One of the biggest problems writers face is finding time to fit writing into their already busy schedules. I’ve never been a particularly disciplined person. But when I started writing I had to face some hard truths about myself, and my lack of discipline. I knew if I didn’t get a grip on time management, I’d never finish a novel.
Writing is not like the mindless work of household chores. When you sit down to write you have to be fully present in your story world. If you’re not, you’re wasting time that could be spent on something productive (like cleaning the toilet) and that’s my least favorite thing to do.
So what’s a writer to do? I tried some of the usual advice.
One day while at Office Depot, I picked up a little handbook called, Time Management for Dummies. Okay, go ahead and laugh. I know you want to. I figured it couldn’t hurt and I needed help. What I found was a lot of good advice on productivity for daily life, things like getting chores done or empting your inbox. But none of it applied to creative work. I knew then, I would have to figure this out on my own. Find what works for me—a writer with a husband, children and grandkids who pop in at all times of the day.
I needed to discover what time of day I’m most productive.
I have a huge advantage over writers who work a full-time job, or have small kids. I’m in awe of you. I know how much harder it would be to juggle those and still find time to write. My hat's off to those who do.
What this whole ramble’s about though, is whatever your schedule, find the time and place that is optimal for your creativity. And when you do, claim it as yours, and find time to do what we love. Write.
What are some things that help you write around a busy schedule? Please share. Anything that works is worth a try.
Until next time,