After my moments of great inspiration and motivation last week, I was unfortunately side-tracked by my everyday life. You know the drill – lunchboxes to fill, clothes to wash (and fold and iron and put away), meals to prepare, chocolate to eat – the list goes on.
I’ve been kind of stalled recently with my writing. I have so much to do, but I’ve had trouble getting started with anything. I want to write more blog posts, but find myself lacking inspiration when I sit down to write them. I have a stack of books that I need to write reviews for and even more that I still need to read. I have uni essays to write and, most importantly, a book draft that needs some editing, re-writing and tweaking so that it can be finalised in the very near future.
You’d think that with all this work waiting, I’d be hunched over my keyboard from day to night trying to get the work done, but instead I find myself mindlessly browsing in he pantry or staring off into space waiting for inspiration to come and tap me on the shoulder. In my defence, I do have some health issues that are making my brain a little fuzzy right now, but that really isn’t a good enough excuse to not be achieving anything.
After a very, very slow start to the week, I have finally been productive today and I have to say, Mary Poppins and apparently Aristotle were right. ‘Well begun is half done’. Once I started writing, the momentum built and I actually achieved quite a lot today. I’ve written three reviews for Suite, have finally finished writing up my interview of Jeannie Baker for Kids Book Review and I’ve written this blog post. I’ve also spent some time sorting out some details for my manuscript, which I will be able to get stuck into tomorrow.
If only I had turned to the wisdom of Ms Poppins sooner, I might not have a pile of review books that are constantly threatening to avalanche and bury an unsuspecting passerby and my co-author wouldn’t be filing missing persons reports on me because I haven’t returned any of her emails.
So, I’ve begun well and I’m hoping that the momentum continues so that I really can be ‘half done’ with my very long list of writing tasks awaiting my attention.
What tasks do you simply need to stop putting off and get started on? Please share so that I don’t feel quite so pathetic.by