I’m under a serious goal setting challenge with regard to my memoir, Accidental Soldier: What My Service in the Israel Defense Forces Taught Me about Faith, Courage and Love. I’ve invested thousands of unpaid hours literally into the writing and revision not to mention writing and coaching help. My goal right now is to submit to my editor each the best revised chapter each week so I can finally complete the memoir – projected forecast — end of March 2015.
This goal has now become my greatest challenge. I’ve mentioned in a few posts the challenge in producing a high quality chapter as a writing mama with a little one at home who constantly needs my attention. I write best at home but yet, it’s hard to keep the distractions at a minimum especially at home.
You might think I’m crazy, but to keep up the frantic pace of submitting and revising a chapter a week, I have to make time work for me. Here’s my suggested 10 top ways I’ll make the most of my writing time this week.
1. I’ll schedule in my writing hours so I can really gauge how much time I have each week to revise a chapter and make a realistic decision based on that.
2. I’ll get up earlier on the days I teach. This semester, I have a two hour break between classes, but I have a feeling I won’t be writing my memoir during that time. But I will try to get as much work done on campus so I don’t have to bring any work home. This is of course dependent on how many hours of sleep I actually get due to nursing.
3. I’ll take advantage of the hours that my husband can be with my kids so I can write outside the home. My destination? The library.
4. On the weekends, I’ll get up earlier. This is of course dependent on how many hours of sleep I actually get due to nursing. Same as #2.
5. I’ll really try and schedule errands, cooking, laundry and other mundane tasks to a bare minimum. Example: do laundry once a week, stick to the 1-2 grocery runs,
6. I will shut down all social-media windows and email. Update: This is becoming less of an issue, but still a problem. Distractions to a minimum!
7. On the weekdays I’m not teaching, I will run vroom-vroom with my writing. Whatever writing I didn’t manage to do the day before will now take precedence.
8. I will try and take it easy and not fret. Yes, easier said then done, right? If I didn’t manage to get a significant amount of time revising, I won’t fret. There was probably a reason for it and I’ll start fresh the next day.
9. I will start revising with small chunks – a sentence, a paragraph, then a full section before the line break. if I can manage to get through two line breaks, then I consider myself lucky. Each bit of progress builds confidence and increases productivity.
10. If I feel a need to shell out money for a babysitter for this worthy cause, so be it. I will.
If a project is really important for progressing towards your goals, you need to give that project time. Even when the hours of the day don’t always add up, planning is really key to goal-setting.
What are your thoughts? Any other suggestions?