Not much action on the blog lately. Are you feeling it? My fiction production has taken a downturn, too.
Spring is in the air, and despite the length of my to-do list, (or maybe because of it) I’m having a hard time staying focused.
Anyone else having that problem? I’d rather be hiking than writing these days (hell, after all the snow we’ve had this season, just sitting in a sunbeam is enough to make me giddy. I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse.)
Knowing I can be such a slacker when the weather gets nice, I’ve put together some strategies to help maintain productivity:
- Make a “Must Do” List. I usually keep two running “to do” lists. Today, I have 27 items on my “writing” to do list and 26 on my “other.” I’m going to choose the top five writing items I absolutely have to get done in the next week or so and concentrate on those. I’ll put the list on a sticky note and attach it right to my monitor.
- Break Up the Work This probably seems counter-productive, especially if you work full-time as I do: I get little time to write during the week days: not enough to break up. But during the weekend it’s my usual M.O. to spend hours at the keyboard to make up for lost time. If I set finite goals, and a deadline, I might be able to accomplish just as much as if I’d been staring at the monitor all day.
- Work on the “Bad Stuff” First. For me, that mean’s tackling the non-fiction items on my list. I’d rather be working on my novel. With that goal in mind, I’m hoping I can whip out the non-fiction faster and move on to fiction. (I’m fairly confident I can accomplish this since I used to be a reporter…) Afterward, writing fiction should feel like a reward.
- And Speaking of Rewards… If I get everything done on my list before the deadline, I plan to reward myself with something. Something outdoor-sy like a a hike or a long walk or even a long drive…something out.
How do you stay focused?