Now that the boys are back in school, I’m trying very hard to get back into a daily work routine that leads to finished books. Publishers are rather fond of finished books. And thanks to a comment Mardi Ballou made to me on Twitter a while back, I’ve gone back to the basics when it comes to productivity. Very basic. Like kindergarten basic.
When I meet my minimum word count for the day, I get a shiny star.
I’ve kept an Excel spreadsheet for eons that tracks my daily word count, including how many words I have to write per day to finish a book on a certain date. All very grown up and professional, those Excel spreadsheets. So why am I regressing to elementary school?
In part because my family can see if I’ve made my word count every day. See yesterday’s sticker? So did they. So it’s a little more accountability and a little more nagging. Also a little more cheering, which we can always use.
But mostly because, hey, shiny stickers!
I LOVE the shiny star idea!
I’m trying to get back to a feasible schedule now that 2/3 kids are off to school each day… it’s not always easy but somehow we get through and maybe if I earned a shiny star I’d be more focused too
I LOVE this idea! I am very visual and the idea of having something visual up where I can see it — and where HUBBY can see it and nag or praise as the case warrants makes a lot of sense to me. I shall create a writing calendar for the fridge this afternoon. Great idea!
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Hey, what a great idea! My little one just started Kindergarten so I’ve finally got all kinds of time to hit the keyboard. A gold star if I hit my word count will prove to my whole family that I don’t just sit home eating bonbons and watching daytime TV now that both the kids are in school.
Thanks for the idea
(Oh, and best of luck getting a star every day. Though I’m sure you don’t need luck!)
When potty training my boys we used those long strings of lollipops. It sounds bad now, in hindsight, but it worked!! Now maybe Maybe I could come up with something really good so my husband can give me when I AM good or do something good!! I can remember getting stars in school for spelling & attendance and in Sunday School ( I think for memory verses)
I’m a total sucker for sticker type rewards. I read ebooks on my iPad. I tried out the Kobo ereader app, which has some big positives and negatives. One of the things I liked best was the silly rewards/badges/sticker things they give out. Read at midnight for 3 nights in a row and get the “Good in Bed” badge. You’d think I’d be over earning pointless rewards, but no. It still works for me!
Ironically, I didn’t get a shiny star sticker yesterday. And that makes me sad!