It took almost all weekend, but I finally finished the revisions of Chapter 5 of my book-in-progress. I’ve been working on these revisions in the midst of teaching and committee work, so I could only take baby steps. Every day, I worked to find 30 minutes or whatever I could, literally whenever I could. It’s amazing how far baby steps can take you!
We often hear people talk about “needing” large, uninterrupted blocks of time to make progress on a project. But, as Kerry Ann Rockquemore and her NCFDD team make clear, that’s a myth. Besides, the profession simply isn’t structured so that I can count on having uninterrupted blocks of time. So, I’d rather make decisions with that reality in mind.
Throughout my revision process, I’ve been declaring #running helps #writing! It took me 7 weeks to revise chapter 5 in the midst of all my other obligations, and I’m convinced that running regularly helped that process. Well, many friends have recently shared the latest study to prove that my hunch was right: “Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?” I hope you’ll read it and be inspired to continue your running or walking regimen…or begin one. (Remember, I’ve got tips on beginning here.)
Unfortunately, it’s getting to the point that I run only 2 times per week. So, as teaching and committee obligations have put pressure on my writing goals, I have been borrowing time and energy from my running bank. I don’t want to keep doing that, but I’m also trying to remember the value of baby steps. The fact that I’ve created accountability for those 2 days per week means that I’m getting in 2 days rather than none. That counts! I’ll keep taking those baby steps, knowing that they add up. Capital City Half Marathon, I’m still coming for you!