my goal of 500 words.
Instead, my goal is to write every day, a minimum of 80 words. (seemed to fit!) And to give myself permission to write badly if necessary. Even if all I write is “Good Lord, it’s hot out!” sixteen times.
Do any of you struggle with time management and focus issues? If so, I’d love to hear about what has worked for you. I know there are some awesome, highly disciplined folks in this group and maybe a little will rub off!