How This Post Almost Didn’t Happen

So this is only day 2 of my daily blogging challenge, and I almost didn’t make it! Why? Good question.

I’ve watched myself all day doing everything but write this piece.

Oh, I did try to write something first thing in the morning. Yesterday was quick and inspired, written literally as I was eating breakfast. Today “first thing in the morning” was much later than it was yesterday. I didn’t get up out of bed right away, but instead had coffee delivered (thank you, Jack!) and read the paper in bed. By the time I got to breakfast, it wasn’t “first thing” anymore and the clarity I had at 7:30 a.m. yesterday just wasn’t there.

The other big difference is that yesterday, because I was pretty much on my way out the door when I wrote my post, I set a timer for 10 minutes. I use a timer for a certain kind of writing exercise, and I’ve become pretty much Pavlovian about the bell beginning and ending a session, so when it rang, I stopped writing.

I had a specific topic in my head before I sat down to write and then I just wrote for 10 minutes. Done.

Today, I had way too many choices. When I sat down to write, I didn’t have a clear focus in mind. I thought I did, but I didn’t. I forgot to set a timer, which I think would have focused me.

Oops, there goes the bell. Hitting “Publish.” Gotta go. See you tomorrow!