Misplaced productivity

I have gotten a lot done this week. I went to the park with the pup. I went to CrossFit (and needed hours of recovery after). I went retail therapy shopping. I baked and cooked delicious dinners (see below). I did some “paperwork” tasks for HR. I went to the university library to do some research. I read some research. I wrote one brilliant paragraph and a few so-so ones.

What I didn’t do was edit my novel. (I also didn’t blog.)

But the week is drawing to a close and new goals will be set and strived for, centered on the novel. I like setting small, manageable goals. I like more when I accomplish them.

How do you make sure that when you sit down and open your laptop, you edit your work? There always seem to be other things to do instead. I must have some special form of attention disorder that’s made just for the academic who tries to do research and creative writing. I suppose it just comes down to making it a priority and sticking to it.

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What I do instead of writing: homemade pesto (with toasted almonds and a handful of spinach too), leftover grilled chicken, summer squash in abundance from the farmer’s market, and quinoa/brown rice pasta.


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What I do instead of writing: Strawberry “shortcake” cupcakes. (Take out a little scoop from the vanilla cupcake and fill with diced strawberries. Cover with cream cheese vanilla buttercream frosting. Top with strawberries. Try not to drool.)

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