“Last week was tough. This week was tougher. It may not get easier from here, but what I do know is that my work ethic has gotten to the point where I can safely say, “I need and deserve a break.” I was rather productive last week, even though I did notice that I was beginning to burn out and with November right around the corner, I have no time to burn out. That is one of the reasons I have such a deep appreciation for Sundays. I appreciate that I am able to allow myself to relax on Sundays as well as slowly comb through the preparation for the approaching week.”
When last have you taken some time for yourself? When last have you celebrated your accomplishments? With NaNoWriMo (http://nanowrimo.org/) right around the corner, I have to find the balance between all the writing I am going to do and all the other obligations that may be later presented. That is what NaNoWriMo is, isn’t it? It’s about making time, it’s about getting words down on paper, regardless of whether or not you wholeheartedly like what you’ve written (something I still have a hard time of letting go of). I hope to be doing a lot of blogging during the month of November as well, so I can track all the writing I’m doing and when it is all getting done.
Surely, there are going to be days where I am going to fall shorter than I expect, but those days can be remedied. I want to be able to speak out creatively when I am at my best, as well as when I may be feeling it hard to keep up (which will be quite a bit). However, I know, having done NaNoWriMo in the past, that it is all worth it in the end. It is a great experience, one that has taught me a lot about who I am as a writer, and I truly believe that this time around I will learn quite a lot more.
As for the other side of things, I have managed to get a handle on everything I do need to get done during the week (even though I spend most of my time stressing out), but when it comes to academics, I have always been that way. Stress, then work, stress a little more, then let it go. That is something I am going to have to work on, for it does dampen my mood quite a bit, and therefore making it a lot harder to write. However, for now, everything is going at a manageable pace, and I am content. I am taking everything one reminder on my Google Calendar at a time. I can barely recall a time where I managed to find time to do just about everything I needed and wanted to do, and the unrealistic ideals I still find myself approaching will one day come to an end. I will work towards completing it all in time, and not trying to finish everything I could ever dream of before lunch.
If you find yourself feeling that you’ve begun to wane, take a moment to gather your thoughts, and approach them however you see fit. My moment is the half of my Sunday where I can drink tea, work comfortably from bed, and take quite a few naps in between. Let’s not forget baths! I do some of my best writing on my phone when I’m running a bath, or sitting in. (Don’t drop your phone, please. This is a hazardous task). To each their own, I suppose. If it makes you happy, give it a go. It may be one of your favorite things to look forward to during the week, I know it surely is mine.
I hope all of you participating in NaNoWriMo are having a great time preparing, and I hope you reach all of your goals. If you’d like to contact me on http://nanowrimo.org/ my username is: anisanasir