If you’re a writer who works during the week, then weekends are most likely your best time to get some writing done. But a lot of times you’re so busy the weekends fly by and you don’t have any words on paper to show for it.
By learning how to be a weekend warrior, you can get the most writing possible out of every weekend, and still leave room to relax, enjoy yourself and take care of your household.
There are three steps to becoming a weekend warrior:
Make A Plan
If you’re going to get any writing done over a weekend, begin by having a plan. What do you want to accomplish? How much writing do you want to get done?
Come up with a specific writing goal you want to accomplish over your weekend. It can be something as simple as “write 500 words.” Just pick something that you can measure at the end of the weekend to determine if you met your weekend writing goal or not.
Your plan should also include specific writing times. Don’t tell yourself, “I’ll write on Saturday” or you’ll end up skipping your session all together. Instead, choose a specific day and time to write, such as Sunday at 1:30 p.m. This will help you stick with it.
Stick To It
Once you have a plan, stick to it. Don’t change your scheduled writing session. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t write. Just stick with it.
Sit down and write at your scheduled time for the scheduled length of time. Once you’re finished, you can go on with your weekend.
Having a schedule makes it easier to do everything you want to do with your weekend and get some writing done as well.
Step Away from the House
Writing at home works for some people, but for most, it is a huge distraction. There are chores to do, people to spend time with and shows to watch on TV. Writing at home sometimes takes double the time because of all the distractions.
But when you step away from the house, you’re able to work with fewer distractions, which will help you get more done in less time.
If it’s difficult for you to work from home, get the support of your family to make writing time happen.
Ask them to leave you alone for an hour while you write in the bedroom or have them help with the chores so you can use that time to write. Support is really helpful for weekend warriors.
How do you get the most writing out of your weekends? What tips can you share with other weekend warriors?
Today’s Challenge: Make a plan for completing one writing task over the weekend. Make sure the task is measurable and that you set aside a specific day and time for getting it done.
About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.
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