You don’t have to tell me how difficult it is to find time to write. I struggle every week with finding enough time to write. In fact, for years I hardly wrote anything fun because I felt like I simply didn’t have the time. It was only until this year, actually, that I decided that if I wanted to get things done, I’d just have to do them- no excuses.
This is how it has worked for me:
A to-do list: I’ve always been a list person. For some reason, if it’s on a list, I’ m more likely to do it. I make a list of all the things I have to do, and another of the things I would like to do. So far, I haven’t put any fiction books on my list, but I’m currently working on a non-fiction one. 🙂 I’m pretty excited about it.
A schedule: I don’t really like schedules. I never have. But, since people are creatures of habit, if you create a schedule, you are more likely to get everything done. Here is what mine looks like:
- Morning: Cleaning and school with my daughter. Plan the day and start working (some of my morning stuff can be combined).
- Afternoon: Finish up all the “have-to” work and start on “want-to” work.
- Evening: Leftover “have-to” work. I don’t like working at night, but I do when necessary. Later, I may fit in fiction writing to the evening slot. For some reason, it’s easier for me to get into the fiction zone at night.
A helper: I am not so great at getting it all done on my own. In fact, it’s impossible for me. I rely on my husband and daughter to help out with certain things when I am doing something else. My daughter helps around the house a lot, and my husband is great at letting things go. 🙂
A goal: Deadlines are good for me. Last month, I went to the blogging conference, Blissdom. In the month or two leading up to when I went, I was able to do tons of stuff with my blogs and even with my business site (which was completely broken. Now it’s limping, but at least it can walk. 🙂 ). This month, I haven’t had a strict deadline like the conference, and guess what? I’ve done less. So, I’m trying to create deadlines for myself so I can stay motivated.
Those are the things that work for me. How do you make time to write?