My goal was to write 37,500 words by December 31st on my book. My goal to complete it 90,000 words is by 5/16/21 my 3 year TBI date.
So I broke it into an attainable goal, 500 words per day in order to reach by Dec 31st goal and created a system to do it. Well it’s Nov 22nd and I have already surpassed that goal. I met that goal already by establishing a system to do it daily. It became a non negotiable on my calendar to write every day.
I will keep writing. I will keep doing my 500 words per day which I have been doing daily. I will write, just write. And once I meet my 90k word goal then I will edit it and read it back in voice notes to help me edit it and listen to how it comes across. I will form a different habit that works toward my goal by using a system to do it. I’m still learning about the systems part of forming habits and goals. It’s a new thing I am learning. I have the goals and habits down but didn’t realize it’s all part of a larger system I have and didn’t realize I had it.
Writing a book I am sure is hard, writing a book with a brain injury, it’s really hard. I am sure I will find repeats of stories in it when I edit it.
I will reach out to an editor and publisher next month to book a consult. Until then, I will just keep writing.
To meet my goals and in life in general I am pretty organized and have established a lot of good habits and systems that work for me. I have a morning routine daily I do no matter what, it includes gratitude, goal setting and meditation. Every Sunday I do a Sunday Sync where I make sure my week ahead matches in my hard planner and phone calendar. I take out things when my week looks too busy. I allow myself one thing a day wether that’s a doctor appointment, school meeting for my son, or a grocery store trip. I have to in order to pace myself and do what’s best for me and my brain.
Life with a brain injury is hard, I will have things planned and some days just can’t do it so I reschedule. But my morning routine is a non negotiable. Wednesdays are my blog days where I spend an hour or more working on blogs. Daily I have appointments in my calendar to eat, read, my morning routine and move my body. I require a reminder. That’s the system that works for me.
This is what works for me. And it works, I check off in my google calendar after I complete things too so I know I did it. This is my life with a brain injury. You gotta do what works for you and this is mine.
I just started this book and it’s great so far, I’m glad I have learned a lot of what I read just in the first chapters so far about habits and how important they are and how they add up. Definitely check it out if you need some motivation for habits.