Work It #5 From A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

  1. Buy yourself an erasable whiteboard on which you can write your daily intentions. Don’t keep a long list of all your intentions in an overwhelming list in front of you. (You may have a master list you keep in a notebook, but hide it away.) Every day, erase yesterday’s intentions and copy only intentions from your master list that you can do that day. Try not to overachieve; instead strive to accomplish tasks in manageable chunks. Try to include “writing” on your daily intentions list every day, and remember to start with the most pressing task (anything that is deadline driven or that is driving you crazy) to get it out of the way.

I have the whiteboard, and I need to get my husband to put it beside my desk for me. (I also desperately need to clean off my desk so I once again have a designated writing area that I can actually WORK in. It is currently covered up with files and binders, and they’re piled so high I can’t even set my laptop down on the desk’s surface. I don’t know how I’m going to find time to do anything writing related now that I am working 41.5 hours a week. I am super grateful to have the job that I have now, as opposed to being unemployed, but getting used to the new schedule has thrown my usual poor sheduling abilities right into oblivion. When you add getting my Medical Transcription Editing certification classes and grad school on top of that, there’s hardly time to sleep, much less anything else. I’m hoping that once I get settled into the new schedule, everything will fall into place around it. I could use a little guidance and encouragement in this arena, apparently.)

2. Which of your goals seems more in reach after reading this chapter? Break down this goal into a series of smaller intentions or just the intentions you will set for your next session. What goals do you have that now seem worth pushing off to a later date?

Apparently, I need to reread this chapter! Before I started working (which I am intensely grateful for), finishing Frost on JukePop seemed attainable, but now I just don’t know. I’m hoping that everything will become a little clearer once I’ve gotten used to the new schedule. I welcome advice, input, etc. I was producing at least one chapter a week, but my writing has kind of come to a standstill in light of everything else I have going on (job, MTE school, grad school, trying to help my husband remodel our future home, etc.). I am, however, still 100% ecstatic to have a full-time job that’s making money, and 200% convinced that being married is the best thing ever (because my husband is MADE OF AWESOME and I love him even more than my writing)! So, we’ll see how everything works out. I really hope I can find a way to acclimate and juggle everything without having to drop my writing.

About chelseacmoye

Wife. Mom. Pet Parent. Independent Author. AS in General Studies from Faulkner State Community College. BS in English from Troy University. Minored in creative writing. View all posts by chelseacmoye

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