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Writing Program: Week 4 (One Month of Writing Completed)

This week marks the completion of the first month of the program. One thing that can help keep you motivated during each week is to have a physical calendar hanging on your wall. As you finish each day’s schedule put a big X on that day. As you fill up the calendar with Xs a chain forms. If you Google the term “Don’t break the chain” you will find a ton of articles about a motivational technique used by Jerry Seinfeld.

Mark off each day you complete your goal.

The theory behind it, is the more Xs you have in a row the less likely you will be to break the chain. If you were to go a whole month completing ever day’s task you wouldn’t want to skip a day, breaking the chain. You would do whatever you could to keep the chain going.

As you use this or any habit setting program get out that calendar, hang it up somewhere prominent, where you will see it everyday, and mark off each day with an X.

Week 4:

Day 22

As an opposite to the 6th day of each week, being the most intense, the 1st day of the week is the most relaxed. This day is just a reading day. Don’t worry this day will soon be a writing day.

While I only list 30 minutes of reading feel free to read more. As long as you don’t subtract time from a timeframe, add as much time as you like. The times that are listed are here to help ensure that a particular amount of time is dedicated to a specific event. If you want to read, write, or exercise more by all means go for it.

Day 23

More writing has been added to this day.  A full hour, two 30 minute, of writing needs to be completed.

Day 24

No more rest days during the week. Today adds a 30 minute reading session to the program.

Day 25

Just like Day 23, this day has a full hour of the day dedicated to writing.

Day 26

A light day of writing, just one session today.

Day 27

This is the weekly long writing day. Two full hours of writing. Like all the other writing, break it up into 30 minute sessions.

Day 28

Rest Day

One thing that I have noticed is that sometime between week 3 and 4, if you are starting out as a beginner, is when the first stages of struggling to write comes in. This is where those Xs I talked about earlier come in handy. Keep up the good work. Building a good habit in never easy, but with dedication and perseverance the habit will form and soon it will become second nature.

Remember we are treating this like a new part-time job. With any new job there is the training period where we are still learning. Take this time to get used to writing in short bursts; it will make things easier when you have to write during longer writing stretches.

Get paid for your work, even if no one buys it

Another two successful days completed in my writing program. While the program does start easy, it still causes me to exert extra energy to compete the writing days.

Take yesterday for example, Day 4. I just wanted to sleep. With the weather changing my sinuses have been acting up. Yesterday I had a massive headache. I had to force myself to sit down for 30 minutes and work on my book. I made good progress. While my head was pounding I kept working. After I was done writing I found that the progress I made was much better than the first.

Today, Day 5 is a rest day. Tomorrow will be a different story, more writing.

One of the things that I’ve begun to do to keep myself motivated is to pay myself for my writing. Since I’m treating this as a part time job I worked in giving myself a paycheck, albeit a very small paycheck. For every half-hour that I write I pay myself $0.50. At the end of the week I tally up all the writing sessions I completed and transfer the funds from my checking account into my savings account. This savings account is dedicated just for my writing. With the money saved I plan on buying things such as a new word possessing program, MS Word 2003 is a bit out of date.

Right now I’m keeping these posts short and only do a quick edit on them. So I apologize if something doesn’t read right. As the writing program progresses I’ll have more time to spend on the blog.