Making lists and keeping up with daily routines can be really difficult especially if you are a procrastinator. Good days are the ones that start with prayer, time in God’s word, journaling and writing morning pages.
That’s my fresh start and one that makes me happy to know that I began well. I have lots of other things that I desire to do daily like read, write and exercise, not to mention eating healthy food, but starting with prayer followed by reading the Bible is what I always choose to do first.
In fact, when I have early commitments like I did all of this past school year, I set my alarm so that I would get up an hour before the daily class I taught, not to prepare the class, but to start my day right. I stuck with this for most of the year. The few days that I was rushing, or needed to finish my teaching plan and skipped the daily routine just didn’t work as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like to be spontaneous and I am willing to deviate from the plan, but only when absolutely necessary.
So I have the beginning part down: I get up and stick to the routine. I teach my class, but then what. It’s the things that I do not HAVE to do that get pushed aside, but sometimes those are the things that I say I want to do most. I cannot seem to get a daily writing and reading routine because there is so much to do with trying to restart my writing career. I seem to be all over the place. I need to write daily, read daily, brainstorm article ideas daily and explore newspapers and periodicals daily. Then there’s the blog that I need to update regularly so that I can increase followers. I need followers and lots of them so that I can get the book that I am writing published and on and on and on. It’s a bit overwhelming.
Then of course, there are all of the technology issues as I navigate in new territory. I recently did a webinar on using Twitter for writing followed by another on Tik Tok. There are so many great resources out there and just so much to watch and take in. It’s really great and exciting. I just need to come up with a routine and stick with it. What I always need to be careful about is my overzealousness. I will write a plan that is nearly impossible to keep because I always want to do so much. It’s always been a problem of mine. So I am going to start relatively small. The plan is to write a minimum of 500 words a day. These words have to be part of a blog post, an article or part of my book. Pitch letters can count as well but brainstorming and research will not be part of it.
Another part of my life that needs to be cared for daily is my health. Exercising at least five days a week is crucial. When I walk and swim every day, I feel so much better than when I skip a day. I printed a little chart that I recently started filling in that includes my 500 words and some exercise items. Once I succeed with the chart I will likely add to it. Of course it’s not the end of the world if I miss a day, but I need to get it going. I need to work daily on my writing career if it is ever going to really happen again.
Keeping track of what I send out and what I am planning to write with deadlines is a really important part of getting it going. I also need to have regular blog posts so that I can get a better following. Who is going to want to follow someone who just posts sporadically? When I shared my last post on facebook for peopleplacesmag.com, many read it and said they were looking forward to more. I have not yet posted again. That will not work for gaining followers. So much to think about. I will need another schedule so that I keep up and I must post each week on the same day.
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