When the Rubber Meets the Treadmill

This past week I’ve been working hard on maintaining a writing goal of five pages per day. I don’t usually set these kinds of goals, because if I don’t reach them, I get discouraged. Usually, my goals are to write every day…period.

Since I’ve begun treadmill writing, reaching the five page per day goal has come easier. I put on my Creative Mind cd, fire up the computer and set the treadmill for two mph. The method behind my new way of writing comes from this:

  • Walking on a treadmill is boring and the seconds click by very slow. Even if I watch television, reaching my walking goal of at least 30 minutes a day is HARD.
  • Sitting in front of the computer and writing makes progress very slow. Distractions set in. Checking emails. Cats craving attention. Husband craving attention.

When I’m ready to do my writing session for the day now, I tell hubby I’ll be on the treadmill and he doesn’t bother me–wonder of wonders! Doesn’t make sense, but, hey, it works! Same with the cats. They lay on the treadmill deck when it’s not running, but once that motor starts, they’re gone. Wilbur jumped on it one day when it was running. Funniest thing I’ve ever seen. His short legs were running but he kept losing ground until he wiped off the back. I suppose my burst of laughter didn’t help his bruised ego.

Also, while I’m walking and writing, I never once get the urge to check emails. My mind stays in the story I’m writing and the words flow. I’ll never be a FAST writer. About three pages an hour is my average. I’ve come to terms with that. But I know what page I need to be on to complete my five pages and I get there. Not once do I look at the clock to see how long I’ve been at it. Actually, the time flies by quickly. Usually I spend an hour and a half on the treadmill to reach my goal. Occasionally I run a little past five pages to end in a good spot, and sometimes I’m a paragraph short of the full five pages. And, I’m meeting my 10,000 steps a day goal with no added effort.

Best of all, my days feel productive. I have time to get my household and outdoor chores completed, spend quality time with hubby and cats, keep in touch with the outside world through email, and have time to relax and enjoy life.

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