I find that music works to bring a calmness to my mind and body as I write; when I can’t seem to get into the swing of “it.” It has to be low so my mind is not moving into a critiquing/listening mode. Classical music often works.
The problem is resisting the finessing of my writing____like the words are too much somehow. Procrastination____and then once you focus on the fact you are putting it off; this acknowledgment does not seem to help____ moving out of the feeling is important to find my consistency. I find the music helps send a mixed message, that once I see I am moving forward, I can move out of that mode. Taking a hard look at what I have done helps.
As a visual for my accomplishments, I will underline the well-done/to my liking part of my work. It helps to see the progression. I will undo this when completed. Save searching where I am at as well.
I will also cut and paste into a “note file” anything I cut from the work. So I do not lose that train of thought. Make a quick reference of where it was, page? Sometimes it works in another area.
Often, I find my mind going to the undone things____household chores especially. So, I do one or two of the small chores as a break.
I have set my work hours to begin at 12 to 8:00 pm. Give my weekends and evenings off. This prevents burnout. But, if I choose to work, I am good too as long as it is not all the time. The morning is the time to write the blog and the kinds of chores that do themselves like the dishwasher or laundry. This gives a sense of doing things that need to be done.
Office hours are necessary too! As is the time for one’s budget, pen-pals, journaling, and research. The day has its rhythm.