Weekly Patterns and Efficiency

The writing went well again this week, and like last week, it all got done in the latter half of the week.

I know some people are “binge” writers, who can go for weeks or months without writing, then fly in and write 30,000 words in a weekend.Β Those people amaze me. I work more of a steady pace, as my numbers and goals show. The current goal is set to encourage me to do 500 words/day, or skip a couple days and do 1000 on the weekend days, which is usually what happens.

file7631292337511Of course, I have more time on the weekends, not having to go to the day job. But I manage to write over 1,000 words on weeknights during NaNoWriMo, and did this Thursday and Friday, too. The only why I can figure for that is that I tend to bunch other tasks into the early part of the week, namely paperwork. My husband and I own three businesses (rental properties, and my writing), so I save up all that paperwork plus any personal bill-paying throughout the week and do it all on Monday night. Sometimes I don’t get through it all, especially now that I’m also collecting tax stuff for the accountant, so that spills over into Tuesday. It is just more efficient to collect it and deal with a bunch at once, rather than handle it each day as it comes in, which I used to do.

I’d like to get some writing done those days, too, even if it’s only a couple hundred words, but it never seems to work that way. But I don’t have much paperwork piled up this week (first week of the month is always the most), so maybe it will work this time.

ROW80Logo175So here’s a recap of last week’s goals:

  • 3500 words – Done!
  • Finish one web development project – Done!
  • Fitness 3-4x – uhhhh, maybe once.

Can’t hit ’em all, right? I did have a couple of tired days in there, and a couple of headachey ones, so the fitness just didn’t get in. But it’s a new week, right? We’ll stick with the same writing goal, since it’s working. I have another website project, and I’d like to finish that, so we’ll add it in there too. And try again on the fitness.

What about you–are you more productive toward the end or beginning of the week, or does it even out for you? Do you binge on projects, whether it’s writing or something else, or are you more of a steady-as-she-goes? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.


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  1. I tend to have less time on the weekend, because there is often family stuff going on. Tuesdays are also bad for writing, because it’s the day I have the granddaughters. Since I work from home, I don’t notice a big difference otherwise regarding times of the week.

    Congrats on your progress! Because of the way some days are different than others, I like to set weekly word count goals — sounds like you’re kind of the same way. πŸ™‚

  2. Good for you for getting to almost all of your goals, even with all the balls in the air. I’ve been consistently making a bit of progress each week. I need and want more, shocker, lol. It is a new week. Here’s to feeling great and great progress. πŸ™‚

  3. Im a steady-as-you-go type of writer; I just hate missing a day. However, besides the weekend (I just don’t do much writing then), Monday’s are my worst day. That’s my “errand” day, so I’m lucky to get as much writing in. I probably should write more on the weekend, but there’s usually too much activity for me to focus. I told my husband that when he retires, I’ll probably have to go off to the library to write!! I think he just won’t be allowed to retire! πŸ™‚

  4. It’s catch as catch can for me. When the day job evens out, my fiction writing picks up. But there are plenty of weeks where the day job requires more attention…and my fiction writing slows–or stops. I’m working on setting a schedule that locks in an hour of fiction writing each morning. We’ll see…

    Nicely done on knocking out 3,500 words–that rocks!

  5. I’m somewhat the reverse of you. I pile my week so I do more not writing stuff at the end of the week. Cleaning, paperwork, and special projects all get lumped there. Mondays and Wednesdays tend to be my most productive days (husband has off Tuesdays, so I don’t get much done then).

    I wish you luck finding the workout time. I’ve been using snow shoveling as my work out, otherwise I might not fit it in. Keep up the good work on the other goals!

  6. You manage your time so well! I wish I could write more during the weekends, but that’s hard with hubby and kids around. I try to get in two to three hours a day, but it depends on errands and other life gets in the way stuff!

  7. I lucked out for this semester. Wilmington’s Cincy campuses usually has students taking one full semester class and two accelerated. My first accelerated class involves listening to a lot of music and writing three essays.

    Unfortunately, my full semester class is advanced statistics. My head hurts. I have to write just to decompress.

  8. I prefer to write 500-1,000 words every day, Monday through Friday. I like taking weekends off to run errands, do housework, and spend time with family and friends. I can hit 500 words pretty easily every day, but I’m trying to work my way up to writing 1,000 words every day–and hopefully more than that eventually. If I binge-work, I tend to burn myself out. I’m a big believer in slow and steady.

    Have a great week, Jennette!

  9. Ruth, thanks! Weekly goals work best for me for that very reason.

    SJ, don’t we all – and thanks!

    Stacy, when your husband retires, make sure he finds a good hobby – I’m very thankful for my husband’s car restoration projects!

    Gloria, snow shoveling would be a good workout, but I can think of other things I’d rather do!

    Maria, 2-3 hours/day is great! One reason weekends work well for me is because my husband works then. πŸ™‚

    Jim, good luck with those classes! I liked intro stats, but that’s as far as I had to go there.

    Denise, your schedule sounds great! Maybe when I retire… πŸ™‚

  10. Not too shabby Jennette! Doesn’t it feel great to meet our goals? To get unstuck? You’re doing awesome. I’m sorry that you are still suffering from those rotten headaches. That will knock you off your feet a bit. And don’t remind me it’s tax time. Boo hoo! I personally try to work a little each day. It really depends on how I’m feeling. Some days the brain works and some days not. I just keep chipping away. Take care girl and have a great week! πŸ™‚

  11. My plans are for a steady as she goes approach, but it usually ends up more of a binge kind of thing. Once I start cleaning (rarely), I keep cleaning. Once I get back into reading, I want to read more and more. Once I have an idea for my writing, the words seem to flow. (It’s the plotting and the researching that I don’t do so well with.) And exercise…if I don’t go and pull a muscle, I like it. I need to get back to a morning routine of using one of my many exercise DVDs. All the best for a super productive week. TTFN

  12. Slow and steady will get you there. I think you’re amazing working at a full-time job and running three businesses, too. And getting more books published. I’d say your system works great. I’m sick so not getting much done at all. Glad I’m able to visit some blogs and leave a comment! Keep up the good work, Jennette!

  13. Coleen, some projects you just have to binge on and get done, or else they’ll drive you nuts. Good luck with the attic!

    Karen, chipping away will eventually get it done – that’s what I do with the taxes, ugh.

    Steph, there are some projects I have to save until I do everything else for a day, because once I start, I binge. My web development projects are usually like that! Not sure what that says… hmmmm….

    Hey Lynn, you’ve started blogging again at least! And they’ve been pretty funny, too. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  14. Here’s one tip I’ve found effective: Take a notebook and your iPhone and set your iPhone for an hourly alarm. Every hour, jot down in your notebook how you’re feeling (tired, excited, energetic, lazy, etc). Do this every day for a week and look at your patterns. You’ll be able to find out which time of day you’re most productive, most tired, etc, and plan your various daily activities around this “feelings map”. Highly effective.