I am highly disappointed with myself. From having an incredibly super productive week last week to being in a state of burnout this week, I can’t help but feel the wasted time has undone the progress of all my effort.
However, you either win or learn. And I have learnt how to pace myself to prevent this from happening.
1. Hit the bed Early!
2. Plan for many days in advance.
3. Draw up a system and stick with it. Flexibility doesn’t work for someone like me. I’ll end up procrastinating.
4. Find an emotional outlet. Being couped up in a room writing can often lead to emotional frustration and a build up of unused emotions. It is important to plug back into the world weekly.
5. Avoid the news. It’s depression and distracting.
6. Play around. Have some fun. All work isn’t s recipe for long term survival.
I’ll be working through the weekend to try and get the momentum going.
Talk on Monday.
Some days suck! They really do.
Forget about the plight of burnout, sometimes life throws circumstances at you that steal away built up momentum.
That’s exactly what happened these last 3 days. I’m sitting here, typing this right now after having a busy day that is completely unrelated to my goals.
I’m frustrated but a huge part of me is learning the true meaning of life and what it takes to build a career.
Nothing important in life is accomplished in a straight path. Everything meaningful goes through highs and lows. I’d go so far as to compare it to a zig zag line.
I took care of a sick family member today whilst handling all the chores and responsibilities that come with keeping a household running. Couple that with the desire to just sleep and you have the perfect recipe for frustration. Weirdly enough, even with the lack of inspiration and energy, I managed to write a 1000 words. It’s nowhere near to being my best day but I appreciate the fact that I tried and made an attempt.
It may not be enough but it’s a step forward from yesterday and for as long as I’m always a step forward compared to where I was the previous day, I can be happy.
Success is clearly full of challenges and hurdles. If you love what you do, the misery experienced will be different than normal misery. I’m working on an explanation but until then, let’s just leave it at that.
The year has just begun. We can make 2017 a great year! I know we can. Hang in there and keep working.
I managed to polish and publish an eBook I have been working on for quite some time. It was quite a daunting task to study, test and evaluate different techniques and principles on productivity before applying it to my book but everything worked out pretty darn well.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch. If anything, I’ll be running a free book promo from thursday so if you are interested, hit this link and grab it if you’re interested in checking out what I’ve been working on during spare time.
Okay, back to my life. Strangely enough, I feel kind of addicted to working. No more can I sit around and daydream or pass time in front of the telly. Most of the time I’m either thinking about writing or actually writing.
Things haven’t been this way for a long time and the momentum is building on the daily.
Other than that, there’s nothing much to report beside hitting that portion of my story where things can get rather daunting. Fishing out all the details while spinning conflict and controversy is a challenge I’m still trying to master.
I can’t wait to share INFINITY with you guys.
Until then, let the grind keep grinding.
I won’t lie, people give me strange reactions when I say that I want to pursue a career in writing.
They don’t doubt that I can do it, they doubt it’s actually a career. I see it written across their faces, despite the income I’ve earned over the years from being a freelance writer for many inbound marketing agencies and clients.
I’m not sure why but there’s a stigma attached to being a writer. People tend to think it’s merely something you do to pass time when you’re 65 years old and retired from work.
It irked me.
Other peoples doubts tend to rub off on me when it’s so consistent and so apparent. It bothered me at first but now I’m starting to deal with it quite well. It lights a fire in my ass to succeed as a writer and show them what it truly means to be a writer/author!
As of late, I’m searching for the positives to any given situation and it helps me work with a sense of ease. I’m enjoying myself as a writer these days. So much so that it resembles how i felt a few years ago when I started.
I don’t know what others think but to me, success requires complete commitment. Being a writer/author is just as legit and demanding of a career choice as that of an accountant or entrepreneur or manager. If anything, it requires us to be all of that and MORE!
Try to ignore other peoples doubt if you truly have the desire, commitment and dedication to pursue your dreams. Eventually, hard work adds up and results will appears. That’s just the formula for success.
Hope you’re having a productive monday, I sure am! Destroyed a couple thousand words, wrote this blog post, exercised, marketed, built some backlinks to a niche site I’m working on and practiced by creative thinking skills.
All in all, it’s been anything but a blue monday.
Catch you tomorrow,
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m my biggest critic. For a long time, nothing I wrote was good enough for me, regardless of what other people would say. Compliments were forgotten in a heartbeat and problems were on my mind all the time.
The idea of being perfect riddled my brain with insecurity, excessive self criticism and doubt.
I think this was the main reason why I quit writing for a few months. It became too daunting and stressful.
Nowadays, I don’t care much for perfection. If I make a mistake, I’ll learn from it and get it right the next time. I’m not going to destroy my psyche with the unwarranted expectation to be perfect.
Losers focus on winners. Winners focus on winning.
To hell with trying to be a perfect writer for people. I just want to be the greatest writer even with imperfections. Because I’ll tell you what, I can write for my entire life if it feels as good as it feels now 🙂
Today I’m going to take a break from fiction and write a few thousand words on my productivity book. I’ve found some great techniques to get things done so I want to share that with you and other like minded people.
Have an epic weekend and I’ll catch you on monday.
I can’t remember where exactly I read this article about jealousy but the writer felt that being jealous of another writer is a good thing.
Jealousy comes with the desire to be as good as someone else. It motivates you to work harder because you don’t want to be outshined. It can knock you out of a slum and defeat writers block.
The idea behind this technique is to channel jealousy in a positive way. Use it to work harder, smarter and faster.
Generally, I’m not the kind of person to get jealous but it does happen from time to time. Perhaps this little trick could work for me in the future. Maybe it could work for you.
Anyway, I hope you find some value in this little post.
I’m currently taking a short break after writing a 1000+ words. Today is another tough day because I could only fall asleep at 3am last night and was awake by 9. Eh! I just want my bed 😦 lol
The grind never stops until we destroy those goals, right? I just need to hit another 1000 words and then I’m off to bed.
Have sweet dreams…and use it for a story if you can 😉
Dialogue is a pain in the ass when getting into the swing of writing fiction again.
I hit a wall today when trying to write an emotionally challenging scene between the protagonist and the antagonist of my story. The hero is strapped to a table, drowsy and trying to make heads or tails of where he is whilst the villain is hovering over a table preparing to inflict damage onto the little hero.
Now, at this point, the hero is supposed to experience absolute fear and one of his quirks is to talk excessively when nervous or afraid. The villain is more of a poetic old man who tests people with riddles and unnecessary tales.
A conversation between someone emotive and someone cold and calculated is a tough one for me to write.
I felt like it was flowing too unnaturally. Something felt off, especially for the situation they were in.
After some research, I found distractions. People cut each other off, especially in times of turmoil. It’s weird how good the dialogue started to flow when I had my talkative main character try to fill the air with ridiculous taunts in order to buy time and compose himself enough to think of a plan.
That’s all for today. I worked all day and I’m completely exhausted. How’s things going? Share some of your writing woes with me in the comment section below 🙂