With the holidays fast approaching, it’s often a difficult time for authors as they struggle to stay motivated in the face of extra commitments and busy weekends. December can be overwhelming at the best of times, and as a writer it becomes all too easy to put our creative work on the back burner in favour of seasonal festivities. If you’re already finding yourself struggling to keep your motivation up, here are some ideas to help you stay on track over the Christmas season.
This is a time of year where your cell phone calendar can definitely become your new best friend. Part of what makes Christmas so difficult for a writer is the looming feeling that there are a hundred million other things that we should be doing. For each Christmas party, concert and dinner, set a reminder alarm to prepare yourself. This will help you feel as though you have everything under control because nothing is going to get forgotten or left to the last minute. This will free up your mind and allow you to put your creative mind to something else, like writing!
One way to keep from becoming overwhelmed is to prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait. This will allow you to keep a fresh perspective as you consistently evaluate your goals and decide where your focus is most needed. Writing should remain a fairly high priority, and you may find that it serves as a great time to decompress each day. Don’t be afraid to decline invitations to events or to say no to people who want your time and energy. These things are precious!
Frontload Your Day
If you set out to write a little bit each day, make a habit of doing so in the early morning. It’s a great way to wake up, because your mind is fresh and you are able to sip your coffee as you put down the days words. By starting your day off writing, you’re able to look back on your morning with fondness, having motivated yourself early. Make writing the first part of your daily routine, which will help keep you typing your way to success over the holiday season.