1. Plan Meals
You have to eat. If you are planning on a writing marathon, prepare meals ahead of time so that they can be easily reheated the next day. Prepare your snacks and snacks for your children.
2. Get Out Tomorrow’s Clothes
Get your clothes out for the next day. Plan on wearing something comfortable. If you have young children, get their outfits out for them as well. For my 2-year-old daughter, I have all of her outfits hanging up in the closet so that I can simply grab one out for the next day.
3. Write a To-Do List
Just knowing what you will be doing the next day will help you relax and fall asleep. Make it a habit to write a to-do list each night before going to bed. Read over it again in the morning and plan your day accordingly.
4. Take a Hot Bath
Take a hot bath about two hours before you plan on falling asleep. A hot bath will relax you and help relieve you of the day’s stress. It will also prepare your body for sleep - something that all writers need, especially before diving into a new book project.
5. Pen and Paper
Keep a pen and paper by your bed in case any ideas come to you as you are preparing to sleep. Write them down immediately and return to getting some sleep.
6. An Hour of Reading
Reading is not only relaxing, it also stimulates your imagination and increases your creativity. Make time to do some reading every night before going to bed. This can include reading a story to a child before bed.
After you get snug in your bed, close your eyes and visualize yourself working at your desk. See yourself relaxed and feel the words flowing effortlessly from your mind, down into your fingers, and onto the keyboard and screen. See yourself reaching your word count and feel the happiness of a job well done.