In a couple of previous articles ( “Write On” and “The Second Most Important Thing You Need to Do as a Writer” ) , I touched briefly on how important it is to commit to write on regular basis, whether it’s for three hours a day, or 15 minutes three times a week, or whatever else floats your boat.
But, in this crazy, multi-tasking, over scheduled life, how can we find any time at all for writing?
Well, here’s a few ideas…
- Get up earlier in the morning. This is a classic time mangement technique, and works on the idea that you 1) exchange sleep time for writing time, and 2) get quiet time to write before anyone who lives with you gets up and starts making demands. Disadvantages – not everyone is a morning person, and prolonged sleep deprivation can affect your ability to write.
- Stay up later at night. Works as same as “get up early” and is better for night owls, but you still need to be sure you get enough sleep
- Take a break between work/school and home. Once you get home, there are things to be done, phones to answer, and often folks who want things of you. If you plan for a writing stop (perhaps at a coffee shop) in between, those things will still be there when you get home, but you’ll have written.
- Don’t be constantly in touch. When the phone rings and you answer, it breaks your rhythm and it takes time to get back on it. Some times, you need to be on call, but many times, people can wait for a call back. Turn off the phone for an hour and write.
- Make meals easier. Cook in bulk, and freeze meals. Plan easier menus. Plan your menus ahead and shop weekly, or every other week, as opposed to every day. Good food is important, but good food doesn’t have to be complicated, and planning and simplifying can carve out time to write.
There are lots of ways to make time to write. What’s yours?