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If at first you don’t succeed, alter your schedule

I can be stubborn about some things, but there comes a point when even I can see that something isn’t work. Last week I wrote about my schedule. My favorite time to write is early in the morning because there is an early win in the day. I’ve achieved something before 7am. This is all well and good if one can manage to stick to a schedule, something which I used to have no problem doing, but something about which, now, I can’t seem to handle. Every night I tell myself that I’m getting up at 5am to write. I put my head down on the pillow thinking about scenes in the upcoming story. And every morning, without fail, I sleep in.

It’s time to change the schedule. At this point, it’s more important to get the writing done than it is to do it in the morning, so I’m going to try shifting things around a bit. I’ll sleep in (as I have been) and instead so my writing in the evening, between 8-10pm. If I am sleeping in, I can stay up later. Regardless of how late I stay up, there is a point at which I must get up in the morning to get into the day job. I figure I’ll try my hand at writing beginning around 8pm and see how things go. Instead of laying in bed thinking about what I’d be writing the next morning, I’ll just stay up and write it. It still leaves the hour beforehand open for writing blog posts for the next day and so I can settle down at 8 knowing that everything else is done for the day. And I can go to bed that night with a win.

Starting tonight.


Somehow, I’ve gotten a reputation for being a somewhat disciplined person and I’m not exactly sure how the myth started. Sure, I get up early. Sure, I’ve been sticking to a pretty good workout schedule. But if I were truly disciplined, I would be able to come home from work and make myself sit in front of my computer and write instead of dumping myself in front of the television for several hours, wasting away the evening. (It is for this reason more than any other that I am going to give up TV for a while later this spring.)

I may have some discipline, but it is way out of proportion with the perception, judging by my reputation. To make my case, here is what I had for dinner when I got home tonight:

Healthy Choice Chicken Parmesan (so far so good)
2 white chocolate macadamia cookies (a rare indulgence, but I crave something sweet now and again)
8 (eight) Reeses Peanut Butter cups (which kruppenheimer will point out adds up to something like 1,000 calories)

I’m supposed to be laying off the carbs at night. The chicken is breaded. The cookies have plenty of carbs, and the peanut butter cups? Well, at least there is some protein in there somewhere. If I were as disciplined as people thought I was, I would be able to resist temptations like these. But I’m just as weak as the next fellow.