Monday, December 19, 2011

It's the Most Frustrating Time of the Year

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t seem to find the time to get anything done recently. Shopping, parties, families, wrapping, children’s plays, concerts, workplace gatherings, and so on and so on and so on. Even if you don’t celebrate a particular holiday over the season, it’s easy to find yourself stampeded by the number of external events that occur this time of year. This unfortunately comes with the side-effect of getting little to nothing accomplished when it comes to writing goals.

For this reason, in preparation of being overwhelmed, I decided to give myself December off, excepting my editing responsibilities. Aside from Christmas, I have a December birthday, a grandfather with a December birthday, and then my split family to arrange our plans around, my husband’s split family to arrange plans around, and then our work schedules/parties. It gets a little crazy. And after NaNoWriMo, I knew any hope of getting a significant amount of writing done in December was a pipe dream.

So if you find yourself trailing in your goals, it’s okay. It happens to the best of us. Just sit back, enjoy the holidays, and don’t blanch at the stack of work waiting when you get back to business in January. We always find away to muddle through it.


LoriStrongin said...

I'm in the same place you are. With all the parties and cleaning and cooking and complete lack of sleep, my creative juices are sucking fumes. So what helps me through this time of year are setting smaller, more realistic goals that I won't beat myself up over, like writing a blog post or editing a single chapter. So rather than tackling anything massive and beating myself up when I inevitably fail, this way I make it through the holidays without stabbing some innocent mall Santa.


Rosalie Stanton said...

Small goals for when you are overwhelmed really is the best.

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