How to Run the Day Like a Writer
I learned how to fix my productivity problem, and it’s time you do too.
Sticking to a strict schedule was a nightmare. There were days where I’d have my shit together, finish my writing for the day, and others where the idea of writing something new filled me with dread. It wasn’t because I loved writing any less; it was because I was afraid.
Last month was my most unproductive month this year, and I spent a lot of it scrambling to get myself back on track instead of working through the issues that were causing my creative block. I couldn’t remember when I felt like I was writing without the constant pressure of impending deadlines because I was always unprepared.
When the time came to write, I was frozen. I woke up every day feeling like nothing was going to get done, or there wasn’t any substantial time left to try. I realized that if I wanted to make a lifestyle change, and shift my work habits, I’d have to start hacking my routine apart.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
You have a productivity problem
For the majority of my writing career, I’ve had a productivity problem. Even though I never missed a deadline, and wrestled to get things done even when every bone in my body was trying to stop me, I was unhappy. I didn’t enjoy writing the way I used to before starting to associate it with stress because I was trying to do too many things at the same time.
I had a plan, but the plan scared me more than anything because I knew that it was unrealistic, but I went with it anyway. Don’t do this, please.
When planning out your writing for the day, don’t attach unnecessary stress to each task, making it feel daunting and burdensome. Look at each task like a new opportunity, a chance to write incredible stories, and chuck the pressure before you begin.
You’re stressed, and your writing is suffering
“You have to motivate yourself,” I’ve been told by countless people who seem to do that quite effortlessly. I always followed that up with, “Okay, but how am I going to do that when I have all of these things I need to do?”
Last month, I was the most stressed I’d ever been. There wasn’t a day where I didn’t wake up with a headache. Most of them occurred directly after going to bed at five o’clock in the morning because I had to finish a deadline.
I didn’t realize how much of a toll it took on me until I had a single day where I had nothing to do; my first one in weeks, and do you know what I did? I cried.
I was so happy and relieved to be able to catch up on rest that I cried. That’s when I said, “Alright, I need to do something about this.”
You can fix it
I’ve been obsessed with discipline and consistency ever since I started writing professionally. I wanted to be the go-getter that got through the work and had time to unwind at the end of the day, but I was a mess. I was either insanely productive or not at all, and that lack of balance has been affecting me ever since it became an issue.
This is my month. I know it’s already well into August, but I finally have the chance to step away from the pressure and work towards my impending deadlines without overwhelming fear.
I have the chance to fix my schedule to prioritize my writing so that I can continue to grow, and soon I will run the day like a writer.
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