Day 52 – Cut yourself some slack

Day fifty-two of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 300

Yes, that is correct. I only wrote 300 words today. For several reasons, I have decided I really need to get to bed at a decent hour tonight and I am therefore cutting it off early. I can pick it up again tomorrow with hopefully more spring in my step and more creativity at my fingertips.

It is hard to let things go sometimes. I have ideals about how much I would like to write each day, but sometimes, they aren’t realistic. Rather than feel like a failure for not reaching my short-term goals, I choose to cut myself some slack. We all need to do that. It is so much easier to punish ourselves instead, but where does that get us? Nowhere. And quite frankly, that just doesn’t work for me. I’m on a mission to make progress every day. This train isn’t stopping. Anything that tries to get in the way of my progress has no place here.

Self-loathing, discouragement, cynicism and all the other progress-halting factors, self-imposed or otherwise, can go find some other place to loiter. I have found that these things dissipate the moment I cut myself some much needed slack, and the train chugs on. Because any amount of writing, even just 300 words, is progress.

4 thoughts on “Day 52 – Cut yourself some slack

  1. For me, I’ve tried hard scheduling with a set time to start and stop, I’ve tried huge writing goals (2,000+ words, sometimes), and a few other things.

    But when all is said and done, for me a low word count daily goal works best. So, I usually think, “I just need to write 250 words.” And that never seems too daunting, so I usually follow through with it, and almost always, you’ll write way more than that. It’s just the sitting down and focusing part that we both need to force ourselves to do.


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