I have learned that I do not like working 7 days a week. Even if one of those days is only for 30 min.
I learned that I will not get up and write for 30 min bright and bushy-tailed every morning (me, either, says #2). And that sometimes I need to do a bunch more non-writing work before it is obvious what I should be writing next. Instead writing comes at different times of the day depending on whether or not it is obvious what writing needs to be done. When there’s something pressing, morning writing is easiest. When I have no clue, often something else takes precedence. Trying to force myself to write in the morning when there’s something else work-related I would rather be doing results in me wasting an hour or three doing nothing but internet surfing. Doing something work-related is better than doing nothing just to avoid writing.
Also with the 7 day a week writing, I found myself doing things that it would have probably been more efficient for my RA to do. Like fixing citations.
I also learned that I probably can handle 6 days a week and forcing myself that 30 min can sometimes lead to an hour or three of happy productivity. And I already knew that I can almost always find 30 min every day for 5 days a week and that writing pushes me to keep up with it through reading and research. In fact, this past Sunday in March I just didn’t feel right until I did 30 min of writing starting around 6:30pm. So maybe I’ll try to hit 6 days a week of writing instead of 5.
The other half chimes in: I have learned that I probably shouldn’t commit to more reading challenges, especially ones with tight deadlines. It makes something I do purely for fun into something more like work, and that doesn’t feel as good as it could. However, I do really love the Monthly Challenges idea and its webpage, and I want to be able to show results there. So that’s motivating. I have also learned that inbox zero may not be possible when I’m getting 25 new emails in 14 hours, and almost all of them require me to do something or think something or write something or check something… gah.