Keeping up the pace in today’s world is really hard. Working a day desk job leaves no time for writing (plus exhausted eyeballs from Computer Vision Syndrome). Add in to that making your meals, laundry, hobbies, exercising… How can you get it all done and still prepare for a big writing project?
You can do this.
Let’s make a step by step plan to ease your anxiety.
Spend 15 Minutes A Day Planning Your To-do List
It may seem like a waste of time to plan your day before you live it. But by planning your day when you first sit at your desk, you are forcing yourself to focus on what matters to you.
What is the thing I will guilt myself for in bed tonight if I don’t do it today?
How can I advance my life’s purpose today and stay aligned with my values?
What things absolutely cannot wait another day?
How you answer those questions will determine how you should live your day. It will also encourage mindfulness throughout your day as you make choices. If you see yourself with a writing career, then you need to be disciplined enough to go after it.
Spend 15 Minutes A Day Planning Your Novel (Or Other Creative Hobby)
That doesn’t seem like much time, but if you are able to commit to this short session once a day while you’re plotting and writing, your novel is going to be much easier to write.
Jot down key scenes. Craft a character or two. Have some tricks up your sleeve for when the plot stalls. This will also keep you from the anxiety that comes while sitting at a blank screen.
Spend 15 Minutes Every Morning In Self-reflection
Journal. Listen to music. Read. So much of your time is spent giving to other people, but you only get one life to live. I suggest completing this step before planning your day and BEFORE YOU CHECK ANY SOCIAL MEDIA. There’s horrible rush that comes with checking social media in the morning and before you know it, your time is sucked away.
The ideal time to focus on you is right when you wake up in the morning.
What do I want most?
How can I take steps toward doing what I want most?
How can I help myself feel my best today?
How can I make someone else’s life better?
What am I thankful for?
During this time with yourself, dream and imagine as if anything is possible today. You have no limitations other than the ones you put around yourself.
I’ve discovered this time to myself is critical for the success of my WHOLE DAY and helps me conquer creative anxiety. These early morning moments help me see that I do have control over how my day goes and I am empowered to change things if I don’t like them.
Spend 15 Minutes A Day Thinking (And Take A Full Lunch Break)
Think long and hard about the things that make you happy. Wonder about the world. Practice deep breathing. Let your mind be still.
At midday, after you’ve been sitting at your desk for a while, I challenge you to take a full lunch break. Don’t keep working through it at your desk.
Go outside, feel the sun on your skin, breathe fresh air, grab a bite, and breathe. This will help you stay focused on what really matters throughout the day.
If All Planning Fails You, Ask For Help
There is no shame in asking for help. Reach out to the people around you in a kind, professional way. Their respect for you will grow and the strengthened relationship transparency will give you courage.
You have the power to do what you want to do. Pursing your purpose as a writer is a conscious decision to make every day. Each choice you make, even the small things like what you do in the morning, adds up to completing your purpose.
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