As I've mentioned previously, I am trying out a new writing plan: I simply write a page a day.
It's a simple equation that never actually works out. It did, however, get me to start writing every damn day, which is something I've struggled with for years - whether it was thanks to a lack of energy, depression, or being too damn busy.
But working on a page a day has brought up a lesson one of my professors taught me along the way (and I do wish I could remember which one, but I can't): stop in the middle of your writing, so that the next time, you know exactly where to start.
We've all had the problem of the blinking cursor and the blank page, but by purposely stopping in the middle of a section - either a chapter or a scene or what have you - then you can begin more easily the next day. This saves you time and also emotional energy, as you don't have to worry about writer's block for that writing session - you already know what you're going to write about.
In my case, I generally take a few days to write a chapter (especially if I just have the time to write one page that day and not more), so I end each writing session with a note, in italics, telling myself where I thought I was going to go next.
The best part, though, is that the next day's writing, since I've already thought of it once, stays with me. And when I start thinking that day about the fact I haven't written yet, I've found that I often revise the idea before I even get to that day's writing - and most times, for the better. It's a way of keeping me engaged with the writing, which for longer projects, like novels, is a writing must.
I've even started doing this when I finish a chapter or section - I'll write something down, probably on one of my zillion post-its, about where I should start tomorrow. And I'll be honest - it's the days that I haven't done that, where I don't know where I'm going, that are the hardest to get the work done.