Adventures of a Full-time author: Day 1

My goal for today was to write tons and tons of words. I was going to wake up, do a little promotion and then jump in.

I’ve been up for 4.5 hours. It’s 10 am. Guess how many words I’ve written?

About 50.

The fifty you just read.

I reached out to my full-time author friends for advice last week, knowing that my productivity would suck today. They said to find a routine that worked for me and attempt to stick with it. On the days that I go off schedule, forgive myself. Every day is going to be unique, things are going to come up that will draw my focus away from my goals, but to push forward and accomplish as much as I can.

So that’s what I’m going to try and do. Today and every day.

I spoke with my ex-boss this morning. She was getting ready for work saying how weird it’s going to be today without me there. She asked how I was feeling and the only answer I could give her was “off”.

I got up like any other day. Brewed a huge cup of coffee (followed by three more). Put the kiddo on the bus for school and then looked around the house. This is where my routine changes.

Last week, I would have jumped in the shower and started getting ready for work. Today… work was here. There was no need to shower. (FYI – I totally took a shower AND I shaved my legs. I even took my time doing it so I didn’t miss a strip per usual.) Ran to the store. Came back and cleaned the kitchen, started a load of laundry… see where I’m going with this.

I immediately launched into my day-off routine. The “let’s see how fast I can clean the house so I can squeeze in a few hours of writing” routine.

So it’s 10 am and here I sit writing my first words of the day. This is not how I planned my day to go. I did have cleaning on my schedule, but as a break from working. It was slated between am promotion time and pm writing time. It gave me a reason to get up and move around. It was a break for my mind, for my eyes.

Moral of the story… I think I like this. I think this might be my routine. This gives me 6 hours of work – promotion, writing, formatting, graphics, etc – before I call it quits for the day. I can focus on what I love to do, write until I hear the bus pull up in front of the house and then it’s family time.

This will probably change. Maybe by tomorrow or next week. All I know right now is that as “off” as I feel this morning, I also feel happy and grateful that I get to do what I love to do as a career right now.

 

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