UPDATE: The winner is…Laura!
I wasn’t born self-employed.
I spent years in the Army, years in a corporate cubicle, a stint in a classroom, a non-profit, etc. My time was mine to manage inside my employers’ bubbles. In fact, I was a project/program manager for years, and I planned work for others. None of that really prepared me for being a self-employed, full-time writer.
Most days, I happily hit the keyboard. I’m enthused about my story that has a drop-dead date to complete or I’m staring at a deadline to return a set of edits. Deadlines do help with motivation. However, there are days when I have my lovely month-ahead calendar sitting in front of me, with all the work parsed into numbers of pages to get me to the finish line within a very doable timeframe, when I look at it and think: But I don’t wanna. Not today.
This week is soooooo hard. It’s the last week of school for our four online students. Their mother and I have been their support/mentors/tutors all year long, bending our work schedules around theirs to make sure everything gets done.
Online schooling is hard. But we managed to help all four kids, 7 through 16-years-old, get through it. And we managed to have fun along the way, with family movie or game nights and special dinner rewards, and with limited excursions to the park or the flea market (large areas, few people). We’ve followed the rules and kept everyone healthy and happy for 14 months. We’ve drawn closer as a family because we had to be each others’ friends and playmates.
During all of this, I have managed to write. Not as prolifically as I did maybe eight years ago, but more so than I did three years ago. I carved out hours in my schedule to retreat to my “mole hole” and write.
So, why am I dragging ass lately? We’ve made it through a huge commitment. Next year, we’ll only have one child staying home because the rest have been vaccinated, and all of us have learned how to use a mask. Next year, should be easier, right? A cakewalk, really.
So, back to why I want to blow off today… There’s not anything special happening to draw my attention. I simply don’t want to open the files I need to open and bury myself in another world. I want to drink some coffee, sit on the back patio, and play some Charm King on my phone. Something that will add pages to write to all the days that follow.
In my brain, that seems like a wonderful tradeoff—until tomorrow morning comes.
I love this quote…
My answer today is tomorrow!
For a chance to win your choice of a download of one of my books, share a motivational quote or tell me how you deal with self-motivation. Are you a Last-Minute-Mary or do you do today so tomorrow is free?
Delilah if I knew anything about motivation I would have lost the 125 lbs I need to lose 27 yrs ago. Motivational quotes do not work for me. Journal writing doesn’t work. Online trackers don’t work. Appointments with dieticians don’t work because you just cancel appointments. I did half assed well when I had a trainer come to the house at least with exercise but eating was always good eating 3 days bad eating 4 days and when I say bad I mean thousands of calories bad.
All I can say is the night before make a to do list for the next day or make it while having coffee in the morning and do the best you can.
If you do that you will be way ahead of me in motivation.
I try to plan things out, but when I have blah days, I sometimes can’t force myself to do somethings unless its an absolute must. Things get done, but maybe not as I originally planned.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
I like “When you feel like stopping, think about why you started.” I work better under pressure.
I do love a good list bbuuuutttt….I tend to list everything in the world that I want to do so they might not be the most useful thing in the world.
LOL. Y’all sound just like me. And a solid, doable To Do List, tied to my work plan does seem to work most days…
The winner of her choice from my backlist of books is…Laura.
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