Another Monday is upon us. If you have an office job, will you drag into work, thinking of fifteen other places you would rather be, with bed high on the list? Re-entry into the work week is hard, but re-starting your writing no matter what day of the week wins the Resilience and Determination Litmus Test hands down.
Here are three tips for restarting your writing routine:
1. The shorter time since you were last writing, the easier it is to begin. If you wrote yesterday and stopped at point where you weren’t totally spent, you have something more to give to the writing today. Stick to a scheduled writing routine.
2. Always have three key words at the ready to guide the day’s writing session. When you end each writing session, write down at least three key words that will spark your ideas for the next writing session. If you do that, you will have a way to move into the writing. Then re-entry may not be so overwhelming.
3. Starting your day with a workout or a run will recharge your brain. Have you heard about the schools that are now using exercise within the classroom and scheduling competitive, heavy-duty exercise early each day to awaken the kids’ brains? Dr. Charles Hillman at the University of Illinois says that exercise is “good for attention, it’s good for how fast individuals process information, and how they perform on cognitive tasks.”
In “The Happiness Project” blog, Gretchen Rubin says that when she drops her child off at day care, she could then exercise at her conveniently located gym before going to work, but she doesn’t want to waste the morning time. It is true that the morning is the best time to write, but exercise is never a waste of time.
For a faster restart to your writing and with less foot dragging:
1. Write daily.
2. Write three key words at the end of each writing session to jump-start the next session.
3. Spend 30 minutes on a treadmill or in other aerobic exercise each morning.
What about you? What’s your plan for a smart re-start to your writing?
Best to you,
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach