Welcome to my Maddening Monday. Actually, the whole weekend came to be a bit maddening for me.
For one thing, I planned to write this blog for Sunday and now I am writing it for Monday. My usual deadline for uploading my post is 7:00 in the morning. Today, I will be doing good to finish this missive by noon. So, please forgive the mistakes in grammar and other areas.
My problem: Allowing the task at hand to overwhelm me. When writing, this can happen quite easily. This is because I start thinking about other aspects of my story while working on one. Before I know it, I'm seeking the refuge of Spider Solitaire – which is a major time suck in my mind.
Prevention of this sounds simple, but, in reality, it can be hard. My method of prevention requires me to relax and focus.
To relax, I sit back, take a few deep breaths and relax. When I sit back, I close my eyes and take five to ten deep breaths. With each exhale, I allow the tension in my muscles to float away. This tends to quell the anxiety that builds up when I feel overwhelmed.
Another way to relax is to get away from the project and walk or do some other activity for a short period. I just make sure that I return after 15 minutes.
Toward the focusing aspect, I narrow my thoughts onto the material at hand. Then, I will set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes or set a word goal of 400 to 650 words. When I start the timer or begin writing, I just free write until the timer goes off or I reach my word count.
At this point, I can sit back and meditate for a few minutes while executing deep breathing exercises. Then again, I may go for a short walk outside and look at nature t\o help clear my mind. When I return, I am usually ready for another round.
One other problem I tend to do is having too many documents open at once. I only need the documents that pertain to the project at hand. All others should be closed. That way, I am not tempted to look into those files.
Now, my good news for today is that I reached my goal of the 50K+ words on my NaNoWriMo project. Now, to keep working on the project to get it completed.
My question of the day: what do you do to relax and keep from being overwhelmed by the work at hand?