Deadlines are a necessary part of the writer’s life.
Sometimes they can be great motivation to get that project finished, but other times they can be stress! And panic!! 😱
I (unfortunately) can’t say that I’ve discovered the secret to a completely stress-free deadline crunch, but I’ve been learning a few hacks—which all should have been obvious, but classic me, it took ages for me to learn them. And it’s still going to be forever before I actually consistently remember to do them.
So if you’re like me: this post is for us. Let’s tackle some deadline hacks together. 😅
Always keep the goal in mind
If I focus on the end result that I’m aiming for (“My book will be published!” “The professional editor will read it!”) it’s way easier to be motivated, rather than focusing on the struggle of getting through each page/chapter.
Think about the goal! It’s okay to dream a little. ☺️
Whether it’s bad habits of procrastinating on Pinterest, or even good habits like posting on Bookstagram. If your deadline is intense, it might be time to take a hiatus from those things.
Even the good things sometimes need to be put aside in favour of more focus on the best things.
I accidentally hiatused (is that even a word? 😂) from bookstagram in June and it turned out to be the best thing I could’ve done. No regrets. 😛
Sleeping and eating is just as important while on deadline as it is every other time. You’ll be more productive if you take the time to eat as per usual, and get enough sleep.
I had a while several years ago when I’d skip lunch, and go to bed at 3 am so I had more time, and even though I functioned surprisingly well like that, I’m waaay more productive and inspired when I’m in good habits.
I know not everyone is an early bird, but I personally find getting up early can really help my motivation levels too. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch the sunrise??
It’s okay to take breaks
Even if you’re behind on your goal and everything is looking terrible and you feel totally exhausted, it’s okay to stop. Take a break for an hour or so.
When I was halfway through my huge deadline several weeks ago, I was super uninspired, nothing I tried was working, and I just couldn’t word. My sister suggested I take a break and read one of my favourite books.
I reeeally didn’t want to stop trying—I felt like that’d be giving up—but in the end I took her advice. And lo and behold, I read one chapter of Unblemished (Sara Ella) and INSPIRATION smacked me in the face.
So don’t feel guilty about taking a break sometimes. Spare a moment to do something that inspires you, then come back with a fresh motivation!
Have family and friends on board
Having people surrounding you who are excited and determined about you meeting this deadline can be one of the best things ever.
They can spot you procrastinating and order you back to the writing room. They can make you lunch when you’ve forgotten. They can listen to your woes, give support, and they can pray for you too, which is, of course, the most important thing to do when facing a deadline.
Do you have any tips for facing a deadline? What inspires you when you’re feeling unmotivated about writing/editing? Let’s share some deadline hacks! 😉