When NaNo comes around, a lot of prep work needs to be done and it’s not always the things you would typically associate with writing. But when you try and add writing into an already crammed schedule, there are some things that help to get set up or done before November starts.
First, you want to make sure your work space and your living space are spic-n-span. You won’t have as much time to clean as you normally would, so you want things to be extra clean before the month starts so you don’t have to spend as much time cleaning when the month starts.
Stock up on tea and coffee and your favorite snacks. You’ll end up going through these at lightning speed so if you buy extra now, it means less trips to the store later.
Get organized! This is generally part of my cleaning time, but if you don’t organize or reorganize, as the case may be, when you clean, do it now! While “organized” chaos seems to work well most of the time, when you add an extra bit of stress to your life you can be a bit more forgetful than normal. I make sure to pull out everything I would normally use during NaNo (like an ipod, notepads, ipod cables, and thumbdrives) and set them in a special container on my desk or in my write-in bag so they will always be handy.
Also, double check your supplies, all of them! That means your cleaning supplies, writing supplies, dry goods and anything else you might think of. Make sure you’ve got enough to last you most of the month if not all. And if using disposable cleaning products doesn’t bother you, make sure to grab an extra container of cleaning/disinfecting wipes to wipe down surfaces daily, so that you’ll do few heavy cleaning sessions. And if you like cookies, don’t be afraid to make a few dozen and freeze some so you can have some homemade cookies in the middle of the month without actually having to bust out your baking supplies. Also, while making meals ahead of time isn’t really necessary, it never hurts to have a few things tucked away in your freezer for those days where you are just too worn out too cook. The good news is that since Thanksgiving comes during this month, you won’t really have to worry about cooking for the last week of the month since you’ll be eating all your leftovers.
And most important of all, make lists. Write down the things you want to do in the near future. If there are any that are fairly important or time sensitive, start cracking down and get as much as you can done before NaNo.
While all of things aren’t completely necessary, they can help you budget your time better during November and make it a whole lot less stressful.