‘Tis the season . . . for parties and family. Decorating and shopping. Baking and wrapping. Eating, drinking, and being merry. And writing.
That’s right, I said writing.
With the holiday season upon us, and our dance cards filled with social engagements on top of social engagements, we should still make time to write. But how?
So glad you asked. Two words: Time Management
As writers, we are already familiar with squeezing in writing time whenever we can find it—during the kids’ soccer practice, in the morning before work, during lunch, or, if you take public transportation to your day-job, during the daily commute. It’s amazing how quickly a few words a day can add up. And getting even a few words a day can help alleviate the guilt or frustration when you’re trying to reach your word count goals.
Here are some additional time management tips for the busy holiday season:
- Shop online. I do most of my shopping online. The gifts arrive at my door and all I have to do is wrap them. Huge time-saver.
- Make lists and prioritize. I love lists. I make lists for everything, especially to-do lists, and I handle the things on my list based on the amount of time I have at hand. If I only have a few minutes to spare, I handle the quick items on the list, like texts or short emails. The items that will take longer to accomplish are set aside for later when I have the time to accomplish them.
- Ditch the multitasking. And speaking of accomplishing items on your to-do list. Focus on one task at a time, especially those that take longer. The more focused you are on the task, the faster you can accomplish it and move on to the next one on the list.
- Just say no. It’s okay to say no once in a while. Already have two parties on Saturday? Politely decline the third.
- Make time for you. I know when your schedule is already jam-packed, taking me-time sounds counter-intuitive, but when you take a little time for yourself, you recharge your batteries, giving you more energy when you rejoin the happy chaos of the holidays.
And in the end, if you can’t squeeze in writing time during the holiday season, don’t beat yourself up about it. Set aside the season to be with friends and family and feel the love. You can always double-down after the New Year and recommit to your goals and deadlines.
Do you have successful time management tips you’d like to share with the class?