I'm taking the liberty of starting a new thread like this for 2013. A few people have expressed interest. This is for anyone whose work/career requires maintaining a daily writing and reading practice or habit. Here we'll post daily goals, progress, and accomplishments in order to stay motivated and on track.
The original thread said:
Dissertation writers, postdocs, profs with those pesky writing tasks that have no deadline, and yet your career depends upon getting them done. Post daily your goals and accomplishments for making daily writing a habit with the backdrop of other demands for our time, be them teaching, lab work, administrative work, job searches, parenting, etc.
The point is to make daily writing a habit. Keep the daily requirements small and manageable. This keeps from overwhelming your day with the need to write, but keeps the essence of the writing project in your head.
Post who you are, make a code for dealing with the papers/chapters to keep notes, then make a day's reasonable goal (15-20 minutes or a paragraph, or editing a 2 page section...) then update when done. Mini rewards help some people keep the motivation going.