Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Madness

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?

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