Some of you know I'm a high school teacher. Today is the last day of school. Yippee!!! I always set goals for the summer about my writing. Big plans. Last year was the first time I came close to meeting those goals. But I still dream big.
Things do distract me during the summer. All those cleaning projects, a big yard to take care of, a swimming pool to enjoy and that tempting stack of books to read, combine to steal hours from my writing time. Well, it's not really stealing since I allow myself to spend those hours so pleasantly.
Despite all those distractions, I wonder why I accomplish more during my limited hours when school is in session than over the summer months when I don't have to do the day job thing. Why? Is it because I believe I have tons of time so I put things off? Does this prove I would struggle to be a full time writer because I can't manage my time? If true, there's goes my retirement plans.
Well, I have some big plans for this summer and I'm digging in as soon as I get the tanbark spread, sand the deck and .... No this year I'm putting writing closer to the top of the list. I have one huge project going and two medium ones and a couple of smaller ones. I'll reveal them as I delve into them.
I was always the child who wrote their term paper the night before it was due. I know I do good work under pressure. What about you? Do you work better when you have nearly unlimited time or are you a 'work under pressure' type? Do you need a deadline to keep you on task?