It’s late coming today (and will be again tomorrow) but here I am with today’s NaNo Prep tip, and it’s all about scheduling.
Last week we had you do a time hunt – looking for open chunks of time and time wasters. I started by recording everything I did for how long, but being busy that just didn’t take. I was acutely aware, however, of how I was spending my time all week. Aware enough that I’ve cut back on my time-wasting activities already.
Anyway, now that we have a record (or are aware of our time-wasting habits) we can begin to schedule ourselves for the month of November. Yes, some people might have this easier than others. If you have a set schedule for school or work, it will be easier to block off chunks of time for that and use what you’ve got left to your advantage. For others of us who work irregular hours and may have just started a second job (the reason for my lateness of today’s post) it might be a little harder, especially if we don’t have our schedules very far in advance. But I still encourage you to use this step when you get your schedules!
Things we should schedule: writing (duh), sleeping (can’t be productive if we don’t get enough sleep), exercise (important for every month of the year!), meal-prep time and meal clean-up time, commute and work time, and yes, relaxation time. With these things scheduled, you should have a fool-proof agenda for getting your novel written. Of course, we can’t plan for unexpected events, so always do as much writing as you can whenever you can!
Next time: Research