Friday afternoon has to be my favorite time of the week, and not because it’s the end of the work week. I love Friday afternoons because as I look toward the weekend, I see oodles of productive writing time ahead. I’ll be able to get so much work done this weekend! I can’t wait. I’ll start… first thing tomorrow. I mean, no sense in doing it right now. Who ever heard of writing on Friday night?
And so it begins. The series of rationalizations that will lead inexorably to my least favorite time of the week: Sunday evening. (A downside of being creative is that you can too often sell yourself a bridge in Brooklyn.) Sunday evenings are as filled with self-recrimination as Friday afternoons are filled with optimism. Somehow, the weekend slips by and I find I’ve done a fraction of the writing I had dreamed of doing.
I think my problem is one of expectations, not productivity. I do get things done each weekend. But on Fridays, I dream up these grandiose plans. I need to practice setting realistic goals.
So, Writers’ Circle, it’s time to do two important things: 1) share your progress for March, and 2) set your goals for April. When May comes around, what would you like to have done?
If productivity and motivation are challenging for you in terms of your writing, set goals that will inspire you to push yourself. If you tend to set pie-in-the-sky goals (as I do) that actually work against you, then pare your goals down.
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