Thank you, Seth Godin, for calling me on this:
The strategy is simple, I think. The strategy is to have a practice, and what it means to have a practice is to regularly and reliably do the work in a habitual way….
The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby. – Seth Godin, quoted in Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
This week I’m beginning a new practice in two ways: one) no facebook or news for at least one week; two) blocking out time in my work day to write, and only write…to “do the work in a habitual way.”
The clock conspired against me as a rare bout of insomnia had me up and writing in the dead of night. I eventually fell asleep around 5 a.m. When I woke, I expected to be so dazed that I wouldn’t hold to my practice. But I did. I fudged a little by counting my middle-of-the-night musings as part of my writing time, but on the whole I’m happy to say I found the energy and inspiration to do the work. Even when I didn’t feel like it. I’d read these words from Seth Godin just yesterday. Timely, yes!?