Chocolate Chip Cookies And Pink Nails, Writing Corner

Getting Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pink Nails publish-ready | Step Three (July Checkup)

This is going to be a very QUICK little pop in. July has been BRUTAL. I was sick for 2 weeks. My husband got hit by a car (He’s okay! No broken bones and is almost back to a 100%). Our bathroom flooded. Chaos at the new job. All of this meant that I worked very little on the book and didn’t hit my two chapters per month goal. I have 3 and a half hours saved up for July that I need to spend on the book and I’m going to try to catch up where I can, but honestly, I need to recess a few things and see how I can balance everything while keeping my sanity.

For one of the reports for work I had to write up a plan of action on how I’m going to balance work, school and my private life. And this is how my general week looks like: 1 day is all mine. My private life day. My recharge day. 1 day is just me going to school. 3-4 days I work. On my working days I also write reports for work and do any courses, training and etc. 1-2 day for school stuff. This includes working on projects, preparing for lessons and studying. All of this means that I only have 1 day a week to possibly work on the book, but that also means that on the only free day I have just for myself I need to work on the book, which is honestly not ideal and I’m just not going to be able to balance it in the long run. So, I now need to come up with a plan on how to best balance everything. And as I’m a problem solver at heart, I’ve spent this last week trying to come up with some solutions.

These are the possible solutions that I would want to try out on a month trail basis until we find the best match.

  • Commit to spending 15min on the book every 2 days. Basically, I turn on a timer, open the document and just work until the timers goes off. If inspiration hits and I’m on the roll I work through my timer until I reach a good stopping point.
  • Commit to spending 45min on the book every 4 days. With the same timer rule thing going on.

For August I will try out the 15min timer one. I will start today after this blog goes up. Hopefully I can just hit my stride and get going. Inspiration is almost zero at this point and it takes so much energy and effort to just sit down and work on the book. It’s not necessarily to do with time as much and more to do with a combination of lack of motivation and writer’s block. But I think the only way to compact that is to write more frequently. I will come back at the end of the month with an update, hopefully I can then finally share that I’ve hit the two chapters a month goal. I’m so behind schedule it’s not even funny. I hope things are going okay with you all, please take care and stay safe.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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