A Little Bit (Or More) Each Day ... Of What?
December 14, 2012 4:46 PM Subscribe
Help me decide how to spend 5 to 30 minutes each day in 2013.
posted by reader-writer to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Last Christmas I received a "daily journal" jar loaded with questions and prompts for writing about my life. I began in January and kept at it. It has been a great project because I love writing and enjoy journaling. Though I'm busy, my schedule is pretty flexible. Now I have a 100,000+ word document, which feels like quite an accomplishment. But a year of writing about myself seems like plenty.
Perhaps the most important part of this project - the one I'm struggling to replicate - is the balance of routine (one response per day) and flexibility (writing more or less depending on interest or available time, writing whenever I can steal some time during the day).
I am considering writing something else. But I worry about replicating the balance. If I wrote a novel, for instance, a daily word count might be too constraining. But "I'll write every day" would be to easy to dodge with "I'll make up for it tomorrow." And there would be days when I'd legitimately want to spend the time researching and puzzling instead of writing. Too many such days could easily derail the project.
What other ideas do you have for daily actions where I could replicate this balance? Or, if you think writing a book will work, how should I set the parameters so I can keep it up for a year?