Originally posted on November 9, 2023 @ 11:05 am
A cozy room, solitude, silence – going on a writing retreat means you get to escape to a quiet, beautiful place to do what you love – write. It’s like a special time just for your creativity and it’s wise to make the most out of every second.
Unfortunately, one of the things that can really get in the way of a productive time is overpacking, because it means packing the wrong things.
Here are 4 signs that you’ve gone overboard in your packing efforts.
Struggling to Find Essential Items
If there’s one thing that’s going to disrupt your workforce and trigger unnecessary frustration it’s being unable to find things when you need them because there’s so much to sort through, either because you packed too hastily or included items that you rarely used.
Imagine being in the middle of cracking a complicated book chapter on your laptop when you see the battery bar lower to red. Struggling to find the charger means frustration that may disrupt your writing flow or cause you to lose the chapter altogether.
It’s a good idea to make a checklist of your writing essentials before your retreat. Then, pack them in a dedicated primary bag for easy access, whether that’s a leather backpack or a mini carry-on bag.
Feeling Overwhelmed by Choices
Retreats often trigger the release of many emotions, it doesn’t take much for negative feelings to sneak in, and overpacking often means decision fatigue.
For example, if you pack three types of notebooks and two laptops with you to your retreat, you’ll likely spend time debating which to use instead of actually writing.
Instead, you want to limit your choices to what you know works best for you and your writing style such as streamlining to a single app or a favorite notebook.
You can’t relax and get lost in the writing process with a sore shoulder or back and lugging around a bunch of suitcases it’s a good way to physical discomfort that ultimately distracts you from writing.
You want to not only choose lightweight luggage but also consider the weight of each item you bring. It’s also a good idea to research your retreat location to determine what amenities are available. For instance, if your lodging provides laundry facilities, you can pack fewer clothes and do laundry as needed.
Are you packing a stack of novels, board games, and a musical instrument?
Keep in mind that the point of retreats is to primarily minimize distractions and overpacking such things instead means unnecessary distractions that will divert your attention from writing.
Prioritize writing-related activities by packing just the one entertainment item.
By following these strategies and being mindful of your packing choices, you can optimize your writing retreat experience, minimize distractions, and maximize your creative output.