We all have busy lives. No matter how much extra time, money and space we happen to come across – here’s the funny thing: your needs, work and spending tend to expand to fill the gap. This is why, if you want to do something extra – like write, you have to forget about finding time to do it – you have to actively make time.
Making time to write is actually very easy if you are dedicated to your task. All you have to do is follow one or more of these simple-to-apply methods:
- Do it first. This is about getting up a little earlier than normal each day and, before you do anything else, do an hour of writing. For a start – it’s better to get your writing done when your mind is fresh and unencumbered by other thoughts, and also – it’s easier to get your writing in first, rather than try to interrupt another activity in order to begin writing instead.
- Cut the crap (and excuse my French). If you sit down and examine what you do each day, you will find that, amongst the productive things you do, there will be many activities that waste your time and energy. These can be things like watching videos of cats playing the piano, checking your Facebook page and sorting your CD collection alphabetically. Identify and cut down on some of the waste and you will find that you have more than enough time to complete your masterpiece.
- Involve your loved ones. Rather than cutting into the time you spend with you family, consider involving them in your writing world. Maybe your daughter has some ideas that you can incorporate into your latest novel – so ask her. Maybe your wife or husband would be honoured to proof-read your masterpiece – so let them. Maybe your aunt would love to use her shorthand and typing skills by having you dictate your steamy RomCom to her – so … erm, okay – maybe not. But the point remains – you might get more traction with your family if you include them, rather than exclude them from your life.
Actually – the best thing you can do is to enjoy what you are doing. Be energised by it. Then you can’t help but attain enough time to write, have enough energy to get up early and generate enough joy to sweep those around you along on your waves of enthusiasm.