Today is Work Like a Dog Day according to Days of the Year (www.daysoftheyear.com). Per the description, you can "give colleagues and the boss an occasion to remember when you turn up early and dig into that work pile with enthusiasm and drive." But what if you, like me, work from home? How do you stay motivated? What keeps your nose to the grind, or do you get distracted by the draw of the television or the nice, comfortable bed you know awaits you?
As for me, my motivation is mostly fueled by caffeine, an overdose of ambition, and the drive to do more with the talent God has given me. I once told a friend that I juggle because I can't imagine not juggling.
So what fuels you?
I write every day. No matter what. I started this goal three years ago, and I've stuck to it, through good times and bad. It's required a lot of determination...like this past Sunday night when I was admitted to the hospital.
The admission happened so fast. I didn't have my laptop with me, and my phone wasn't charged enough for me to use my notepad. I had to save the battery for phone calls. So as I waited for a room, I began to look through my purse for scrap pieces of paper. I found two, but I knew that wouldn't be enough.
We have some pretty terrific hospitals in Charleston staffed with fabulous nurses. So when I was finally ensconced in my room for the night, I took a chance and asked the nurse if she had a legal pad I could use. This was closing in on one in the morning. I figured she thought I was going to write out a will or something so I quickly told her I was a writer and that I had to write each night. She didn't have a pad, but she offered some computer paper. Voila! All I needed.
I managed two full handwritten pages in between tests and attempting to sleep which is kind of like trying to take a nap in the middle of mortar fire. I'm not sure what I wrote is any good because I haven't had the courage to read it yet, but it doesn't matter. I put words on paper. Goal achieved. Insert virtual pat on the back here.
My thoughts, experiences, challenges, and goals. Right here. At least once a week or so. Oh, and opinions, too. Those will definitely come in. Join me!