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How to be accountable

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If you're anything like me, you struggle to keep up a good word count of writing every day.

Each weekend I promise myself that this next week will be different. I'll get more writing done than ever before and not get distracted or let other things get in the way.

Each week I fill my diary with what I need to be working on every day and no matter how much I promise myself that I'll get it done, I always end up short of what I hoped to get done.

Even if I'm writing for someone else, I'll make that a priority because I have a set deadline, but my own writing I'll put off and then get annoyed with myself for not doing enough.

Don't get me wrong. I do write every day (sometimes at the weekend too, truth be known). I have to keep writing to keep making money. If I don't write I don't earn anything.

And because I earn all my income from my writing I HAVE to write.

Yet I still let myself down.

So recently I've been trying a little experiment.

Instead of just writing down what I have to write every day, I also keep a tallly of what I've actually written every day, including a word count and how much time I've actually been writing.

And it's working well, because it's quite an eye-opener to see how I write less than I want to every day and some days I dont' actually sit down and write for as long as I wanted to either.

So now I've started keeping a tally of everything I do that fills my working days too.

The good news is that I can now see my mistakes and where I'm going wrong. I can see how much time I devote to different things each week and where I'm paying too much attention to things that don't matter.

For instance, sometimes walking the dog every day will take an hour longer than anticipated because either the dog walks too slow (which is annoying because he is a greyhound), or he stops to sniff too much along the way, or I run into too many others walking their dogs and I stop to chat for a few minutes with each person (which really adds up in time wasted).

Also the internet is a time waster. I do tend to get too distracted with interesting links to click on and before I know it I'm completely off course from what I was doing.

Thankfully all these problems are fixable.

So now that I'm keeping myself more accountable for my time, I can prioritise better and ramp up my writing output.

How about you?

How do you organise your writing time?

And is it working for you?

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