AUTHOR Q & A: Do You Have Hints for Staying on Track?
September 13, 2018
I've found that if I don't schedule my days, I don't reach my goals.
At the beginning of the year, I write down my, well, goals for the year. I then break them down by month. What do I have to do each month to accomplish my yearly goals?
Then, as each month approaches, I look at my monthly goals and split them up into weekly goals.
And, as you've probably already guessed, each week I split my goals up into the days of the week (and then hours of each day).
If I don't write anything down in my planner, it's very likely that I'll end up sleeping in, going off somewhere on a whim, and tucking into bed early or incredibly late--with nothing having been accomplished during the day (at least nothing that's moving me toward my goals).
Having a sleep disorder (Idiopathic Hypersomnia) has made my day planning even more important. I only have a few productive hours in the day, so I better use them correctly. I need to manage my schedule because I can't get up earlier or stay up later like a lot of famous authors say they were forced to do in order to pursue their dreams while working full time for someone else.
When I give all my productive hours to someone else's dream (aka I work a job that pays me immediate money to pay the bills), I get really sad. That's enough of a motivator for me to keep chasing this creative dream of mine.
So, develop a habit. Write down your agenda. Remember why you're creating.
Oh, and share your work, your struggles, and your triumphs along the way. My readers and friends (and reader friends) have helped me embrace the adventure. They push me to keep going!