Does finding time to write make you stressed? If it does, then you are not alone. With the holiday season, and then the start of the next year upon us, it can be even more stressful to fit it all in.
As a writer it is natural at the end of December, to look at how far you have come with your writing during the year. It is also natural to re-evaluate if what you have done this year is actually working for you, and if you have written as much as you had intended? At the beginning of the year we can be full of good intentions. We promise ourselves that we will write every day. we set ourselves targets such as writing maybe 500 or 1,000 words per day. But, in reality, how long does that last? Probably not long enough for most of us. A few days, or weeks if we are lucky.
Next, when we realise that we haven’t kept that promise to ourselves to be more productive with our writing, we feel that we have let ourselves down. We get sad and feel despondent. We start to feel that each year will be as bad in relation to our writing, as the last. This can make us dread each passing week. Each one bringing with it an air of despondency and uncertainty for our writing future, so, not a nice feeling for anyone. We concentrate on the lack of writing, instead of how to overcome it in an easier and more simple way.
It is then that we can feel like a failure, despite the fact that we are far from that. Rarely reaching those limits that we previously set for ourselves in times when we felt so determined to change, can have a really negative effect on our self esteem or confidence. So, firstly, we need to be careful what we promise ourselves. Being too rigid with our thinking can actually set us up for trouble before we even start. Discipline is good, but, being excessively rigid, isn’t.
The truth is that we don’t have to set ourselves such rigid limits. There is another way. One which is much more simple and kind for us all. Kinder to ourselves, and kinder to those who live, work, and interact with us, because if we are stressed, then that can rub off on them too. The result can be stress all round, with our good intentions going right out of the window, sometimes not to be seen for a long time, or at worse never to be seen again. Although for some, rigidity can help, for a lot of us, severe rigidity, can really be a killer of good intention.
The problem with rigidity is that it means that something can’t usually be bent. We look for that rigidity to ensure that it stays firm, and unaltered, which is good if we want a strong structure to work from. But, even the best laid plans, and the most detailed architecture, can change slightly along the way, resulting in something even more beautiful and strong at the end. If we don’t allow a little natural give in the flow, then we can lose those wonderful unexpected gifts which can surface along our path, often trying to show us a better way to get there. Severe rigidity can blind us, and dull all of our senses if we let it. We need to be careful not to let it if we want to get to our writing goals.
With our writing goals foremost in our minds, what we don’t always think about, is that they will also depend on who we meet or interact with along the way. The attitude of others changes how we think. How they interact with us does so too. We take in at least some of what they say, and digest that information whether we really want to or not. So, it has an effect on both us, and the outcome of our thoughts, and ultimately our day. We can try to listen to everyone, which can overburden our brains to the point of shut down, with nothing getting done.
We set goals, give ourselves a whole list of tasks to complete even before we get out of bed, and generally compete with ourselves, as well as everyone else. We wrongly think that the more we do, the better our lives will be, and the nearer to our goals we will get. But, in effect, the opposite is true.
As writers we can’t possibly function at our best if we are too stressed or worried about everything else that we have to do. So, something has to give, before we reach the point of total dissolution, or even breakdown.
It probably seems almost impossible to accept that the less we do, the further we will get towards our writing dreams. But, it is true. I know, because I did it. Because of that experience, and knowing how much it changed my writing habits for the better, I know that living more simply is the key. But, although we need to simplify our lives to achieve our goals, there are certain ways to help ourselves do this.
The best present that a writer can ever have, is to give themselves the greatest possible chance of reaching their goals. The way that they can do that, is to live more simply, so that they have less things to fit into their day, and ultimately less stress because of this.
By now, you may be thinking that you could never eliminate anything else from your day to free up more time to write. You might think that you have already cut things to the bone to just be able to function on an average day.
This is when you have to become even more determined to reach your writing goals. To be selfless during this time doesn’t help you. Nobody wants to be selfish, but, sometimes your needs have to come first. Ultimately, if you are happier, then everyone around you can be.
I know from both personal experience, and working with others towards their writing goals, that there is nearly always something more that you can simplify in order to have more time to write. It might feel odd to start with, but will soon start to feel more normal to you. In reality, cleaning less isn’t going to kill the average person, neither is shopping weekly instead of every other day.
REMEMBER — How you choose to use your time, has a direct result on what you will be able to achieve. So, USE YOUR TIME WISELY!
Simplifying your life can also have a positive result on your energy levels, and so it will all be worth it. Less to do every day, means more time and energy to write.
You might think that you have no idea how to start. The good thing is that you are not alone. There are so many books and workshops out there to help you.
All you have to do is to ask yourself if you are prepared to go through another year of not achieving your writing goals, or if the next year is going to really be different?
It only takes the decision to start, to get your onto the right track for success. There is no better time to start than today!
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