Honestly, I am in a challenging space. For the past couple of weeks, I have not been able to focus on my book (or this blog, for that matter). I think it’s a combination of things, including stress and sleep deprivation.
I’m also going through a life transition. Before I graduated, I would spend hours each day on my book. I put that project before other things in my life. Now that the pressure is off, I’ve been trying to revive my social life. For example, I joined a book club and recently spent a weekend in Columbus with my best friend from high school. I’ve also been exercising and paying more attention to my appearance. All of these things take time.
Basically, I need to find balance. I’m really committed to publishing this book, but I don’t want to neglect other areas of my life. It’s going to take some time to figure it out. In the meantime, I’m encouraging myself with these tips:
1) Stick to a Schedule. I love organizing my time with lists. In fact, I have a dry erase board in my kitchen for this very purpose. I would like to carve out consistent times for writing and blogging.
2) Don’t Over-Do It. It’s important that I don’t go overboard, scheduling a huge number of hours for my projects. I need to start small–maybe even just an hour here and there, and then build up.
3) Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Sometimes, I’m going to fail. I may not write as much as I want to on a particular day, or I might miss a week of blogging. Also, I might face criticism (internal and external) because my book isn’t done, yet. However, I have to remind myself that I’m not giving up on my goal and I’ve already accomplished so much regarding this project. I know I can do it!
How do you motivate yourself to get focused?