Another New Writing Schedule

I think the hardest part of writing for me is finding a schedule and sticking to it. And the thing is, it’s not me who has a hard time sticking to the routine, it’s other life things that get in the way.

Now that I’m home during the day while everyone else is at work, this would normally mean I have the entire morning and afternoon to myself to get my writing and blogging done.

Instead, it means, “Rachel’s home, so if something needs to be done, she can do it.” This varies from babysitting to driving my cousins to and from school, running random errands, etc.

I don’t mind any of this, of course. I’m able to do it so I won’t complain (even though it still sounds like I’m complaining). Still, I feel like I don’t get as much stuff done during the day than I normally would… or that I thought I would.

I actually have more stuff to do during the week now that doesn’t involve writing or blogging. So, I’ve decided to come up with a brand new schedule for myself. This is going to only be for the month of February and I’ll modify it if needed when March comes along.

New Writing Schedule | Creative Writing | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

Sunday

  • Blog, Double Jump – Write posts, create graphics, set up Buffer, etc.
  • Church, Sunday school lesson plans

Monday

  • Admin – Answer emails, read and comment on other blogs
  • Write – A minimum of two hours. Ideally, it’ll be longer, but if I can fit two hours in I’ll be happy.

Tuesday

  • Admin
  • Write

Wednesday

  • Admin
  • Write

Thursday

  • Admin
  • Write
  • Etsy – I was hoping to have a good amount of products done to open the shop in January, but it stuff happened. So I’d like to spend a couple hours on it every Thursday.
  • Freelance – Like Etsy, this is a work in progress. I’m currently trying to set up my own freelance services. I’m planning on having that good to go by the end of the month so there will be more on that later.

Friday

  • Admin
  • Write
  • Clean – Because the house needs attention, too…

Saturday

  • Blog, Rachel Poli – Write posts, create graphics, set up Buffer, plan and write newsletters, etc. I’ve gotten behind, so for this month, I’m going to try to get two weeks done at a time so I can get a good head start for March and upcoming months.
  • Barnes & Noble – Go to the bookstore every morning and either write/edit or work on the blog.

There’s a lot more to it. I have a calendar set up with everything on it but didn’t include it all here. You guys don’t need to know every detail of my life.

Long story short, I’ll be writing Monday through Friday as well as answering emails and such for the blogs. Weekends will be reserved for blogging mostly. And then some. We’ll see how it goes!

What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have a tough time trying to keep up with it? Let me know in the comments below!

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.comTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest | GoodReads | Double Jump

Sign up for Rachel Poli's Newsletter and get a FREE 14-page Writing Tracker! | Writing | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

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?