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Decisions, Decisions…Writer Priorities

Decisions, decisions...writer priorities by Jill Kemerer

Last Friday I spent some time with my planner to figure out my writer priorities. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on–drafting the rest of the Love Inspired book due in November, working on promo items for my release in October, or drafting more of my nonfiction book for writers. Besides these three options, I was well aware summer is on its last legs here in NW Ohio. Sure, it will be warm through mid-September, but after Labor Day, my brain switches to fall mode.

After thinking it through, I decided to draft the rest of the Love Inspired book due in November. However, I also gave myself permission to focus ONLY on that. Each day when I meet my word count goals, I can either kick off and soak up some sun or work on promo items for a bit. I’m not ready to lock into my full-time fall/winter/spring schedule again just yet.

After deciding on the big stuff, my brain buzzed with a million and one tasks I needed to get done around the house and professionally. So I started a big, ol’ brain dump on my oversized notepad. Nothing was too small to write down!

When I say nothing, I mean nothing. Here’s a sample:

  • Put away bags
  • Make hummingbird food
  • Clean desk
  • Books?? (I always have author copies stacked in the corner, on shelves, teetering in odd places…)
  • Find place to store immersion blender (Yeah, I bought an immersion blender! I’m really excited about it. I love making creamy soups, and this will make them extra creamy…)

As you can see, the things on my mind are REALLY important. *rolls eyes* Anyway…

Part of figuring out my writer priorities is taking into account the season I’m in. I plan on enjoying the end of summer, even if I’m simply sitting on my deck reading a good book at 4pm instead of working on marketing!

What are your writer priorities right now?

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Is Anyone Productive in August?

Productive in August, Jill Kemerer

My motivation to work is pretty low at the moment. The weather isn’t even that great, so I can’t blame it on wanting to be out in the sunshine. Maybe it’s the fact our youngest headed off to college (he commuted last year) or the fact we had another expensive home essential replaced (hello, new furnace and A/C!). I don’t know. I’m just in a funky mood. Is anyone really productive in August?

Looking back at past years, though, I have to admit August is typically a low-motivation and low-productivity month for me. After years of school registrations, sports physicals, back-to-school shopping, etc… I’ve been groomed to feel like these weeks are the last hurrah of summer.

Now that my kids are older, though, it really isn’t true. The weather tends to stay warm through September here. I could technically do all the summery stuff for another month. Will I? Probably not.

As much as my work motivation wanes in August, it goes through the roof in September. I guess it’s the schoolkid in me that never grew up. September just feels like a new beginning. And I love it!

All that being said, I actually am productive in August, mainly because I have to be. I have a deadline to meet, and, frankly, I really like this book. So, I’ll fight the urge to take a nap. I’ll press on. Tackle those word count goals. And slowly get excited for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Are you productive in late August? If yes, what is your secret? If no, I hear you!

Have a terrific day!

Let’s Set Goals {August 2021}

Let's Set Goals August 2021. Writer productivity Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How did I do? Jill’s July Goals

  • Writing
  • Revise and polish Wyoming Ranchers book 3 CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week CHECK!
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food CHECK!
  • Track calories on weekdays NO CHECK.
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day CHECK!
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday CHECK!

I know these are light goals, but I have to tell you I still struggled to get them completed! What can I say? We’ve been busy!

About a week into the month, I stopped tracking calories altogether. Once again I found it restrictive and annoying. Does tracking calories work? For me, yes. But was it worth being irritated daily? Not this July.

Since we’ve embraced MANY rewarding opportunities to see friends and family this summer, I’m treating myself as kindly as possible, and that means no calorie tracking until/if I can commit to it without feeling annoyed.

Jill’s August Goals

  • Writing
  • Revise and polish the sample chapters and synopsis of Wyoming Ranchers book 4
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday
  • Enjoy summer as much as possible before fall arrives!

A small part of me longs for September. It’s the month I’m most energized about my work. It always feels like a fresh beginning, and I set big goals for the final quarter of the year. Right now I’m still in summer mode (as I should be!), where everything feels a bit loosey-goosey. I guess it wouldn’t be August if I didn’t feel that way!

What were your July goals? How did you do? What would you like to accomplish (if anything) in August?

Thanks so much for joining me each month! Seeing your progress motivates me!

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