Nose to the Grindstone

Photo by Stuart Miles

My week off is over and it is back to the trenches, off to the workforce, nose to the grindstone. OUCH! I didn’t do much on my “vacation”…spent time with family, read, watched Netflix, did a little editing. I didn’t even clean the house like I should have.

There’s something about getting back to a routine that I like. I get up at 5am and get to work by 7:30am. I get home at 5:15pm and I cook supper. I clean the kitchen. I get on my laptop and/or watch TV. I go to bed. I know what I’m supposed to do and I do it. It is a forced discipline – of which I sadly lack on my own.

It’s weird how you make yourself do something when you know you HAVE to do it. I get up early because I HAVE to go to work. I cook dinner because we HAVE to eat. I do laundry because we HAVE to have clean clothes.

Here’s the thing…I’m not one of those writers who HAS to write or they die. It’s a fun thing for me, so if I don’t feel like it, I don’t. But that won’t get a book written. There has to be some kind of discipline going on to get a book written.

So what’s a girl to do? Make a plan, of course. With consequences. Mwahahahhaa. I must write 1000 words a day or I do not get a diet Dr. Pepper the next day. Sigh…I know what you are thinking…that’s harsh! I love my diet Dr. Peppers.

So tell me, what’s your plan of action to get things accomplished? 


Winner of Keli Gwyn’s debut book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is….Patty! Congratulations! Be looking for an email from me! 

5 responses to “Nose to the Grindstone”

  1. It helps to have a routine. I also pick one or two things from a mile long to do list. At least, I'll feel I accomplished something. Deadlines really help because they keep me honest.


  2. I need a routine too or nothing gets done. I have a little list going and I love checking things off of it. 🙂


  3. Each Sunday, I make a to-do list for my coming week and decide when I'm going to do what. It's the only way to get stuff done. :)Good luck with your plan! 🙂


  4. I haven't figured this one out, yet… I need more discipline.


  5. Sounds like you had a relaxing vacation. Those can be the very best kind.

    Congratulations to Patty! I look forward to sending her a package. 🙂


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