November 14, 2017
Meeting a deadline is a great accomplishment. It’s worth a shout, dance, or other celebratory move. After the euphoria passes, reward your diligence in one or more of the following ways.
1. Rest. Writing takes a lot out of us. Even if your multi-tasking personality does not allow you to stay down long, your body may still need a break. So, take time to catch up on needed sleep or rest. And, try and enjoy it.
2. Read. As a deadline looms, writers often forgo magazines, books, and online content unrelated to a current project. For avid readers that can be a tad frustrating. So, after a deadline, enjoy the opportunity to read for pleasure.
3. Binge. If you’re a big TV fan, chances are the DVR is your bestie. Or you may watch beloved series on Netflix, etc.. After meeting a deadline, catch up on what you’ve missed.
4. Reconnect. Juggling writing and family time is never easy. Period. Sometimes our family understands, other times they don’t. But if we’re maintaining effective balance, they know our disappearances are temporary. After completing a deadline, make bonding a top priority. Schedule a family night. Or reconnect with extended relatives.
5. Play. Like our relatives, our friends know we may be MIA while on deadline. Reconnect with friends, taking time to call or meet in person. The better you are at doing this, the greater the likelihood you’ll still have friends after multiple deadlines. Seriously!
6. Indulge. All of the steps above are ways to treat oneself after a deadline. But perhaps there’s something more personal you have in mind after hitting send on a manuscript. If so, do it!
7. Clean. Maybe your writing area, home office, or home remains spotless while you’re edging closer to project completion. Good for you! But for the rest of us, completing a deadline offers an ideal opportunity to bring our writing areas and homes back into order.
8. Engage. It’s important for us to be on social media – especially with the right motives. But there are times we have to let it go to meet goals. However, sending a manuscript on to the next stop signals we can return to preferred platforms.
9. Brainstorm. Sometimes creativity won’t rest. If so, enjoy a brainstorming session for new projects. Or meet with other writers to help them develop ideas for their work.
10. Write. Starting a new project is a logical next step after completing a project. Yet it’s not always a good one, especially if you’re burnt out. But if you have the interest, energy, or a contracted project with a new deadline, starting a new project may be the “write” move for you.
Lisa A. Crayton is an award-winning freelance writer, multi-published author, conference speaker…and more. She loves helping writers, and challenging them to achieve their goals and dreams! Connect with her on Facebook.