I recently began using a heart rate monitor during exercise. What an eye opener! I highly recommend that you invest in one–not a wrist device but the real deal with a watch and strap that you wear around your chest. Not only will you feel like someone is squeezing your rib cage as you agonize through a workout (you’ll get use to it, I promise), you’ll quickly discover the truth of your efforts.
I had no idea how many calories I burn with certain workouts, and how few with others. Needless to say, I finally found the balance between calories in and calories out, and lost about 15 pounds. But it took a meticulous monitoring of the calories I consumed compared with what I was able to burn off to do it.
What does this have to do with writing? Many of us struggle with finding the time to write. When writing isn’t your source of income it’s tough to justify putting aside the time it takes to accomplish your writing goals. It becomes vital that you make the most of your writing time to produce tangible results. I found something that works for me.
We’ve all read the tip about using a timer when you sit down to write. I used that method to power through my second and third novels. Why does it help? For me, it’s the same reason the heart rate monitor works. A small action (setting the timer or putting on the HRM) that helps you get results you can see–words on the page and pounds lost. (Of course, you still have to do the hard part…the actual writing and/or exercises).
So, go purchase a timer (and a HRM) and discover results you can celebrate.