By Michelle Ramsey
Time is a precious commodity, especially to a writer. This is also true during the holiday season. With a new year rapidly approaching, we are positioning ourselves to market new novels, articles, blog specials, and anything else that helps build our brand. We are preparing or have already prepared a budget for the upcoming year’s promotions, and working on tying up loose ends for the current year.
If you are anything like me, you also believe that you have to do everything on your own because the team is depending on you. Although I still struggle with that mentality to this day, it is not the reality that I am living. My husband has ingrained in my head for years that we are a team, and we can do everything better together.
I still hold onto the fact that I am supposed to be all things to everyone. As a wife and mother, I believe I am expected to be the nurturer, building and sustaining a comfortable home for my family, attending to all of their needs, inside and outside of the home. Nothing could be further from the truth. And in my efforts to prove otherwise, I have often failed greatly. When I push aside my “Super-Woman” expectations and listen to my husband, we all thrive.
Why? Because we are working as a team.
My family knows my shortcomings and I know theirs. When we work together we balance each other’s challenge areas and enhance our strengths. Never is there more of a time when this is needed than through the holidays. There are dinners to be hosted, parties to be attended, extracurricular activities to chauffeur children to, a home to be maintained, and books to be written.
I would never accomplish anything if I relied on my skills alone.
This year I took on a new position within a new company that has been quite challenging. I have not had as much time to write as I desire and to simply live life. But that is where my family comes in.
Understanding my new schedule, they have worked out a plan to step in and fill those areas that I may drop the ball . When I arrive home late in the evenings, dinner has already been prepared or purchased by my daughter or husband. My son and daughter have both stepped up on chores around the home, and everyone respects the fact that I still need time to write on the weekends. (That’s the only time I can slide it into my schedule now).
As if my schedule were not insane enough, I added two writing contracts where I now provide ghostwriting services to others. Why? Because I absolutely love writing, and aim to do it full-time. Through it all, I still have to eke out time to participate in all of the holiday festivities.
With a hectic routine, writers can find it difficult to get any productive writing accomplished. When the holidays set in, it’s even more challenging because of family and friends visiting, parties, traveling, and all the joyous holiday specials on TV to watch.
You may ask yourself, “When will I have time to write?” Then you continue to convince yourself that there absolutely is no time available.
But there is nothing further from the truth. It starts with creating a schedule and employing the assistance of the other “people,” known as family that reside in the house with you. There are always options to “get it in where you can.”
Here are some ways to set this time aside:
No matter how you capture the time during the holidays, it is available for you. You just have to use a little ingenuity to find it and make it purposeful.
Use the assistance of family and friends to allow yourself more writing time. Don’t think that everything has to be done by you, or even that it has to be perfect. Besides, others feel more useful when they are allowed to help.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get to writing!
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