Last night I went to a meeting, got pizza for the kids so the babysitter didn't have to cook, came home, made a couple phone calls, put the kids to bed. It was only Tuesday, but felt like a loooonnng week already. Staying up until midnight every night to update the website for the Authors Dojo launch and still getting up at the same time each morning while going non stop in between was taking its toll.
I decided to just rest my eyes for a minute or two. The phone rang. I slept through it. My 11:50pm alarm went off to get me up. I slept through that too (and all the snoozes). Finally at 4:30am I kind of woke up in a very groggy state, and went right back to sleep.
The result is that all the work that should have happened in my "after the kids are asleep" work time didn't. And your NaNoWriMo tips for the day didn't go out. And the page didn't get updated.
But I am guessing that maybe you might be dealing with this too, so let's not ignore it, let's talk about it! Are you at the word count you should be by now? Do you have other goals that have been missed and you are not sure how to get back on the boat? Having fallen down many, many times in my journey of life, here are my top three tips for getting back up again.
1) Face it. I could just ignore the fact that I didn't send an e-mail yesterday and continue with business as usual. Probably no one would notice. But I find dealing with slip ups head on is best for everyone, including me.
2) Get started again as soon as possible. So what if you only have 100 words written. Or 1,000. You can make it up 99% of the time. And at least that often it is not a life or death situation. My kids were fed, the world kept spinning, my house didn't fall down. Did I possibly miss some opportunity to connect with you, yes, but life is amazing in that opportunities to succeed just keep popping up for our whole lives. The longer you wait and the more energy you spend stressing about the past (which you can't change) the longer it will take to get back on your feet. So go get writing!
3) Make a plan to fix systems that are broken. Are you telling yourself you will write 2,000 words every day, but expecting that time to magically appear in your daily schedule? Not. Going. To. Happen. If I am going to cut my sleep to 5 hours at night, I must take a nap sometime in the day to make up for it. Yes, as a single mom with a business I like to think of myself as super woman, but the reality is that I work better with sleep.
Now, go get writing! And don't forget, Tweet me your word count to @AuthorSensei and I will give you a retweet. And definitely don't forget that a lifetime membership to the Authors Dojo goes up to $80 at midnight tonight (I am not going to sleep again!). Get in there while you can! :-)