I have a problem…You see, I’m a writer…and a writer is supposed to, well…WRITE. But I’m not feeling inspired to write at the moment…
That’s not exactly the problem. The problem is that, whether I feel INSPIRED or not, I need to write anyway.
And I haven’t been.
You can’t get away with that in most other professions.
For example, just because I don’t feel like teaching my class doesn’t mean that I don’t show up and do it anyway.
If people didn’t show up for work, society would fall apart. Patients would die while their doctors hit the golf course. Retailers would lock their doors because no one came to work to take care of their customers. The transportation system would grind to a halt as drivers and pilots took the day off.
So why do I stop writing when I don’t feel like it?
Is it because I somehow view my writing as less important? Do I think that what I have to say doesn’t matter?
Or is it because I am just undisciplined…
That’s a statement, not a question.
It also answers the question, “Why do I stop writing when I don’t feel like it?”
I’m undisciplined. My days blow by without a plan. And, as the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
In a recent blog, Michael Hyatt writes about the importance of getting a handle on his schedule. He even includes a link to an excel file that lays out his “ideal week.” I encourage you to read it. You will benefit immensely, believe me.
What tools are you using to become more productive? Have you ever laid out a picture of your “ideal” day, week, or month? Please feel free to share how you are maximizing your time more effectively.
Because I need all the help I can get.