I’m working on a book project, and not progressing at the speed that I would like. So, I arranged to take off several Fridays from work so that I could have a day of the week, uninterrupted, for writing.
I’m certain this is a good idea, I’ve made more progress in the past three weeks than in the months leading up to it combined. Yet each week I make a little less progress.
And today I figured it out. I was mostly caught up an mpow when this started, so taking a Friday off didn’t impact my work too much. But each week I’m a little further behind, and I have more that I need to do while at work. All my meetings have to be scheduled Monday through Thursday, so there’s even less time to get work on the days I am there. And the work that gets left over at the end of the day adds up. (Nevermind that it is one of the busiest times of the year.)
So today, on one of my “writing” days, I spent most of the time responding to email and simple todos that weren’t getting done in the office. This day of vacation was spent on work that I would have done if I were at work. And I didn’t even finish that.
So now I’m trying to figure out how to stay on top of 5 days of work in a 4 day week for the next two weeks–or at least how to get some serious writing done and fast. Perhaps I should draw on the lessons leaned from nanowrimo.