Finding the Time


One of the hardest things to do in life is find the time to accomplish what we want to do. More than often, excuses become the norm and goals fall by the wayside. Minutes turn to hours; hours turn to day; days turn to months; and months turn to years. We find ourselves looking back at what could have been, instead of celebrating the things we should have succeeded at.

Whatever stage of life you are in, now is the time to make a change. Writing on a daily basis takes a certain amount of dedication – a few sacrifices may be necessary. For most people, jobs and family life will always have to come first. That leaves us with the question, how do people fit writing into their lives? To answer that question each individual must sit down and look at their schedule very carefully.

When I speak of schedules, I am referring to a rough estimate of times. Obviously, one can’t know if traffic will take longer one day or if a child will become ill and need additional care. What each of us needs to come up with is an idea of when it is possible to fit time in to write 500-2000 words at a time.

The first thing you need to know is how fast you can meet your goals. To do this, simply time four or five half-hour writing sprints and take the average of the words written in each. Once you know this number you can set a reasonable word count goal per day. I suggest you try to fit two half-hour intervals into your schedule.

The following are a few suggestions to work around:

  1. Wake up half-an-hour earlier
  2. Go to sleep half-an-hour later
  3. Lunch hour
  4. Cut out one TV show
  5. Head to a local Cafe for coffee, free wifi and alone time
  6. Cut back on facebook time
  7. Use public transportation commuting times to add to your word count
  8. Sit down with your children during homework hour

If you are still having motivational problems, join NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is the perfect place to learn daily writing discipline. Make sure you explore all the avenues it offers. Forums and groups are great to keep you on track and local write-ins allow you an evening of socializing while still achieving your goals. If you need help, just ask. Like-minded people are abundant and happy to help you finish the novel you always wanted to write.

Thanks for joining me. I’ll be back next week with another edition of The ‘Write’ Information.