I understand why you might be confused. I have been going on for two days about the hard things like managing one’s time and diverting the sparkly things and the shoulds. And now, the title of this post might seem out of place. It’s not. There are difficult days in a long-term practice but that shouldn’t stop us from moving forward. If you’re struggling, the trick on those days isn’t to kick yourself, it’s to make it easy.
My antidote is routine. I have been writing every day for the last 42 days. Typically, I write at the same time of day. This time is so imprinted that when it arrives and I’m not writing, I wonder why I’m doing something else.
Also, when I sit down to write, I have a routine. I make myself a cup of tea, fill my water bottle, light some candles, light some incense, set my timer to block my iPhone, turn off my music, sit down, grab a pencil, open my journal and work. I balance my time between generating new work and revision. Between the timer and the steps within my work routine, I know where I am and what it takes for me to feel done for the day. It’s not that the piece of writing is always finished, though lots do get there, it’s about being in the practice and knowing that I have accomplished what I set out to do.
Easy peasy! Well, not always.
But this is the best way I know how to make it through those tough to write moments. What is something that’s difficult in your life that could be facilitated by a routine? Create one and by doing so, you’re giving a hug to your future self when she really needs it.