Happy Fourth of July! What are you up to this weekend?
I have to write a ton. I'm looking forward to it.
But last night I sat down and made up a schedule for today. The reason is that I tend to get stuck working. I end up with no time for reading, no time to sit on the porch or to go to a movie or watch a TV show.
And when I do one of those things, I feel SO very guilty. Which is silly, because you need to read to be a writer! It's not like reading is slacking off!
So I scheduled in two hours to read. I'm really looking forward to it; it kind of feels like I scheduled in two hours at the toy store and I'm forcing myself to buy toys for two hours.
So I'm really looking forward to that.
When you work for yourself, the work is never done. Never, ever, ever. When I worked at a 9 to 5 job (for a whole 5 months, so I'm an expert), I always got everything done by about noon. (I was really fast. The person for me did half what I did and never got done.) Now if the internet had been available, if flash drives and stuff had been available, then it would have been the perfect job: I could have written from 12 - 5 and gotten paid for it!
Hmmm... maybe I should see if they're looking. I didn't think of that. :-)
My favorite part was going home every night with my desk clear and everything done.
I have not figured out how to replicate that feeling of "leaving work" and "finishing for the day" at home.
The problem is, when I'm NOT done, I feel guilty for kicking back and watching a TV show or reading a book.
So how do you do it? How do you shut off the writing work and feel like you're done? How do you finish for the day? How do you get that satisfied "finished" feeling when you're never, ever, finished, not for thirteen years???