Accountability circle update 1

Been at it for two weeks so far, and it’s really interesting.

Checking in every day with minutes spent on the writing project, or other supporting activities is a great idea.

It gives you a subtle nudge towards fitting in some writing when you can.

So far, week 1 was easier, whilst I was still on leave from the day-job.

Second week has been much harder. Catching up with lots in the day-job and trying to make time for writing, too, has been a real challenge.

Some days have been OK, but I struggled badly towards the end of the week.

More soon.

Life’s busy

I’ve been ignoring this blog. Apologies.

Life has got seriously busy at the day job. The business is all around writing ‘thought leadership’ pieces on various technology subjects, so right up my street and excellent practice for becoming an independent writer.

There are very few hours to do anything else, though, especially with time also needed for commuting, family, exercise, and sleep!

I’ve been ignoring Constant Content too; I only have three articles for sale, and nothing’s sold yet. I found the process for creating grammatically perfect writing really hard work; that translates into ‘taking a lot of energy and time’; I don’t have that extra energy or time to burn at the moment.

Moan, moan. So, what to do?

I still think CC is an excellent way to harden up my writing, and the high bar for article quality is a useful training aid – if I try and get gradually better, I’ll take short-cuts under time pressure. I need to burn through the energy barrier and make some time available to write again outside of work. I’ll try and go for really short pieces, to get some articles done. It will be a big boost to have something sold.

More soon. Honest!


Pomodoro method

Yes, the pomodoro method seems to work well for time-boxing a short session and getting some work done.  I managed two sessions, before going into work, and got lots of work done.

You’re meant to do four in a block (roughly two hours) and then take a longer break.  I haven’t tried a full day of it yet: it’s pretty tricky when you’re travelling, or at different offices hovering on a hot-desk.

I used an iPad app to do the timing.  Using a real kitchen timer is meant to be better, but I can’t see that going down well in an office.  Maybe only when ‘home alone’?

I’ll give it another try soon.  It may help with my experiments into content freelancing.


Procrastination, family and the day job …

I’ve not got very far recently and it’s getting frustrating.

I’ve had lots of excuses: the day job has been hectic, lots of fun family commitments that have eaten weekends, and a sick Mrs B that needed looking after (much better now, thank you).

Somehow, I’ve managed to make time to do interesting IT stuff (setting up my own cloud instance – a bit like Dropbox), I’ve read lots of interesting writing-related stuff on the web, I’ve dabbled with the Dvorak keyboard layout.

I haven’t done any writing (outside the day job, anyway) or planning for stories.  This is mostly procrastination and I need to get a handle on it.

It’s said that “Writers are those people that actually write, rather than just read about it and make plans.”  I’ve almost certainly got enough knowledge and tools (software is another massive time hog) to get some paid writing done.  I need to develop the habit of writing, and make the regular time available to do it.