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Avoid Ripping Your Hair Out in 6 Steps

I have had experience and am still struggling with the limiting of the number of writing/editing projects I take on. This is because I love what I do and when I find something worth pursuing, I do not want to limit it's worth by rejecting it's potential especially when I know, deep down in my heart, that I am meant for that journey. In other words, I do not have the heart to say "No" to a project I truly believe in. Nevertheless, there are moments I want to rip my hair...or rather, hijab off, but here's how I deal with it:

  1. Breaking it Down: Break your writing tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. Focus on completing one section or one paragraph at a time rather than overwhelming yourself with the entire project. I am a fan of creating table charts and using google sheets as my personal organizers.

  2. Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable writing goals for yourself each day. This could be a word count, a specific section to complete, or a time limit. Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. My husband always tells me, "It's time to celebrate" even if I say, "I started another novel" or "I an currently editing this...."

  3. Create a Schedule: Establish a regular writing schedule that works for you. Whether it's early in the morning, during lunch breaks, or in the evening, having dedicated writing time can help you stay on track and reduce stress. It can also be something like editing 10 pages a day or writing one article a month.

  4. Find Your Ideal Environment: Identify the environment where you feel most productive and comfortable writing. This could be a quiet room at home, a bustling coffee shop, or a peaceful outdoor space. My ambiance is wherever there's a good cup of chai and silence.

  5. Take Breaks: Don't forget to take regular breaks to rest and recharge. Stepping away from your writing for a few minutes can help prevent burnout and improve overall productivity. This could easily be the moment you refill your coffee mug or step out onto your balcony for a breather.

  6. Manage Perfectionism: Understand that your first draft doesn't need to be perfect. Give yourself permission to write freely without worrying about grammar, structure, or formatting. You can always revise and refine your work later on.

Happy Writing!


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