As a writer, sometimes life’s circumstances can hit you between the eyes. You may settle into a writing routine, only to find life interrupts it and forces you to change. I am dealing with this now as my family and I are dealing with a life circumstance of our own. We are moving out-of-state next week and we are currently swimming in an endless sea of boxes, packing tape, and Sharpie pens. (I think by the end of next week, I’ll have my name labeled on my forehead in black Sharpie pen!) As much as I would like to keep up with my writing next week, I know I will deal with the transition in a more efficient way if I simply focus all of my energies into moving, unpacking, and acclimatizing myself to a new environment.
Every aspect of life deserves our whole focus. It can be difficult if you are setting and reaching writing goals, but sometimes it is what will help you become more fruitful in your writing life.
Here are some other ways to deal with the interruptions life has to offer:
De-clutter your mind– I not only have to take a physical break from writing, but a mental break as well. I have to force myself to put my writing goals out of my mind until the other tasks are dealt with. This is not easy, but with perseverance, it can become a skill.
Prioritize- Which life activities take the most precedence? Your new job ? Your children? Your marriage? The key is not to get overwhelmed with all you need to do, but take one aspect of life and do it well, then move on to the next. This not only applies to life, but to writing as well. If I can’t focus on blogging, how can I write that next great article?
Take a Hiatus– Sometimes the best way to balance life with writing is to simply stop and focus on the other obligations of life in order to give my best to my writing when I return to it later on.
Do you need to take a writing hiatus to focus on current life circumstances? Leave a comment below.