“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”
~ Mike Murdock ~
What happens when you don’t have a daily routine?
What happens if you do have one, but you give up on it or end up taking a job to pay the bills that leaves you with no time for a daily routine?
It all depends on whether you really want to succeed at freelancing as far as I can tell.
Lately, I’ve let ‘the fear’ take over. It’s stopped me in my tracks, AGAIN, and no words have been flowing from my fingers onto the page.
I know what the trouble is; I don’t have a daily routine. I can’t get up at 5am to write until it’s time to get ready for work. There’s this little thing called sleep that I love too much to give up.
Then there’s another little challenge I’ve set myself lately called the 60-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge. There’s not much time to write when you’re busy sweating, eating and sleeping your way around yoga and working (non-writing) hours.
So, I’ve been feeling like a hopeless failure, wondering where on earth I’m headed with my non-existent career.
Thankfully, I recently ordered a book called Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money by Kelly James-Enger. It arrived in the mail just last week and I decided this book would be my new daily writing routine.
Instead of pedaling nowhere with my dwindling query challenge, I’ve been reading about how to better get started with paid writing work.
I only read during the 20 minute lunch break I get at work, but that is enough to inspire me to get myself back in writing action again, whether I’m reading more at night or simply writing a new blog post.
In addition, the advice in James-Enger’s book is invaluable to me at this stage in my writing career and I have already discovered several reasons why I’ve been getting nowhere fast with my writing recently.
I also discovered a new resource that will enable me to keep working towards being the best freelancer I can be. It’s called:
Why I didn’t think of it earlier, I have no idea, especially considering I go there every week, but I managed to find almost all the books James-Enger used as research for her book or suggested for extra reading. I’m already becoming a more productive writer from the few resources I have borrowed from the library so far.
I also discovered that through my library membership I can get a free subscription to Zinio Digital Magazines. Now all my worrying about how I can read all the magazines I need to read before I query is over. If I can’t buy a copy, I’ll read it through Zinio.
In the end everything points me back to the same issue I keep facing and yet find so hard to stick to:
Baby steps, day by day, never stopping, never giving up. Eventually they will have to lead me somewhere!
Is there any trusted and true place or person you turn to when you lose sight of your goal or your confidence? I’d love to hear your experience!