Treating Yourself to a New Read, Unwinding, and Making Time to Write
“Fall term has finally come to an end and I can sit back, reevaluate all that I’ve done over the last few months, and assess where to go from here. That means an array of late night writing sessions, planning, and sitting down to get some of the substantial work done. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the kind of free time I have now, and I’ve been making the most of it. I’ve lined up a few new reads, planned out the kind of writing I’d like to get done over the break, and have sat down to actually make headway on all of it. Sometimes, all you really do need is a change of pace to get things up and running again, and that’s exactly what I’ve allowed myself to take part in. I’ve been really good with keeping track of my to-dos, my progress through journaling, and making sure that I’m accomplishing something at the end off every writing session. When you’ve found your groove, when you wake up feeling excited to continue a project, those are times that you have to cherish because they don’t always last. I’ve learnt that it is in the moments where that feeling doesn’t present itself, that the effort is immensely necessary, and that it is when it pays off the most.”
I’ve currently been spending my time rather wrapped up in “The Alice Network” by: Kate Quinn. It’s quite the riveting story thus far, but I will probably leave speaking on it for after the book has been completed. I’ve just finished up making my plan for tomorrow’s activities, that include: writing, errands, and an array of lifestyle tidbits. I must say that the free time is wearing on me quite well, and I’ve been making the most of my time as I get wrapped up writing again, making progress on a piece (and I don’t think I’ve felt quite this excited about a piece in a long time). Change is good, and sometimes it’s entirely necessary. I’ve noticed that I’ve found it quite hard to maintain a plan when I know that I could push the time any way I see fit, and that is something that I’ve been changing as of late. I’ve treated every possible thing I absolutely need to get done as a deadline. There is no later, if it must get done now, it must get done.
There’s a lot that goes into trying to stay on top of things, and as much as I do skip out on it from time to time, setting aside a good fifteen to thirty minutes in the morning to get everything organized for the day does help quite a bit, and it has allowed me to have an overview of all that needs to get done for the day as well as serving as reflection for all that has gotten done in the past. I do plan to make quite a bit of progress on all that I am working on before my winter break is over and I prepare once again for classes. It’s important to treat yourself from time to time, to outline what needs to get done, and to not let it overwhelm you. I’ve been doing my best to not allow myself to stress over the growing to-do lists that come with all the changes I may be experiencing, to not let my class schedule and workload overwhelm me, so that I can continue to stay on top of all that I need to get done as well as to do it in the most effective way possible.
“It isn’t always easy to give up what little free time you have to do all that you think you may be able to get done later, but it is when you do that you realize just how beneficial that is to the overall progress you’re making, and just how much of an impact it can have on you after all.”