Your Cake and Eat It Too: How to Stay Productive
© Cheryl C. Malandrinos
- All Rights Reserved.
admit it. As
much as I love the holidays, they wear me
Shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and sending Christmas
cards, on top of everything else I have to do, makes me
want to crawl into my bed and pull the covers over my
head until after January
need this little thing called money that keeps the roof over
our head, so I keep writing.
writing is usually the first thing to be pushed aside when
the rest of your life gets busy, changing your expectations
and staying focused on your writing goals, will help you
survive the holidays and still be a productive
us have this Currier and Ives, picture perfect Christmas in
our minds and we kill ourselves trying to achieve
minute and think back to the Christmases of your
it bother you if Mom burnt the cookies or if the house next
door had more lights hanging from it than yours
are a few ways you can simply your
your energy where it belongs: on your family and
Instead of rushing around to make everything perfect, be
okay with good enough, and take those extra moments to spend
time with your family and friends.
be afraid to ask for help. Your family will be more
than happy to give you a hand if they know it means getting
to spend more time with you.
back your Christmas card list or consider sending out
used to send out over fifty cards a year with handwritten
notes inside; but one year I just couldn’t do
I save the cards we receive. I went into my hope
chest and pulled out last year’s cards and only sent out
cards to people who had sent us one the year
reduced my list by at least
Postcards are great when you want to send a quick
holiday note to someone you don’t see very
small size doesn’t allow you to include too much
information and they’re cheaper to mail than
online retailers offer free shipping during the holidays, so
you can shop from home while taking a break from your
save gas, don’t have to deal with crowds, and can easily get
back to your writing schedule.
Focusing on Your Writing
easy to lose track of your writing goals while preparing for
Now, more than ever, it’s important to write out a to-do
list each week.
realistic and plan ahead, knowing that you have more on your
plate this time of year. Cutting back a bit is
expected, but it also makes it much harder to get back into
your normal routine. So, try to keep your
routine as close to normal as possible. I don’t take on additional
assignments and I cut back on the number of books I review
toward the end of the year. This leaves me some wiggle
room for those added holiday chores.
also a good time to review what you’ve accomplished this
yourself an extra pat on the back. It will motivate you to
keep focused on your writing.
planning for next year. Take some time between
Christmas and New Year’s to figure out where you’re
down your S.M.A.R.T. goals and prioritize
will make the transition from your reduced schedule back
to your normal workload easier.
Preparing for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t find
the time to write. Simplifying your life and
staying focused on your writing goals will find you writing
even during the busiest times of the
Author: Cheryl C.
Malandrinos is a freelancer who specializes in helping
writers increase productivity through time management and
organization. She has also written articles on
everyday life in the 1800’s, gardening, parenting, and
women’s health issues. Cheryl is also a virtual book tour
coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion. You can find
out more about Cheryl by visiting her website