Instead, you need to Set your intentions, Ready the resources and Go track yourself.
Set Your Intentions!
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but the road to limbo is paved with no intentions.
At the beginning of the week, set your intentions in whatever tracking chart, table or tool you use. For each day of the coming week, record what you commit to do for Process, Self-Care or Product Time or some other activity.
Be sure to set zero intentions on your days off; for example, record “0 minutes for Product Time” on the days you don’t intend to do Product Time. That way you know that zero minutes on that day was honoring your intention, not “slacking off” or “skipping” or any other pejorative phrase your Saboteur might try to use against you.)
Click here to see a Sample Tracking Sheet the way it looks after you set intentions.
Ready The Resources!
Reserve time in your calendar to do what you commit to. Don’t let anything else creep into that reserved time. If you absolutely must schedule something else, move the block of reserved time somewhere else on that day — don’t delete it.
Make sure you have the supplies. It’s pretty hard to honor your commitment to play with clay for 15 minutes for Process on Tuesday, for example, if you don’t have any clay to play with. You either need to get clay before Tuesday or change your intention to a Process activity you already have supplies for.
Go Track Yourself!
Record your start time as you begin. With practice, tracking your start time becomes part of the ritual that leads you into your writing (or Process or Self-care).
Record your ending time and other details you’re tracking at the end of the session. If you don’t do anything, record “0 minutes” at the end of the day.
Be specific and factual. (“Tuesday: Played with clay 15 minutes” for example or “Tuesday: 5 minutes looking for clay, didn’t find any.”) As we’ll explore in an upcoming post, it’s vital to focus on facts and avoid judgment when you track.
Stay flexible. Life happens. If you get sick or have an emergency and would not go to a job where someone else pays you to show up, record “PTO” (Personal Time Off) on your tracking sheet.
Change your intention on the tracking sheet when necessary. For example, if you get injured on Tuesday, Self-care might need to change from “workout at gym” to “rest and ice” on Wednesday and “do stretches my physical therapist gave me” on Thursday and Friday. But don’t change the intention without a legitimate reason.