Summer is my favorite season, but as much as I love it, my writing does go down because I’m constantly running kids to the beach or camps or trying to adjust to NOT having a schedule. But this summer I’m on a mission to finish my manuscript and have it subbed by the end of July (Or early August)
Anyhew, this self-imposed deadline has forced me to do a few things differently in order to meet my goal.
Here’s what has helped me:
1) I get up earlier. Having a new puppy has certainly helped with that respect, but I found it’s a GREAT time to get some needed editing or writing done while the kiddo is sleeping in.
2) I exercise more. What? Yes, this actually has given me more energy and my mind seems to be in better focus in the early morning.
3) I cut my blogging schedule. As much as I enjoy reading and writing blogs, that is A LOT of time to use that I don’t have until the fall. And guess what? I still have my bloggy friends and my sales have not been affected.
4) I cut my Facebook time. Yes, I like Facebook and I like all my Facebook friends. But I check in ONCE a day for 5 minutes and then I’m out of there. And guess what? My FB friends still like me and my sales have not been affected.
5) When I have two or three hours of time to work on my writing—I ONLY work on my writing. Yes, I’m tempted to throw in a load of laundry or just quickly empty the dishwasher, but those little things add up to BIG time eaters. I do them AFTER I’ve worked on my writing.
6) I’m reading less. Is that a good thing? Well, for me, summer is usually my reading time, but since I’m writing, something has to be sacrificed. Not that I’m not reading at all, just not reading as much or as fast.
That’s my summer schedule and I’m sticking to it. So far, it’s been working out great. 🙂
How about you? Does you writing schedule change in the summer? How do you keep on track?
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