When working under a writing deadline, what do you put on “pause”?

Something’s gotta give!

Recently I was reading an article about working under a deadline – be it a work deadline, writing deadline or other assignment. The advice given by the article’s author was to write a list of the things in your life that you can “temporarily put on pause” to make time for whatever you are under deadline for and make it a priority for a limited time.

It makes perfect sense right? You’ve got to find more hours to put into something new in your life, so something old is going to have to give.

Pause under writing deadline

I’m ashamed to admit these outloud, but here are my “pauses”!

– Ironing. I’ve never been a huge ironer anyway, but when crunch time is on, you can bet my writing clothes are wrinkly!

– Cooking sophisticated food. It’s a good job my husband isn’t a fussy eater. Most nights when I’m writing, I throw rice, veggies and some seasoning into the rice cooker and hope for the best. A huge time saver as I can leave them to steam away while I get back to my desk – and healthy too!

– Correspondence. This is probably my saddest “pause”. With friends in the UK, Japan and all over the US, I love to stay in touch with letters, postcards and email. But under a writing deadline, writing anything else seems to be a huge chore!

Ok, your turn! What do you put on hold when working under a writing deadline?

Laura Pepper Wu is the co-founder of 30 Day Books: a book studio. She has worked with a variety of authors to successfully promote their books, including many Amazon best-sellers. Laura is the author of wedding non-fiction guides and book marketing guides 77 Ways to Find New Readers for Your Self-Published Book and Fire Up Amazon!

Laura also runs Ladies Who Critique, a critique-partner finding site. When she's not working at the studio, you can find her walking her dog, "yoga-ing" or at a coffee shop in Seattle.


  • http://twitter.com/LaurenClark_Bks Lauren Clark (@LaurenClark_Bks)

    What a fun post :) Things I put on hold: manicures, pedicures, sleep, house cleaning, fancy cooking, and reading for fun!!! If I am driving somewhere, however, I do listen to AudioBooks to catch up on any fantastic new stories. I can’t go long without something NEW to read :)

    xx, Lauren