I‘ve been trying to look on the bright side for the past week, telling myself that I’m going to start making the best use of my time, but the truth is, I’ve barely gotten anything done. The adjustment period has taken a lot longer than I anticipated. The more time I have to myself, the more I begin to worry, and the less work gets done. Before the move to social distancing, I usually spent most of my time in coffee shops, writing for 5-6 hours at a time, and heading home to unwind at the end of the day. Now, my schedule is complete chaos, as I try to navigate finishing up my University classes as well as make time for my freelance work.
I have been prioritizing one over the other, and work has always come first. However, I’m still aware that I need to do a better job of balancing them both, and with everything going on, I’ve just felt incredibly unmotivated. There were so many things that I wanted to accomplish by now, and I sat on them far too long; now I’m worried that I’ll never start.
In my efforts to get my life back in order and reestablish a consistent daily schedule, I’ve committed to appropriate posting times as I try to encourage growth across my various writing platforms. Starting the writing process of my novel is still on the back burner until next month, but I’m putting together a schedule to make sure that gets moving by the beginning of April.
We’re all a little lost right now, and that’s okay. What matters is the effort we make to get up every day and try to get the work done.
I have been trying to fix my sleep patterns ever since we’ve been required to stay indoors, but it’s been challenging because my anxiety has been at an all-time high. As the days go by, it gets to be a bit easier to deal with, but I’m just focusing most of my energy on creating content that makes me happy as well as consuming it.
It’s going to take some more fiddling around, but once I get my daily schedule down and I start to make a bit more progress, I know I’ll feel a little better. Trying to navigate the chaos isn’t an easy feat, but I’m looking towards coming out of this, having put in as much work as possible.
Over the next few days, all I want to do is write like crazy, read like crazy, and enjoy the time I have to do so.
Let’s Make a Plan, Shall We?
If I’m going to commit to consistency, I have to lay all of my cards out on the table. My first order of business is to make sure that I have at least two blog posts up here every week as well as an article a day going up on the Medium publication.
I’m going to get my sleep patterns in order and find a time that works for me to start my “working from home”workday.
The freelance deadlines that are set in stone aren’t a problem because those are always a top priority, and I usually start the workday making progress in those areas.
Finally, making sure that I’m working on assignments for a few hours at the very end of my workday.
Here’s to hoping that I manage to keep myself in check as I desperately try to remain productive and not lay around doing nothing all day. It’s easy to lose sight of our goals when we’re forced out of our old patterns and routines, but I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone if you’re feeling that way. We’re all in this together, and we’re going to do everything we can to make the best of this time.
I hope this little insight into how I’m feeling helps, as I know things are incredibly difficult right now. I appreciate you taking the time to have a read!
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.