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Routine Is Key

Did you know that it takes about 21 days to make a habit?

I’m not really sure how true that is, but I’m willing to try it out.

I always give myself a word count to meet daily. On good days, it works. On not so good days–busy days, days I’m exhausted–it doesn’t work very well.

I work better in the morning. I’m a morning person and on days when I have work, it’s better to get anything done before work rather than after because by the time I get home from chasing around preschoolers for six hours, I’m too tired.

Coming to the conclusion that I’ve been going about this whole routine thing the wrong way, I decided to set aside some writing time for each day.

I’ve thought of doing this before, but my schedule changes a lot between work, babysitting, church, family, friends, etc. So I never gave it a shot. I think it’s about time I start doing that.

Now that I’m out of school and work is done for the summer, I thought of setting aside two hours every morning to write. Hopefully it’ll work so by the time work starts back up again, I’ll be in a good enough routine to stick with it without trying.

I’m only going to do it five days a week, though. Monday through Thursday plus Saturday when Kris and I go on our Barnes and Noble trips. Fridays will be blog days and Sundays will be for planning Sunday school for next year.

Of course, if I want to write I will. But as long as I get at least two hours in on those days, I think it’ll work out.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what works for you?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Routine Is Key

  1. I had a writing routine, but I kept breaking it. I need to sit back down and make a new one. I have off the first full week of July, and that’s what I plan to do during that time.

  2. I used to have a routine. It was weird falling out of it and it really did work to keep me writing everyday. I would just come home, change, put on some music and pull up whatever I was working on at the time for at least an hour. Now it’s a routine to do anything but and I hate trying to get back into it – it’s as hard as getting away from it.

    I’m certain you’ll find some success with your new routine. Consistency is key. Even when you don’t feel like it hahah.

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