Anticipating an abundance of free time, I had devoted Monday and Tuesday to creating an enacting a plan of discipline for the week. First, I'd spend 6:00-7:30 writing in my journal or my idea notebook. At 6:00-7:00, I'm staring at the website, waiting for a subbing job to pop up, so I can't use any other app on my ipad. But pencil and paper work fine. So after 7:30, when I know there's no job, I take a quick walk around the block to get my writing juices flowing. Then, I write from 7:30-2:30--or the exact amount of time I'd spend substituiting. I take another walk to end my session.
The beauty of it is that after 2:30, I do not have to write anymore. I can spend my free time getting caught up with my correspondence, watching T.V., doing chores, whatever I want. And I'm under no obligation to do any more writing. Free time is my "bribe" for pushing through my writing. And on Monday and Tuesday, it worked well. I got a hard ten pages written and had time to watch a couple movies. All went well.
Until I got a job.
Well, now what? I still work 7:30-2:30, but now I have no time to write. So, I have to go home and squeeze in a couple hours from 7:00-9:00 PM to do writing. But that's still not enough, so now I have to spend Saturday and possibly Sunday writing, just to keep my (self-imposed) deadlines.
No plan is perfect, I guess. We'll just have to see how it goes.