Finding Time to Write During the Busy Holiday Season


The busy holiday season is here! In between baking, visiting family and friends, decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping the gifts, and a million other tasks that make the holidays hectic—how will you ever find time to write?

When your schedule is packed, it’s hard to justify taking the time to write and easier to tell yourself, I’ll just do it tomorrow. But too many “tomorrows” later, you may find yourself in the middle of January with nothing but a pile of blank pages. Here are some smart ways to keep your writing on track amidst all the turkey gobbling and sugarplums dancing.

The Hassle: You feel rushed and stressed when you steal a few minutes to write.
The Holiday Helper: Instead of noting how much (or how little) time you spend writing, keep track of the number of words you write in a day. By removing the pressure of trying to beat the clock, you’ll free yourself to see your productivity in a new way. Also, give yourself a little slack this time of year. If you normally maintain a rigorous writing timetable of an hour a day, every day—maybe, for now, you could consider any amount of writing on any day as a success.

The Hassle: There’s no space on your holiday calendar for quality writing time.
The Holiday Helper: Here’s the secret to any successful holiday endeavor: flexibility. Make an “un-schedule” by taking inventory of any free time: your lunch hour, the time you spend waiting for your children during holiday pageant rehearsals, sitting in an airport waiting for your flight—you get the idea. Use this downtime to write. And since this “found” time doesn’t take away from any other holiday tasks you need to accomplish, you’ll be less likely to feel guilty about working on your writing projects.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
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