All of us have busy lives. Full-time jobs, family, and school are some common ones, but there are many more. How can we find the time to write when we have so much going on in our lives?
Track How You Spend Your Time
The first step is to track how you spend your time. Take a week to record every activity you do during the day and the approximate time of day you do them.
For example, mine would look something like this:
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Wake Up/Morning Routine/Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Social Media
- 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing Time
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Homework for School
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Writing Time/Reading/Appointments
- 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Social Media/Free Time
- 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cook/Family Dinner/Wash Dishes
- 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Meetings for Groups
- 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wind Down/Bedtime Routine/Reading
- 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Try to Fall Asleep
This works for me because I need plenty of time to fall asleep because of my insomnia. I don’t have many responsibilities, either. Yours may look different.
You may ask why I am qualified to help you find time to write if I have no responsibilities. I’ve worked, gone to school, and finished the first draft of a novel at the same time.
Find Potential Writing Time
Now that you have a week’s worth of records, the next step is [Read More]