Monday, 21 September 2015

Productivity and a Change of Scenery


I haven't felt this productive in such a long time and it feels good. I was stuck in a cycle of wanting to be productive but putting things off as other things got in the way.

When I finished my MA (in December 2013), I intended on starting a blog, writing a novel, getting more poetry and short stories published...just basically writing. Writing until my little heart was content, but I didn't do any of it. Every night I'd go to bed and beat myself up about not picking up a pen. I mean it's not like my life is busy. Living at home was chaotic, my two year old nephew was always around and instead of taking some time for myself to get creative, I'd play with him. I don't regret it at all, my nephew is my tiny bestie but I wish I'd have got my laptop out after he'd gone to sleep and bashed out some words.



It wasn't writers block that I was experiencing, it was priorities. If I could spend all day playing Lego with my nephew, I would and I did. I just didn't manage my time when the baby went home/to sleep well.

A few months ago, my boyfriend and I moved from up north to Northants and I was finally reintroduced to Word and Blogger. I can't even begin to tell you how good it feels to be writing again. I love it. I've always written; my mum has some awful little poems I wrote stashed away in her memory box of ghosts that liked toast. I was an odd child. I have multiple poems I've written over the years that helped me vent my frustration at my illness, my situation, the world. I'm better at writing than speaking. I can talk, I talk a lot, but when it comes to emotional stuff, I'm much better with a pen in my hand.

I digress; we moved three hours away and the change of scenery has definitely improved my productivity. I don't even procrastinate half as much. I'm loving writing my blog, I'm loving the blogging community and all the opportunities it has already given me, and most of all, I'm loving that I'm producing something.


How do you stay focussed?


8 comments:

  1. That's great that you have got back into writing. I always think these things have to do with timing as well-- like if you had forced yourself to write before, you probably wouldn't have produced your best work. Now you are in a better place (figuratively, though I guess kind of literally too!) I bet you are
    more than happy with what you are producing :)

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    1. Exactly, forcing it always results in shoddy work and I just end up deleting everything. Thanks, Donna :) x

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  2. Love your post, Sarah, I've always found so much easier talking about my feelings writing them rather than talking directly to someone. My blog is my place, where I can be myself and can talk about what I truly love, without having to worry if I annoy someone! :) xx

    www.thecovetbeauty.com

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    1. That's great, Caterina - and your blog is fab. If I could write all my conversations it'd be much easier lol x

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  3. Fab post hun, and I agree it does feel nice when you get yourself in a productive mind frame :) I always find the best way to stay focused for me when it comes to blogging is to be on my own with either music playing or in the conservatory and inspiration just seems to hit :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks lovely. I can never focus of music is playing, I end up singing along and getting distracted. I'm one of those weird people that needs quietness lol x

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  4. I love the feeling of being productive! Its amazing when you're on a roll and getting lots of stuff done! Awesome post :)
    http://amanda-speroni.blogspot.ca

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