Who can blame you?
Some folks post content about setting goals, about finishing, establishing habits.
And those same shmucks then post suggestions to break habits, to mix things up. And they glorify those times when they procrastinate on their writing.
Who are these people and why are they allowed to publish this drivel? It has to stop!
In the meantime, just to add to the confusion, take a look at what Susie Orman Schnall says in Writer’s Digest about balancing work and life. Pay particular attention to tip #4.
Hey, we all need them.
“I’d be writing but…
- “Geeeez, that Hallmark movie’s Nielsen Ratings need me.”
- “Right now, I’m getting more concrete results from cleaning the garage than rewriting that last chapter.”
- “I just have to call my friend back east, even though she hasn’t acknowledged my existence in the last eighteen and a half months.”
Okay, there you go. But you can only use them once. And then it’s back to work.
Need a ‘few’ others?
Tell me your favorites you’ve used [overused?] through the years.
With help from Seth Godin.
One kind of practice fits the traditional definition. We repeat processes until we improve. Shooting baskets, playing ‘Greensleeves’, making the perfect sunnyside-up egg.
“The other kind of practice is more valuable but far more rare.”
“This is the practice of failure. Of trying on one point of view after another until you find one that works. Of creating original work that doesn’t succeed until it does. Of writing, oration and higher-level math in search of an elusive outcome, even a truth, one that might not even be there…We become original through practice.”
Here’s hoping you’re making time for both types of practice.
Courtesy of me.
I’m going with three projects to finish in December.
1. An online mini-course on ‘writing to learn’.
2. The Eclectic’s Journal
3. Leaning toward the mundane, simply put: Car in the garage by January, 2018. [Granted, it’s not even close to ‘hoarder’s condition’, but really, it’s been 16 years since a car has actually fit in the garage at this house.]
I’ll once again be using Austin Kleon’s 30-Day Challenge–Every day I will: form to keep me focused.
And this time, I’m slapping it on the wall beside my ‘Habit-Stacking’ chart.
The Habit Stacking link is an affiliate link. It doesn’t raise the price on the $3.99 book and it might make me a quarter, if that much.
You’ve been encouraged before to see projects through.
One month left in 2017. What can you put in the plus column?
More guidance from Jon Acuff , author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.
I’ll even join you.
My challenge: Finish three projects by December 31. They don’t have to be big ones. They don’t have to be ones you’ve already started. I’ll let you know my three soon-to-be-finished projects. [Overconfidence…it’s so unbecoming.]
I would love to hear even one of yours comment section!
Let’s gain momentum from each other.
Once you establish your ‘focus’ mindset, you can release the shackles (getting a bit dramatic here, aren’t we?) and work elsewhere.
Yesterday, you were advised to “just write the damn book.”
Time to tune into Hugh MacLeod’s advice in his book, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity]…
“So you’ve got the itch to do something…You don’t know if you’re good or not, but you think you could be. The problem is, even if you are good, you know nothing about this kind of business…”
“That’s…your adult voice, your boring and tedious voice trying to find a way to get the wee crayon voice to shut the hell up. Your wee voice doesn’t want you to sell something. Your wee voice wants you to make something.”
And so, there you are for your hour [or two or three], inside your hermetically sealed fortress of focus—go make something.
Or Joseph Finder and Hugh MacLeod are going to find out about it.