Well, I’m back to being productive. I took a four-day break, spent lots of time with my family, and ordered a new video game to play with my daughter. The four-day vacation was fantastic.
Typically, our family days are Sunday, because my girlfriend works on Saturdays. However, this week she had Saturday off so my two half days are turning into a four-day weekend, which is the first I’ve had in maybe a year. Therefore, aside from a few clerical things—such as Aconite Café’s powwow—I’m doing jackshit this weekend.
I took yesterday off, or rather I took a half day. I did clerical work, and a little outlining, but I didn’t post anywhere. This daily log/journal is something I want to use to keep track of my progress over a longer period. Since I missed a day, I’ve been keeping notes in a journal that way the posts are, in essence, already written. It’s just a matter of sitting down to dictate and edit the notes into a publishable format.
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I put productivity as my highest goal. Beyond my writing, I do my best to be productive in all aspects of my life. From educating my daughter, to cooking, and work. However, there’s one aspect of my life I’ve been neglecting—relaxation.
Today has been so intense I feel like my brain fried. I knocked out everything on my to-do list. While I created four content posts for Aconite Café today. What I’m most proud of is writing up the beat list for Act 1. Tomorrow I start writing key scenes. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this novel is the one that finds my audience.
Last night as I was in danger of complete burnout. Which lead to me staying up way too late, which meant I also slept in late today. However, taking the extra time to recharge myself clearly payed off! If you’ve been following me you saw I didn’t post until late yesterday, in part from the burnout.
I’m 385% as efficient today as I was in August 2015 when I stated tracking. Even when I started tracking, I’d always been more efficient than my peers around me, but I can’t say how much more efficient. Regardless, 1 hour of work today is equal to 2 hours and 51 minutes of work in 2015. I have every intention to keep tracking and scaling this.
I wish I would have had a list of books like this when I first started out. After reading over 100 books, on writing, editing, publishing, and marketing, I decided sharing my top choices would help others like you. If this post helps, please leave a comment on which book helped you. I like to keep this list updated and see which books help others.
First, we had to set clearly defined, tangible, goals so we would know if we succeeded or failed. We managed an 85% success rate, which I think is the perfect percentage.
I know, I know. I can hear the objections now. What do you mean plan for failure?
The point here isn’t to ask or hope for failure. The point is to have a plan for when failure happens because failure is inevitable.