Preptober 2021: Scheduling

Hi everyone! In my last post, I discussed my plan to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, and to prepare during this month of October. I performed self-reflection and motivation, and the next step, I think, is developing the time and plan for writing.

There will always be reasons not to write right now, to write later, when there’s time… But I don’t think that there will ever actually be a magic time to write – at least, not for me. So I think that being thoughtful and making the time, and then making certain to actually stick to that schedule, is important. I also think it is the only way to make sure that the writing I have decided is important to me actually occurs.

After some careful thinking, I have decided that during the week, I will be writing during lunch. I have time blocked off in my calendar for an hour for lunch, Monday through Friday, and I will practice actually maintaining an hour for lunch during the work week in October.

On weekends, I think I will be writing in the late morning. On Saturdays, 11 – noon should generally work, since it coincides with one of my son’s extracurricular activities and the other son’s naptime. So I will try to use the same timeslot on Sundays, as well, for consistency. I generally do not need to work on the weekends, though, so realistically, if I can find/make more time on the weekends, I will be trying to take advantage to catch-up if I get behind on word count.

What about you – what writing schedule do you plan to implement in November? Do you have any tips or tricks to help keep that writing schedule, or to motivate yourself to really take advantage of the time you write? Please let me know in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Preptober 2021: Scheduling

  1. I have no idea what my schedule is going to be in November with NaNo! I work in retail, so the lead up to Christmas means I am going to be working A LOT, and random hours too. I think I will have to adapt to getting up really early and writing before the sun is even up, but we will see how it all goes. For the most part I will be taking it day by day

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    1. Yes, retail is going to provide scheduling challenges! I think studies show that when people get up early to complete tasks, whether it’s a workout, writing, meditation, etc., they tend to actually accomplish their goals, so getting up early sounds like a great plan!

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