Question of the Week: How do I get my writing schedule back on track?
It happens to everyone, doesn’t it?
You are tooling along writing with a writing schedule that is getting you to your goal. Then summer time came. Or a health issue, or an emergency that knocks everything off kilter. Your schedule has changed. Your priorities have shifted. And now you are no longer getting to your writing and your life is unbalanced.
Life happens to everyone. But the people who successfully overcome these challenges are the ones who have a recovery plan. A plan that helps them get back on track after the curve ball.
Here’s what you need to do to create a recovery plan to get you back on track.
Take a Step Back
The first step in recognizing that you are off track is stepping back and realizing that you are off track. One of the best tips I ever received was to set aside time once each week and once each month to take that step back to determine if you are still on track. The benefit of doing this weekly is that if you are off track, you will notice it quickly. During this Step Back Time, ask yourself, “Am I doing what I need to do to reach my goals?”
Make a Change
If you can’t answer yes to the question above then its time to make a change.
Answer these questions: What changed? Why aren’t you reaching your goals? What do you need to do differently? Do you still want what you were working for?
Next, you need to make the decision to change the way you are doing things. Here’s why: if you keep doing the same thing, you will always have the same results.
Make it Happen
The best way to add a new (or renewed) routine to your schedule is to attach it to something concrete that you already do. Do you have a morning cup of coffee? Attach that to your writing. For example, the next time you sit down with your morning coffee, have your notebook with you and spend 15-20 minutes writing.
Finally, go easy on yourself. It’s hard to get back on track. Reward yourself for small victories and soon you will be back on track!
Although it’s hard to get back in the saddle, if you have a plan to make a change for the better, you are more likely to get back up on that horse and ride towards your goals!