Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I love Christmas, but during this time of year, busyness consumes our household. Sometimes it seems like I don’t have a moment to catch my breath between Halloween and New Years.
I’m currently editing the first draft of book two. For me editing takes large chunks of uninterrupted time and requires more undivided attention than writing. Trying to accomplish this during this time of year is a daunting task. How do we resist letting our writing commitments slide because of the busyness of the Christmas season?
Make Writing a Priority. Faith and family definitely need to stay at the top of our priority lists, but if writing is important to us, we need to make sure it’s not getting buried by less important things. After we identify what’s important, we need to share it with our families. I’m so blessed to have a husband who constantly helps me carve out writing time.
Be Realistic. My house may not be spotless, and I may not be able to host a big Christmas party. And that’s okay! If our expectations are unrealistic, we will only be disappointed. Learn to say “no.” Give someone else an opportunity to host that get-together or to chair that committee.
Identify Time Zappers. Sometimes I waste precious time without even realizing it. Keep a log of where you spend your time for two days. It may reveal time wasters you hadn’t noticed. After we identify those things, we can put measures in place to control them. Set a timer by your computer while you’re searching on the internet. Only allow yourself to watch shows you’ve recorded on DVR instead of surfing channels. Turn off your cell phone during certain hours of the day.
How do you protect your writing time?