It’s week three and although we haven’t gone through the numbers yet, it’s safe to say that not only did I not meet my goal, I went below my original baseline.
There is a couple reasons for this. The first is that this week was probably the hardest week of all for me yet. I had no internet in my house until Wednesday and even then I had to fight with Verizon FIOS to get it installed correctly. To say that it took an act of god was an understatement.
Next the movers came with my stuff on Wednesday. I literally did not sit down until midnight on Wednesday. I managed to pump out a little more than 750 words (786 to be exact), but they were all total crap.
Then on Thursday I did the unthinkable. I forgot to write. In fact it wasn’t until this morning that I realized that I did not do my writing for yesterday. Again, this was mostly due to the headache but also I just wasn’t really thinking about it. My house was a complete wreck and writing was the last thing on my brain. I can’t write in clutter. My mind won’t allow me to achieve even the simplest of flow states to write coherently.
Which leads me to believe that writing everyday is hard. Maybe that’s what you should aim for, but don’t become discouraged if you can’t do it everyday. Life happens. Stuff happens and most of all, even if you do manage to write everyday, some days are going to be crap. That is unless you plan your writing out in advance.
I’ll talk more about that in a minute but for now here are the numbers:
- Average words per day (June 14-20) – 668
- Average minutes to get to 750 words – 66
- Average words per minute – 11
- Total words (June 14-20) – 4,676
- Best day (June 16) – 843 words
- Book chapter — 1,000 words
- Total Work Generated – 1,000 words
- Percentage effectiveness – 21%
21% effective! That is poor and quite frankly embarrassing. Even though I feel like I have good reasons, still, this sucks.
Here is my game plan for next week.
1. Plan out my work — I need to set a daily goal of what I want to write. So for example, Monday I plan to finish Chapter 17 of my book. Tuesday I plan to finish Chapter 18 and so on and so forth.
2. I need to rest more — I’ve been very busy trying to settle in to my groove in my new job and new house. I need to ensure I am getting enough sleep to write effectively.
3. I need to create my writing space — I need my own space to write. My husband wants us to share an office, but this is not working for me. So I’m taking over the sunroom and making it my space. To accomplish this, this weekend I’m headed to IKEA to look for a desk and some other office organizing equipment.
I think this game plan will get me back on track and ready to rock next weeks number. Goal for next week is to go back to the baseline of week one, which was 72% effectiveness.
Until then, let me know what you think of the challenge thus far. Is this help you? What else do you want me to talk about.