If your goal is to work on your dissertation or your article, what gets in your way and eats up your time and energy?
Every writer can find a million more important things to do, such as watching all the episodes of the first season of Downton Abbey in one day.
But what else derails your writing plans?
Kids? Family? A job? Check, check, check.
If the derailers were just kids-family-job, you could still most likely find a bit time to write. But there’s something else that is a wretched waste of time and energy, and it’s a frequent, even daily occurrence over which you have little control . . . your commute!
If you have a bad commute, you have my sympathies.
A bad commute has an intensely harmful influence on your quality of life and also on your making headway in your writing. Not only does a bad commute increase your anxiety, but it can turn you into someone you’d rather not know. I bet you’ve seen that side of yourself when you’re stuck in traffic.
It affects your mood and even your cognitive performance. And those negative effects are long-lasting, affecting your ability to follow through on plans to write and your ability to focus.
Please take a minute and let me know if your commute is an issue for you, and how it affects your writing. How do you work around the stress of a bad commute and make headway on your writing?
Hoping you’re sprinting past the barriers and writing,
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com