In the past my goal was usually to write 1,000 day/ 5 days/week. A "real" writer should be able to do that, shouldn't they? It's amazing how often we get caught up in the "shoulds" of all the roles in our lives. What a mother-daughter-friend-employee - should do.
Cat Shields suggested I try 500 words instead. And you know what? That simple change of 500 words/ day as a goal has changed my output. Now, when I only have a half hour, instead of thinking "i don't have time to write 4 or 5 pages" I think "I could get half my goal accomplished." So far, I've exceeded my goal every day this week. And I'm starting to use smaller pockets of time to write.
Wow, funny how a little shift in mindset changes a failure to a success.