Today is all about monitoring my progress and treating writing like a “punch in, punch out” job, with all the aspects of a job such as doing the daily grind work even when you are not feeling any passion for it, making small measurable goals and tracking what you did while working.
The author, Rachel Federman says “there’s a great little thing that happens when you start monitoring your time….Just simply the act of recording how much time you put in will increase the amount of time you have” I think this is a pretty good theory and one that I already sort do. I turn on a timer for 30 minutes before I start writing and I work at least that long, almost always longer “off the clock” so one thing I’m changing today is instead of a timer that tells me when to stop I’m going to use a stopwatch and record the time I spend, if I finish in less than 30 minutes I will work on another project for a little while.
I’ve been doing the slog work all this week, and I notice someday are certainly more inspired than others, you can go look at the length and quality of my blog posts and tell which days I was feeling it and which days I wasn’t. Today I’m not really feeling it to be honest. I have a job interview in a few hours that I’m nervous about and I have other things I would much rather be doing with my time. My house is messy and it’s a beautiful day outside, sitting at my desk seems hard and not very productive.
Writing for 30 minutes a day and doing a blog post every day are small measurable goals, but since writing the blog takes more than 30 minutes I’m actually putting very little work into my projects. So, I guess I should add another timed goal, to make sure that I work on some actual fiction every day, even if only for a few minutes, 10 maybe? At least for the duration of the boot camp. After I finish working on “Writer’s Boot Camp” I will have those 30 minutes most days just to work on fiction.
The other thing I need is a more detailed work log, including time spent on each project. I already sometimes keep a worklog in my writing planner, but I often forget to put things in there and I never monitor times. I’m going to update it with times every day, and for the rest of this challenge, I’ll post it here too. The author also feels that by tracking your work you will feel more able to accept the reward of a break, I don’t really do official “breaks” I just go from one task to another all day, sometimes fucking around with my phone on facebook or playing games, or watching a few minutes of T.V, but it’s procrastinating and I always feel guilty about it, maybe with the time tracking I can start taking real breaks doing fun things and not feel like I’m stealing time away from myself and my important tasks.
Today my writing work was:
About 20 minutes working on a script for a youtube channel I want to start and making a list of possible future episodes.
Some amount of time reading “Writer’s Boot Camp” day 6
4.5 minutes updating the worklog in my writer’s journal
25 minutes writing this blog post
16 minutes on “Eat the Rich”
12 minutes editing, adding a picture and posting this blog entry