Early to Bed, Early to Rise… Unless You’re a Writer

I Don’t Like Writing Schedules or Any Schedules

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but for me, schedules have never really been my “thing”. Sure, I can follow a schedule, for instance, I had a schedule when I worked a day job: Show up at 8, work all day, leave at 5. For everything else though, it doesn’t work like that.

I am, what I like to call, a goal-oriented dreamer. You see, I get an idea (be it for a story or a project or a new way to cook egg noodles) and I start to run with it. I put all my effort into it. Well, for a little bit. Then I get sidetracked or get a new project and the older one moves down the list.

Writing Schedule
Making a writing schedule is a good thing. If it works for you, then, by all means, have at it.

Most people call it a one-track mind, or some even say “the king of unfinished projects”. It’s true. I am singularly task-oriented. I do have a ton of projects not completed. However, I don’t find this to be a problem for the most part. I have good ideas and I get them often and some stick with me and turn into budding projects, and others fade away as things not ever going to be done. I am fine with it.

Why shouldn’t I be? I would rather have a thousand and one ideas written down in my idea notebook and have only 1 percent of them being worked on than have no ideas and be 100 percent bored.

I Create my Own Writing Schedule Based on My Boredom Level

The way I see it, I am able to jump from one task to another when things get boring. I don’t like the story I am working on, poof, jump to the next one on the list. I’ll give up scrubbing old taco shells stuck in three-day-old dried salsa off a plate and — boing, I jump to cleaning the bathroom.

I know that eventually I will get back to that first story and finish it. Just as I will get back to that plate and clean it completely. As long as other people aren’t affected by my lack of writing schedule organization, I see no harm in putting off until tomorrow.

I Do Have Too Much To Do, Though

My main problem is that I end up with so many ideas or projects that I get overwhelmed. So every now and again I have to force myself to take a step back and reevaluate what is important and where I should be going.

For instance, I have two novels I am working on that I plan to have done by the end of next year. But… but Netflix has so many seasons of shows I used to watch. Now that they autoplay the next episode… what? It’s hard to stop.

So, until I can put down the remote and jump back on board with the whole words on a paper thing, I will keep doing what I’m doing. I will reach my goal, I always do. Besides, the destination isn’t the journey, it’s getting there, and, I work better under pressure.

Can’t help it.

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