In next chapter, Eviatar (he could be a Tolkein Elf) discusses scheduling. This is one of those topics that always seemed self-evident to me even as i struggle to do it. Kind of like pedagogy. But with age comes humility and I have been more willing to work on the self-evident instead of assuming it is self-materializes due to its obviousness.
The schedule is a reflection of priorities overall, and Eviatar states that your writing priority has to “fit” with your other priorities. He acknowledges there are external constraints. But on p 17 he writes: “Nevertheless, we usually have much more control over our time than we are willing to admit to ourselves, and if you are seriously committed to giver your writing a high priority on your schedule you can normally manage to somehow find the time to write even under extremely difficult conditions…”
In general I agree with him. However, more than creating a schedule, the challenge for me is managing the priorities. This is a bit like the other topic on “how to say no.” Is working with my daughter’s need for more exercise an external constraint or a priority? Is choosing to have equitable gender roles with my working spouse a constraint or a priority? Is feeling compelled to teach in a very labor intensive way a constraint or a priority?
Ultimately, those goals or aspirations which compete for high priority with writing are facets of my identity. So, asking me to prioritize is also asking me to rearrange my internalized identity.