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How To Get Writing Done During Your Christmas Break

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by Jennifer on December 20, 2012

This is a guest post from Peter of UKEssays.com

The Christmas break is probably the hardest time to get any writing done. With anticipation for the festivities having built up over several weeks, Christmas adverts continuously playing on the TV on a loop, and decorations literally everywhere you look, the last thing you may want to do in your time off work is to get your head down and start writing.

However, your Christmas break is an excellent opportunity to make some real progress with your writing project. If you follow the simple tips below, you’ll not only get a significant amount of work done, but will enjoy Christmas to the fullest!

1. Be Realistic About Your Goals

As you’ll be trying to get some writing done over the Christmas break, you need to start by being realistic about what you can achieve in that time. As it is Christmas, you can’t possibly work everyday. You’ll be seeing friends and family, enjoying Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day, and these should be days when you do nothing but relax.

If you do try to squeeze some writing into every hour, you’ll only get stressed when you don’t manage this and your overall productivity level will fall. So before you even start work, plan your time off and accept that there will be several days when you won’t do anything but relax

2. Find Somewhere to Write Away From Your Family

Obviously, an important part of Christmas is seeing family, but when you’ve decided to set aside a few hours to do some work, you need to let them know that you don’t want to be disturbed. This is particularly important as you’ll be writing.

If you have a quiet place in your home that you can work, that’s great, but if not, then just let your family know that for only a few hours you need to do some work and that you don’t want to be disturbed. Your family will understand this, and with the few hours work complete you’ll be able to join them for some festive celebrations afterwards!

3. Work in the Morning When You Can

Most events and parties over Christmas will happen in the evening, so try and schedule your working time for the morning. Even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, you should give this a go. It’s better to get up a bit earlier and start writing in the morning if this means you can go out later in the evening and enjoy your Christmas break with everyone else.

4. Moderate How Much Alcohol You Drink

Alcohol is one of the biggest destroyers of productivity.

Over Christmas the drinks are flowing and it is very difficult not to be tempted. But again, you need to bear in mind that you want to make some progress with your writing as well as enjoy Christmas to the fullest. So try and plan the occasions you will indulge to fit around the days you’ve already scheduled to take off from work and relax.

Be mindful that you will have a far less stressful holiday if you think carefully about how much alcohol to drink and when!

If you follow these four pieces of advice, you’ll undoubtedly see some further progress of your writing during the Christmas period while at the same time enjoy yourself with friends and family. Remember, just plan your time carefully, have realistic goals and you’ll be successful!

How will you find time to get your writing done during your holiday break? 

About the Author: Peter wrote this blog post on behalf of UK Essays, a UK Essay Writing Company specializing in essay marking, proofreading and essay help in all subject areas. 

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1 Abraham Meislow December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Very good advice. I used a good dose of it over the break so far and managed to finally finish editting my novel between all the festivities. Any break can be a great time to get some serious writing done if you budget your time wisely.

2 Jennifer December 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

@Abraham I’m glad to hear the tips worked for you. Congrats on squeezing in some writing work between festivities!

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