Discussing the failure of one experiment and the success of another.
You know how you make a plan and then immediately feel resistant to actually following through? Yes, well, that’s been happening to me. So instead of letting myself get too far down that hole, I’ve decided to make a few adjustments to the plan. I wrote a long post about this and then decided to … Continue reading Facing resistance and adjusting the plan
I’ve taken a lot of time off writing lately. I don’t know what’s to blame, but I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say I might have set myself up for this. So how is 2017’s “no goals, no timers, no schedules” plan going? Let’s keep this simple: Not well. At all. … Continue reading So how is 2017’s “no goals, no timers, no schedules” plan going?
I’ve been thinking about goals and habits and systems again. I’ve talked about those things many times in the past, and I have continually chased goals and failed to meet the vast majority of them. I’m really getting tired of failing. A forum post I read today talked about how binary the whole goal mentality … Continue reading Why I don’t like goals
I had a lot of success producing more words when I let myself work on whatever I wanted. That doesn’t really work with the new plan. Theoretically, if I’m having a bad day I can still move on to another story within the group of series stories that I’m working on, but one thing I … Continue reading Why the new plan does not include writing on multiple stories
I had a realization yesterday morning and it’s led me to some serious soul-searching. My 12-month 1,180,000 word challenge is quite possibly—probably, in fact—a manifestation of perfectionism. I’ve been upfront with the fact that I suffer from repeated bouts of perfectionism, and I don’t always realize when I’ve let it creep back into my life. … Continue reading Recognizing perfectionism
After another no-go day for the new schedule, I’ve decided to cut this one loose. The experiment is failing and I’m in the middle of rethinking a few things anyway. Moving on…
Hmm. It’s possible I was overly optimistic about my start time today for writing, since I was trying to make up for a really short night of sleep the night before. You see, the night before last, I stayed up and binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix. I shouldn’t have, and I didn’t mean to, … Continue reading It’s all a work in progress
Maybe I should give it more time, but I’m not going to. I’m calling this experiment done. Here are a few of the reasons I think this one failed. I spent a lot of time trying to tweak the block sets, but nothing I came up with fit my work patterns It pushed me toward … Continue reading Failed experiment: site blocking software to fight distractions
I said yesterday that I’m trying to start a summer routine, but nope, it really didn’t work. I ended up writing in scattered sessions throughout the day, and just one day of feeling like I was supposed to write on schedule was enough to make me rethink the idea of an artificially constructed routine. I did manage … Continue reading Follow up to the summer routine post