Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Satisfaction

How's your summer been?

I've been busy. I've been traveling, and writing, but not feeling the most productive.

I hate to say this, but even blogging takes away from my creativity, probably because writing is what I do for work. So when I blog, which is more work, I feel like my writing quota has been filled for the day and then I seem to meander and putz around when it comes down to actually cranking out words for a REAL book or article. Vicious cycle.

I'm going to make a list of things I've accomplished recently, things that helped me be even more productive, so that I can feel like I have been productive. That sounds garbled, but really, it makes sense.

I love lists and checking those "to do" things off. Absurd. But, hey. It helps me.

1. I finished Camp NANOWRIMO on July 31st, with 50,000 words. I must say, that is pretty good even for me, and though the words are mish-mashed, it's a whole lot better than the first draft I had of the same book, some six years ago. Check.

2. Went on a week-long vacation up to the Oregon Coast to relax, with the family. Not productive. But, a perfect way to reward my 50k words. Check.

3. Did the kids back to school shopping. Wow. That is a huge one, and I already have it done. Check!

4. Have a new work-in-progress just begun, and looks like it will be the work that I have for this fall. I'm liking it too. Check.

5. Closed my Pinterest account and a few other social media sites I never used. I know, this doesn't sound productive does it. But actually, it is. It means I'll be wasting less time, and doing more of what I truly need to do. If only I could get rid of Facebook, I would. I know. I could. But, I'm not there yet ... even though, most days I hate that place. Should be called "Bragbook." I'm guilty as charged, but really ... some people. Facebook might just be one of the worst inventions ever. True, our world is a lot smaller and that's cool. But we people in that world have become more vain, more conceited, and more insecure than ever before because of it. Not good.

Check.

Okay, there's a start. Now, make a list of your own, things you need to do to become more productive, and get going. I'm going to limit my blog to about twice a month. Once a week was what I was trying to do, and I can see that ain't going to happen. Like I said, it was becoming a chore. At twice a month, you get quality, not quantity. Which is what I want to be about anyway.

Until August ...

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Heather. CONGRATS on what you've been able to check off of your list.

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