I give myself a lot of excuses when I start a new project. I hate a blank page. So when I sit down and start looking at one, the first page of a new project, I suddenly come up with a half a million things I need to do first.
I’ve learned that in order for me to dominate that blank page, I have to remove the excuses. I’m really good at excuses.
So when fast drafted the book last week, the first thing I did was go take care of all the things I needed to take care of. My car inspection. My hair. Grocery shopping. I did it all, so that when I sat down to write, I didn’t have any reason to get back up again.
I started reading the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a while back, who talks a lot about routine. I think this is where I falter a lot, because I don’t establish a routine. I don’t give myself a set bedtime. I don’t eat at the same times everyday. About the only thing that is constant is that I’m floating through each day.
Creatives tend to abuse themselves and their bodies. Which was why I started reading the book in the first place. I wanted to take care of myself, because I realized that when I didn’t, that blank page completely and totally intimidated me.
We shall see how it goes after I finish reading this book. For now, I’m going to go drink caffeinated courage and write some words.