Using your time effectively can result in huge rewards.
As a parent, carer and teacher my constant battle in my writing is time. Although, it is an obstacle I have managed to overcome it still pushes sometimes.
Writing, however, is my second income so I have to make money doing it. If I don’t write there are financial implications, but these are not huge. What is affected is my mental health. Writing helps me balance my feelings.
So how do you overcome the restriction of time?
One of the best ways I have come across to ease the time pressures is to have a weekly task sheet. Every Sunday I sit down and work out the work for the week. This is made easier by having topics I publish on specific days.
Ensure that your task list is not too big, otherwise, it will be unmanageable. A massive to-do list will stop you wanting to work through it.
Another tip is to make an appointment in your diary for writing. Once you factor in this time you are less likely to break it. This also allows your family to know when you are busy.
Some writers suggest getting up an hour earlier and writing before the house wakes up. This has never been a method that has worked for me. I like my bed too much.
The last method I would suggest is finding the time when you can. Do away with other distractions, TV, those annoying games on your phone. Using a Bluetooth keyboard will help when you can’t open a laptop. If all else fails, use pen and paper. Find the odd moment here and there and write.
Whatever you choose the obstacle of time should not be an excuse not to write. I constantly wish my writing could provide more of my income, so I can spend more time on it. A catch 22 situation, to earn more I need to write more, to have more time to write I need to earn more.
By making the most of your time, you can end the block to your writing. Taking small steps will result in huge rewards. Start the new year eliminating the problem of time.