Y'know, I'm not the most organized person in the world. That honor goes to a girl I know who color-codes itineraries for weekend trips to New York City.
Lately, though, I've been setting what I think are manageable goals for myself. Through the magic of Google Calendar, I've created tasks like "Write for 1 hour" several days a week, and it feels rather good to check those off. A lot of times I'll sit down to write and find myself distracted by Facebook or YouTube or god knows what else.
But setting easy goals seems to help more than I anticipated. For example, tonight I set the simple goal of "Write for 1 hour," but that was at 8:30 and now it's 10:40 and I just stopped. Obviously, that's not going to happen every night. I'm usually at work right now, but if I can rejigger myself to do that in the afternoon before I go into the office, it should work out nicely.
Writing is like going to the gym. Get yourself into a routine, and it becomes easy. Break that routine, though, and heaven help you.
"Fast Five" by Brian Tyler