With the new year and new decade looming just a few days ahead on the horizon, I've got my usual end-of-the-year itch to make some big changes in my life. As you could probably guess from the title of this post, one of my resolutions is to fit more time for writing into my schedule.
Unfortunately, just like most other people out there, my resolve to follow through on my resolutions dries up about two weeks into the new year. However, this year I'm taking a completely different approach. I'm not waiting for the new year to roll around before I start trying to tackle my resolutions. I figured if I gathered some momentum going into 2010, the promises I've made to myself might have a better survival rate.
Of course finding more time to write isn't ever as simple as it sounds. So, I took a step back and asked a question every writer should ask themselves: "What usually prevents me from writing?" For me, the answer is always: A Messy House! Many of you out there may be able to block out the chaos and the clutter, but it drives me to distraction and my productivity plummets. It was by this thought process that landed on my two-fold resolution:
1. Purge house of clutter & get it squeaky clean. Now, with a more low-maintenance domicile:
2. Find more time two write.
I've already put #1 into action. Hoping to get some of that afore mentioned momentum, I came home on Saturday night and started overhauling my bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I'm happy to say 90% of those rooms are finished and I plan to keep truckin' even after I put up this post.
Resolution #2 is very open to interpretation so I decided to give myself the following parameters:
- Schedule at least 3, writing sessions a week.
- Each session must be a minimum of 1 hour during the week, 3 hours on the weekend.
- Blogging only counts for 1 of those writing sessions.
- Put up more blog posts - 3 or 4 per week.
Hopefully, this will be the next step in turning my writing into something more than just a hobby.So, what's your biggest road block on the writing highway? And how are you planning on getting around it in 2010?