My self-imposed deadline has arrived, and now I have to stop pretending I'm on vacation. It's time to get into the business of being creatively productive.
Here are some ways I plan on making writing from home work for me:
1. Sneaky motivations.
Today, after writing an article on sheep ticks, I made "Write or Die" my homepage, so that every time I load up Firefox, I will hopefully be guilted into doing just five or ten minutes of creative writing instead of checking Facebook for the umpteenth time.
2. Short blocks of time.
I'm going to start setting the microwave timer for 34 minute segments of time; enough to write an article, a poem, or read a couple chapters of Don Quixote or Annie Dillard (inspiration, NOT procrastination!)
3. Get dressed.
I really don't work so well when I'm wearing comfy clothes, dirty glasses and my hair's tossed up in a ratty ponytail. There's something about looking professional that also helps me to act professional. So I'll be getting up in the morning and pretending like I'm actually going "out" to work: heels, makeup, jewelry. Sounds silly, but it's always worked for me.
If I meet my weekly goals, I get treats. Like a visit to Kurt's, the luxe pastry shop my tastebuds are very curious about. Or I can spend Fridays in a coffee shop, people watching, or even lounge on the beach one afternoon. Things like that...
What do you do to motivate yourself?