Monday, March 16, 2009

Wake Up, It's Monday!

Ugh. It’s Monday.

I suspect that this morning, millions of snooze buttons are being pummeled, a bazillion groans are being emitted and oodles of covers are being pulled over heads. Anything to prolong the agony of facing a brand new work week.

But not me. I love Mondays. It’s true! And it’s not only because it’s my day off and the kids are back to school and I have the house to myself for the day (what writer doesn’t relish that silence?).

I love Mondays because I have the whole week ahead of me in which I will make huge progress on my novel. I will write my little heart out….10,000 words, minimum, by Friday. I will develop blisters on my fingertips from all the writing I will do.

I am novelist. Hear me type!

Unfortunately, my intentions will probably fall a little short. And I will blame it on the laundry, message board forums, and my addiction to television.

And then on Friday, when serotonin levels all over the nation are skyrocketing, I will likely be sulking when I look at my weekly word count and realize I have only typed 1,000 words—nowhere near the 10,000 I projected. And I will berate myself for failing. Again.

As cool as it would be for God to pinky-pin me to my computer chair and force me to write my book, He normally doesn’t work that way. I will need to decide to stick my buns in that chair and write. Not just intend on doing it. But do it.

I know. Bummer, right?

Proverbs 12:11 says, “Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.” (NLT)


I suppose I could reread this verse to say, “Actually sitting down to write will get my book(s) finished (and hopefully published!). But wasting time with unimportant distractions that take me away from writing…well, um, I guess that would make me a— gulp—fool. Not to mention, keep me an unpublished novelist.”

Double yikes.

We've all heard the saying, “God won’t do anything for you that you can’t do yourself.” I suppose it wouldn’t do much good, then, to request prayer for pages in my novel to get supernaturally written this week (but I bet those pages would score well in the Genesis contest!). But it might help to ask God to give me a little extra discipline and focus and a little less propensity for distraction and procrastination.

And if CSI is a repeat this week, that will help too.

So what about you? Do you need an extra dose of discipline? Are you like me and want to actually reach a goal this week instead of just setting one and falling short? It IS possible, you know.

Would you care to join me in praying for a little more focus this week?

Heavenly Father, forgive me for idling away my time. Help me to focus my thoughts and actions in the right direction today. As I begin a new week, show me how to manage my days so I can finish the things you want me to do and toss aside the unimportant things that get in the way of achieving my goals. May everything I do honor and glorify You and bring me closer to fulfilling the possibilities and purpose You have for my life. Amen.

So, come on. Throw those covers back. Replace that groan with a shout of praise. It’s Monday -- there’s a possibility with your name on it! Maybe even 10,000 words by Friday!


sherrinda said...

I sooo relate to the procrastination! I have such good intentions and then get caught up in the daily chores, the endless amount of fabulous blogs I subscribe to, and of course all the new shows on (AI, DWTS, Smallville, and that new show Castle....great romantic tension!)

I am on spring break this week and I am so close to the end of my first WIP that you would think I could get it done. But no, I have to have a garage sale. Nightmarish ordeal, to be sure! We are downsizing and have to sell lots of our stuff to fit into a smaller home. Bleh!

But, I have good intentions. Maybe I will write in the mornings this week and not try to sleep in every day. ;) We shall see how that flies!

Joanne Sher said...

I also LOVE Monday - wonderful reminder for us, Lyn. :)Plugging away! Great prayer.

Cindy said...

Thanks for suggesting the wonderful prayer. You're so right about us needing to focus on our goals and ask for guidance on how to accomplish those goals and do it in a way that glorifies the Lord. Thanks again!

Dara said...

You know I relate to this :) I am procrastinator extraordinaire--hence the reason I've been working on a first draft for over a year :P

If I could get 10K typed by the end of the week, I'd probably be within a few thousand of ending it. Maybe I'll be able to get 5K this week...hubby's going on a business trip and perhaps I can close myself away for an afternoon when I come back from work.

And thanks fot the prayer--I feel I need to utter that every day!

LauraLee Shaw said...

Amen! With you, dear Sister!!!!

Jenness said...

Hey, you. You can do it! I expect 10k by the end of the week. :-) Have a great one!