Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Motivation - Making the Most of a Busy Time

Making the Most of Busy Times
Holidays are busy times, when we have company and our routines are often changed.
It's hard to get everything done, including our writing and also getting the rest we need.
What are some things we can do to keep writing a part of our busy days without
being overwhelmed?

1) Unless you have a specific deadline, make smaller goals and write in smaller chunks.
Can you get one page written rather than none at all? Take a 10 or 15 minute break,
while cookies are baking or you're waiting for someone and make the most of that

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2) Get rid of all or nothing thinking. It's better to get something done than nothing.
If you trap yourself by figuring you won't write at all, because you're behind 10
pages and there's no way you'll be able to get all caught up. After all you have to wrap
presents, clean the house, bake and go to the church or school Christmas program.
Do nothing because of this thinking and you'll be another page or two behind. It's
okay to get something done even if it's not everything you hoped to accomplish.

3) Think of writing time as time for you to be recharged, something you should
do, because it helps you during stressful times.

4) Take time during Advent to look at the Christmas story afresh. Write down
the thoughts that come to you.

5) Think of even the holiday "disasters" that pop up as fodder for future stories, write down those ideas and tuck them away. They'll seem funnier later! For example: I went to pick up my son at the airport and managed to lock my keys in the car.

These are just a few ideas I hope to incorporate. Do you have any ideas you'd like to share on keeping up with writing over the next month? Please leave a comment for a chance to win a Christmas gift basket, which will contain coffee, tea, chocolate, books and other fun things!

The drawing for last week's prize will be tomorrow.


  1. These are great ideas! I'm going to use them. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Karla. I'm glad you found them helpful!