If there’s one thing most writers can agree on, it’s that they don’t have enough time to write. Each of us gets twenty-four hours every day–no more, no less. It’s what we do with those hours that determines if we have enough time to write. Here are some tips to help you find more writing time.
- Figure out, then work with your biological rhythm. Some of us get the most done in the morning, while others are more productive during the later hours. Figuring out your most productive time, then creating a writing schedule that allows you to write during that time is one of the best things you can do for your writing.
- Realize you have other people in your life and communicate with them about your desire to find more writing time. You might negotiate two evenings a week plus a weekend afternoon or morning. In exchange for the time, you could offer to let your partner decide on an activity that you both (or all, in case of the kids) could enjoy during your non-writing time.
- Figure out how to pay others so you can buy writing time. By that I mean you could hire a babysitter, someone to mow your lawn, a handyman, etc. Examine your current life and see where you could pay someone else to do whatever it is that’s taking your time away from writing.
- Decide what activity is most important to you at any given time. Granted, you have to go to work to pay your bills. You have to run the kids to school for other activities for their life development. But do you really have to see that new movie? Join that bowling league? Stop for a drink after work with coworkers? Go to dinner with friends once a week? Remember, you get the same twenty-fours as everyone else does, and once gone, the hours are gone. You get to decide how you spend them.
- Create your writing space. Once you have you’ll find you’re on your way to being programmed to write in that space. Whether it’s the corner of a bedroom, a space in the laundry room, or a spot on the dining room table, when you use that same space for writing, you’ll notice how much you look forward to going to that space and working on your writing.
- Get away to write. You may find you can’t find anywhere in your home that will work as a writing space for whatever reason. If that’s the case, get away. Go to the local library, a coffee shop, a friend’s home (prearranged, of course), or some other place you can focus on your writing.
- Pretend you’re not at home so you can write. That means you turn off your smartphone, your television, your internet–anything that might distract your writing flow. It also means you don’t answer the door, heat lunch in the microwave, or do anything else in your home except write. If you weren’t home, you wouldn’t heat lunch in the microwave, answer the door, or be distracted with television and internet.
You are ultimately responsible for finding time to write. It takes planning and work to figure out a writing schedule, but you can do it. Others do. Happy writing!