Yesterday, I did something I rarely do: I went to a coffee shop and wrote. And I actually wrote. I’m always suspicious of writers in coffee shops because I need complete silence and no distractions to get down to business. Or so I thought. But yesterday, I surprised myself by getting a few pages done while my son was at lacrosse practice. The price of gas being so high, It’s not worth dropping him off, driving home, then driving back at rush hour. So several days a week now, I find myself on the other side of town with about an hour and a half to kill. Usually, I walk or do a Target run or some combination of the two. But yesterday, I packed my laptop and headed to Starbucks because I was behind.
Yes, behind on the master schedule in my head. The medical emergencies here over the last 3 weeks have really cut into my productivity. I know, that’s life. But it’s still an issue that gets me down and causes stress. Ironically, it’s the projects like a new book– that’s no one’s paying you for or specifically waiting for– that I find need the most care to stay on track. When i have a contract, deadlines and a paycheck waiting, it’s easier to find the time. But working on my own, it’s easy to let those deadlines slide.
So I decided to put my nose to the grindstone over the next two weeks and try to make up the pages so I can stay on my monthly target. Those three pages I wrote at Starbucks may not seem like a lot, but they put my mind at ease and got me back on track mentally. I feel better today because I made up some work yesterday.
How is it going with your Do the Work goals? Are you behind? Ahead? How do you make up the work when you fall behind? Let us all know.