Creating a Writing Routine
I’m a fan of pro/con lists, so when deciding on something as important as my future career, I certainly sat down and composed one. I was an undergraduate considering becoming a teacher—a decision that shocked everyone, especially me. The idea had grown on me, though, and my “pro” side was full. My con side was skimpy: the pay, misbehaving students, and adhering to a schedule.
It’s laughable, now, that I shirked the idea of keeping a schedule. After ten years of full-time teaching, I have learned that I need routine in order to be productive. I wish I was a self-motivated individual, an early riser, or someone who has flexible hours and expectations and still accomplishes their goals. When I wasn’t busy with graduate school or professional development, my summers off deteriorated into full days of sleeping interrupted only by forays onto social media and YouTube.
So, in short, I need routine. It’s almost embarrassing how much I crave structure.
My husband was adamant that he would take on most of our household’s financial responsibilities so that I could devote myself to writing and blogging. And, in my defense, I have written a great deal. Only some of it has happened at 2 AM. Some of it has happened after a week long dry spell with zero productivity. Some of it has not been my best work.
So, I’ve decided to recreate the structure that once existed in my full-time career. My current situation is unique. I work part-time, and twice a week—on Tuesday and Wednesday—I only work a half-day. With this in mind, my new weekly writing schedule is as follows:
Monday—edit writing, compose blogs
Tuesday—write the entire day (no editing)
Wednesday—write the entire day (no editing)
Friday—day off from writing, read instead
I’ll keep you posted on whether or not this makes me the prolific writer I have always dreamed of being. Fellow writers, do you adhere to a schedule? Does it help you meet your writing goals?