We're always being told you have to be disciplined as a writer. "If you want to get anywhere, write every day..." or whatever the disciplinary committee decides is the important rule.
Tell you the truth, I hate that word. It's loaded with implications of penalties and wagging fingers and writing it out on the blackboard 100 times, and all that ghastly stuff you go through as a kid. To hell with discipline!
So why am I writing a blog on discipline by request? Because we need to get this sorted out. Because as writers we are keen to believe there are ways to circumvent time and effort and do it easily. Well, there are. And the number one way is to stop punishing yourself for not being disciplined enough.
You're writing because you want to. It's your choice. It's also your choice how quickly you achieve your dreams. No one can drive you. You can only drive yourself. We all have a comfort zone of activity - too much or too little makes you either overwhelmed or bored.
This is my solution. Find out what your comfort zone is in terms of activity, and stick with that. Then you can occasionally push yourself to make that deadline. If you like to work in frenzied spurts and then have days off, do that. If you like to write a certain amount every day, do that.
Why? Because when you are comfortable and doing it the way you choose, you will free up your creative juices. If you have your attention on your "shortcomings" in terms of getting it done, you're damming up the flow.
If there is a word that belongs here, for my money it's persistence. Keep going, that's all. And if you fall off your timetable or your plan, so what? Who cares? Get back on again and pedal. You'll get there.