It’s ironic that while I’m working on an article on setting a schedule for posting to your blog that I should utterly fail at doing so.
At this point, I don’t know for sure why I stopped for so long but I do recognize some patterns in my behavior that leads me to think that there may be something in how my brain was rewired by the stroke that makes it difficult to (re-)start something that I stopped working on. I’ve seen this happen in the middle of tasks that I’m working on, like washing the laundry, and during my day as well as things that I’m working on over days or weeks.
It makes it really difficult for me to be successful because one of the necessary skills is being able to handle the unexpected and compensate or adapt. It’s also difficult for me to maintain relationships where I don’t have a regular schedule or external trigger that reminds me to reconnect with the other person. Before I know it, it’s days, weeks or months later and nothing’s happened in all that time.
There are strategies that I can employ to help me deal with my wiring… For the blog, I will make the schedule a requirement for me. I will work on articles with their publication date in mind and if I can’t get an article done in time to make a publication date, I’ll juggle articles and find one that can be published then. And if I miss a schedule date completely, I will sit down the next day and post an acknowledgement that I missed a schedule date and when the next article will be posted. (Today, I expect my next article to be posted on Friday, in two days. And I expect to continue posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from then on.)
Once again, my apologies.