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One of the biggest obstacles I have to overcome on a daily basis is time management. There are times I wish I could magically create time a to write where Tiny Tot didn’t need my attention for a couple of hours and I could work in peace and quiet. As of this moment, however, that magic ability has yet to appear. The best I can manage on a daily basis is to wait until she goes to bed and hope I’m still alert enough to create comprehensible sentences.
Thankfully Grandma likes to play with Tiny Tot, so I also have about four hours every Friday and every other Monday to write like a madwoman. Even so, that’s not a lot of solid writing time.
Reaching for the dream…
Because Tiny Tot is one of my reasons for pushing on, I know finding the time to write is essential. You see, it’s my dream to stay at home with her, so I absolutely must write (and publish) to make enough money to attain my goal. That can feel impossible at times, especially when just starting my career.
I have no doubt there are a lot of writers like me, searching for ways to make more time for their craft. While I don’t have the answer to how to do this, I know of a few resources to help us.
2 ways to make time…
Perhaps the best resource is Flylady. Marla Cilley (aka Flylady) advocates a system of 15 minutes at a time. This system is designed to work in all aspects of home life and can be adapted for writing also. The best part is that children can begin to understand that Mommy or Daddy will be able to play with them as soon as the timer goes off. (Flylady’s way of keeping things moving is to use a timer.)
Another writer once said her husband helped her fix a way for her to sit on top of the fridge to work while her son played safely on the floor below her. Being creative is what writers do. Putting that creativity to work finding a way to snatch a few minutes to write is a logical step. I’ve personally discovered I can work on a project during lulls at my day job. It may not be as satisfying as sitting at my computer for a couple of hours, but it keeps me going in the right (write? 🙂 ) direction.
Trial and error…
I am positive there are other resources available that actually help (and many that don’t) with time management. My suggestion is to try several. Keep doing those that work for you and discard those that don’t.
Time is a commodity everyone must decide how best to use and writers are no different. However, when you use your creative impulses, you may discover some unique ways to create time to write.
What works for you? What tips and tricks do you use to make time to write?