February is almost over. We’re moving at warp speed through 2015. So how are you doing on those plans and resolutions from New Year’s Day?
If you’re like me, that faucet of enthusiasm has slowed to a trickle or off entirely. Barely a drip.
It’s time to heed the words of a great writerly quote from Louis L’Amour, an American author of hundreds of authentic western novels:
“The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
The full quote, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” provides great advice for writers.
You see when life spins out of control writers, well at least to this writer, lets the distractions stop my writing. Instead of moving ahead, I tend to think, “I’ll just finish __________ then I’ll get back to writing.”
Fill in the blank with whatever distracts you from working toward your goal. You don’t have to be a writer to fall into the distraction trap.
What happens is each passing day we don’t work on our goal or resolution, it becomes easier not to do what we planned. Doesn’t take long before self-doubt makes us question if our project is even worth the time at all.
Here are four ways I plan to get myself back on track, and turn my faucet on again.
Establish a Schedule
A schedule doesn’t have to be set in stone or the same every single day or week. Make it adjustable. Most important, put the time slots on your calendar the way you would any other appointment or commitment.
Seize Small Chunks of Time
An hour may not seem like much, but you’d be surprised at what can be accomplished in a small, consistent, and repeated amount of time. Snatch those minutes wherever you can.
My goal for 2015 is two books published so I’m training myself to keep my iPad with me and write wherever I go like when I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or a passenger in the car. Since I live in the mountains and the nearest Wal-Mart, doctor, or grocery store is at least thirty minutes away. I’m amazed at how my word count builds.
Set your goal as your priority every day.
I work toward my goals BEFORE I do any other tasks for the day. I find if I do the laundry, clean the house or any of those other very necessary tasks first, I always run out of time. You will too.
Reward Small Successes
Be proud of small incremental steps. I remind myself almost on a daily basis that one word a day gives me 365 words of my novel by the end of the year. When I write an entire chapter, I celebrate with chocolate, usually M&Ms!
If you’re like me and your faucet isn’t flowing as it should, it’s not too late. Do not give up or abandon your goals and resolutions altogether.Rejuvenate that motivation you had six weeks ago. Turn your faucet on.
Hear that water rushing? Now turn your faucet on and let it flow steadily.
Great post, Judythe!