The Write Time: Five Tips to Finding Time to Write
When it comes to finding time to write, there seems to be an array of other things on our lists that eat away at the time we need to pour into our writing craft, be it the day job, family responsibilities or life's surprises. A day is composed of 24 hours. Yet, when it comes to finding time to accomplish getting words on the page, even twenty-four hours isn't enough time to accomplish everything.
Here are my five tips to encourage you to improve your time management. Through proper time management, you'll be able to accomplish what may currently seem impossible.
1. Keep a Calendar- This may be simple, but by properly scheduling your day, week and month you are more likely to find the time you need for your craft. Pencil in your appointments, including your writing time. By making a set time, you've listed it as a priority and you are more likely to adhere to your "intended" plan.
2. Writing Sprint - The time I have to devote to getting words on the page is limited. Therefore, I often engage in writing sprints. A writing sprint can be based on a "words on the page limit" or a time limit. Personally, I prefer a word count limit. I usually try for 1000 words in a sitting. I also reach out to my social media network to ask for a writing sprint partner. Often having someone on the other end, pushes me to get more on the page.
3. Daily Goals - I set a doable daily writing goal. While juggling all of my hats and responsibilities, I find that by having a small goal to accomplish, it forces me to get words down. For example, by combining the writing sprints and the daily goal, it becomes even more feasible for me to get some writing done. Each day starts with a new goal of 1000 words regardless of how much I wrote the day before.
4. Automation - Use social media tools to stay atop of your every growing online presence.The Internet and social media can be a time suck. But, I loooove interacting with people, reading blogs and posting to build my platform. That being said, some posts I schedule so that I can concentrate on other tasks.This does not mean that I try to replace a bot (by auto uploading loads of posts). Instead, I schedule the promotional postings, for myself and others, through such tools as Hoot Suite or Triberr. However, should someone reach out to me through my social media network, I always take time to respond. Social Media is about a two way conversation, so please when dealing with automation, balance it with actual interaction.
5. Gadgetry - As implied in number 4, my iPod is never far away - in fact I am creating this article on it. Using mobile devices when possible can free up time in front of the computer.They provide opportunities to complete your tasks, without being stuck in front of a computer. For example, with a handheld device, you can blog from the comfort of your bed. So before going to sleep, you can type up a few words and presto... another of your to-do list can be scratched through. This then in itself helps to free up some of your valuable time to later be able to write comfortably from your desk.
Time management takes a lot of trial and error. No matter what, know that you are human with only two hands. How do you find time to write? I'd like to hear any suggestions you may have.
Until then, may you find time to write!
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