16th December, 14.32
Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t been here in a few days – I’ve been catching up on 101 things to get done before Christmas! For those of you that don’t know, I am quite a multi tasker; as well as putting the finishing touches to my upcoming novel, I work full time in an office and am studying full time with the Open University. Having done so for the past year or two, I’ve picked up a couple of tips for anyone juggling multiple projects. Please let me know if you find any useful, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
- Buy a diary. Write in said diary at least once a fortnight, pencilling in EVERYTHING you know you have to do and when you have to do it. I’m talking times, locations, all details if you can. Honestly, this was the best thing I did. It’s like when it’s written in a little book it’s law and you have to do it (or try your very best to!)
- Give yourself deadlines. I have those already with uni, but in regards to writing, I found these really useful. Pop them in your diary, or as a reminder on your phone – GET 1000 WORDS DONE TONIGHT, for example.
- Reward yourself. Lots of people forget to do this and when I do, I get cranky. These don’t have to be extravagant, unnecessary rewards – these can be ‘You finished the chapter! Go make a frothy latte’ or, ‘You kept on top of your diary this week! Buy yourself that candle you liked.’ But they are very important. Ultimately, your reward at the end will be AMAZING, but it’s best to have some little ones along the way too.
- Let your friends and family know that you’re busy. I don’t mean go on a moaning rampage (though this is still effective). You just need to let your loved ones know you’re juggling some stuff right now. This will prevent any guilt-tripping into impromptu dinners etc, and some nice people may even ask if there’s anything they can do to help!
- Equally, remember to make time for yourself. Use your diary for personal appointments as well as professional ones – your walk with the dog at midday is just as important as getting up to that word count by 5. You won’t function as well without some fresh air and relaxation, so make sure you get it!