This week has been a bit of an adventure for me in the writing world and a jarring switch in how I spend my days. The short version is while I’ve been threatening to semi-retire from online garden writing, I finally made the move. Instead of spending all day writing electronic gardening content, I took half the day for non-garden-writing and activities.
I’m as busy as I ever was and there’s no less work to be done on the website gardening side of things but then again, that stack of work hasn’t gone down in 7 years no matter how many hours I put in, so I see no reason why it would get shorter now. What has changed is I’m spending more time on the other two income streams (video and ebooks) plus I’ve bumped the fiction writing up to a full time-partner in my daily schedule from the 5% status it’s had for the last 6 months.
My first hour however looked something like this:
6am: Get up. Shower and shave for my “first day in the office” Dress for success.
6:22 am: Make coffee
6:25 am: Head to office.
6:26 am: Put feet on desk, open daily notebook and complain about the weather. That off my chest, I make some observations about the new-me and get ready for the day.
6:42 am: Fire up iPad and Index Card App. Discover it’s not synced with laptop so latest work is on laptop.
6:43 am: Fire up laptop, sync Scrivener project with Dropbox so Index Card can suck it down.
6:45 am: Slap myself on wrist for opening web browser automatically so I could check for email. Congratulate myself for stopping.
6:46 am: Take peek at email on iPad. Slap myself on wrist.
6:47 am: Review outline/synopsis. Dreck.
6:50 am: Pour second cup of coffee
6:51 am: Pull out newly arrived print copy of “Story Engineering” and being from page one making notes and highlighting.
6:58 am: Wonder if I have any email. Resist urge and go back to reading.
6:59 am: Look for new magic marker that’s not dried up.
7:00 am: Congratulate myself for surviving first hour under new writing schedule.
And contrary to this first hour – which is a pretty accurate summary – it was a productive morning as I rolled into a new rhythm. The challenge of course is to hold this course as the novelty wears off the old habits of peeking for email and checking web-stats and comments want back in.
I’ll get back to you on that.