I did it! I met the deadline! Both articles are now done and dusted. Emailed them off around eight tonight and bought myself a celebratory ice-cream afterwards.
The to-do list I’ve been making everyday has really worked for me and I plan on using it more often. I didn’t stick to it as rigidly yesterday and today as I did on Saturday, but just having a list has helped rein me in somewhat, even if my timing has been out at times by a few hours. Without making and committing to the list, I think I’d probably still be stuck in front of the computer, dog-tired and pissed off with myself for leaving it to the last minute and risking another missed deadline.
I don’t think the list would have worked for me quite as well if I’d written it at any other time of the day. Because it’s the last thing I did before bed, I think that maybe it fed into my subconscious so that when I woke up in the morning, it had been programmed in.
It was really important for me to dive straight into writing the moment I switched my computer on. No checking emails, Adsense, MyBlogLog, etc. Just.Start.Writing. Distractions came, but instead of suppressing them, I let them out to play at controlled times, taking short breaks in-between writing, to check emails and browse the web. However, it was absolutely crucial that I started writing soon as I switched on the computer ‘cos I found that it helped flavour the rest of the day.
Writing each article in sections was useful too – kinda like eating 6 small meals a day instead of 3 main meals. Rather than focus on the whole article and think “oh frikkin shittyohlay, I gotta write all that?”, I focused on one section at a time.
The past couple of days haven’t been particularly easy, but they’ve been a lesson.
2010 starts in about 6 weeks. I ain’t waiting ’til then. Mine started 3 days ago.