On the advice of TI, I started doing morning pages yesterday. To briefly explain, it's 3 handwritten journal pages about whatever. Yesterday's writing started slowly, with a lot of "I don't know what to write about"s. But eventually I was flowing, and I finished 3 pages without realizing it. And I came up with an essay idea!
For the rest of the day yesterday, I was thinking about what I'd write in today's morning pages. I woke up earlier than usual and was so excited to get to my journal. And this is someone who hates writing longhand. I'm sloppy, and I can't write as fast as my thoughts come. But I didn't mind it, and it was kind of nice to get away from my computer for a change. Today, I wrote 4 pages because I didn't want to stop!
Next week, I'm going to try a new schedule at work: I'll come in at 9:30 and leave at 5:30/6. That way I can have time to do morning pages, do a writing exercise, and walk Chloe. I hope it works!