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Good, But Not Great ROW80 Update

My goal: Devote one hour a day to writing fiction

Okay, so I’m still having trouble with this and I’m thinking of adjusting my goal a bit.  My biggest problem is that until I’m home I have no computer access.  When I get home it’s close to dinner time, which is also the only time I get to spend with my wife.  We talk about our day, eat dinner and watch a TV show.  That’s our thing on a typical night.  It doesn’t always work out that way, but we make sure to fit in time together.  Whatever’s left of the evening is my me time which isn’t always much time.

Sunday and Monday I didn’t complete as much writing as I wanted and that annoys me because when I say I’m going to do something, I want it to get done.  I feel like these last few updates have been about my failure to hit my one simple goal.  Even though I’m trying to be positive about the whole thing, (And all of you guys commenting have been super supportive.  I really appreciate it.) if I’m missing my goal update after update, the challenge isn’t working very well for me.

After I schedule this post, I’ll do some writing and hopefully I’ll have some better news to share in the comments.  No matter what I’m changing my goals a bit.  Here’s what I’m thinking.

I’m still shooting for an hour of writing, but the minimum during my work week will be a half hour.  That’s not much time, but in addition to getting on a schedule, I need to feel like I’m succeeding.  If I know in my head that a half hour is okay some nights, then I won’t feel so bummed about not making the full hour.

On my days off, I want to get in at least two hours.  Even if I do go somewhere, a rarity, it won’t take the whole day.  And I’m including holidays and vacation as days off.  Basically if I’m not at work, two hours is doable.

I’m hoping if I start achieving what I set out to do day after day, I’ll get motivated to do more.  That was the plan from the beginning.  Cross your fingers.

18 comments on “Good, But Not Great ROW80 Update

  1. So, where are you actually doing the writing if you have no computer at home? Or are you writing at home in longhand with the aim of transcribing it later on?

  2. I think this is an excellent and sensible adjustment.

  3. No point getting discouraged – adjusting your goals for now is a good step. I think most of us have by now. 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m feeling good now and it really helps that we have this nice little group to lean on. I’m anxious to have a completed book and I knew any adjustment to the goal I’ve been struggling with was going to slow that down. It bummed me out, but just for a second. 🙂

  4. This is why I set my goal at 500 words instead of 1000. If I had shot for 1000, I would have felt more like I did when I was doing NaNo. I can usually do 500 words in 30 to 45 minutes, so that’s a more manageable goal. Then, when I write more, I feel like I rock! LOL

    I think it’s really sensible to change your goals when you see that it needs doing. Go you!

  5. It’s not easy fitting regular writing time around work, commuting, eating etc. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Can you use your lunch break at work or would there be too many distractions?

    Hope your new schedule works better for you.

    • Thanks Katy. I’ve tried bringing my computer to work. I’m able to block out any distraction, but I’m not always alone and I don’t want to be rude to someone that wants to chat with me. Lately I’ve been using my break to read.

  6. My goals kind of changed over the past couple weeks from overly ambitious to just sitting down and writing. Finally getting in the groove and okay with 1/2 hour daily. Sometimes it turns into more. Have you tried writing long hand during your breaks and lunch at work. Writing long hand has really freed me up to writing anywhere.

    • Writing on my break is hit or miss. Sometimes it works, but other times there are people sitting with me that want to chat. Now when I can I read on my break.

      Awesome that you’re getting in the groove. I want to be where you are by the next update.

  7. I totally understand your schedule. I also get home late, so writing doesn’t begin until the kids are fed, if not already. I try to chat with hubby for a few minutes while he gets ready for work, our time is very short since he started working nights. Then eat dinner and hang out with the girls for awhile.

    Sometimes, your body just doesn’t cooperate, sleep beckons, lol. The failure thing isn’t accurate, and if you begin to feel like a failure, your writing will suffer. So yes, revamp your goals, and write when you can. Good luck, and I hope next weeks check in is better for you.
    Have a great day.

    • Thanks Sonia. I’ve had a night schedule once while my wife worked days. It was tough. She used to visit me on my break.

      I’m hoping for a better check in too, I’m tired of being grumpy about this.

  8. I agree that it’s better to have “smaller” goals than to constantly feel like a failure. My goals are small, too, for that very reason. I feel as though I’m succeeding at my task. Hang in there!

  9. I had been having similar issues… really I still am. But I did stop beating myself for not reaching my goals, now I’m on reworking them until they fit my lifestyle. I’ve found that my job is REALLY in the way…. have to find a way to get rid of it (without becoming a bum) because my mom will NOT let me sleep on her couch! LOL!

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