Prioritizing Doesn't Work For Me - Sticking with one Goal Does
Most habit forming rules tell you to prioritize. I can write lists all day long and put big goals at the top, but it's not going to help get me going. If I've got a long lists of tasks I tend to take one look at them and realize this is just too much, time to put it off. So I don't start a bunch of jobs all at once. Instead, I tend to work towards one goal/one job and stick with it until it's done. That way I don't have an excuse to blow it off.
Setting Goals is a NO NO - Last Minute Deadlines and Playtime is a Win-Win
Ask any parent and they can tell you their kids don't like rules. I'm just like a kid. I don't like rules and refuse to play by them. I've tried believe me I have tried, to set goals and to get my writing done before my real-life. Life gets in the way, my mind gets bored easily and I can't focus for hours on just work. Instead, I'll write a paragraph or two, play one game or do a house chore that needs to be done, then write another paragraph or two and start that routine all over again. It keeps me from getting bored and I can accomplish a hell of a lot more that way. Now as far as deadlines, I'm not saying I'll wait til the very last second, but who says you need to turn in your work 2 weeks in advance! A day head of a deadline when life gets busy is more real to me.
Sleep isn't Always the Answer - Hello, Beer
They say sleep helps you focus better when you work. While you do need sleep to help keep you going, sometimes what I need is a beer to help me relax and focus better when I write. Okay maybe two beers! While I'm not saying you should be getting drunk, I do not see any harm in a drink just to mellow out so you can focus!
Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.