I'm often asked by students how I manage to find time to write the commissioned books, my own eBooks, the commissioned magazine features plus write four blog posts per month. I'll be honest I sometimes ask myself the exact same question. However what I've found is if I follow my four favourite tip for making time I manage it.
So if you're having problems finding time for your writing here they are:
I create an appointment. I put in my diary that I'm going to write and do nothing else. I don't answer the phone, look at my email or check Facebook etc. I just write. It's amazing how much can be accomplished in a short uninterrupted period of time.
When I find the home office has too many distractions I take myself out. The local tea rooms or library even a bench in the park can help get me back in the right frame of mind.
I don't have to set myself deadlines everyone else does that for me. But I do set myself goals. Perhaps first draft by lunchtime (if a short magazine feature) one chapter (if a fiction or non-fiction book) by the end of the day. Setting this goal really helps me focus.
I think it's safe to say many of us have time that can be classed as wasted. For example I used to class walking the dog as wasted time. Now it's not! Between throwing the ball I use my phone to make notes. So what 'wasted' time can you utilise?
The above tips work for me, I hope they work for you.
If you have any time making tips then please share, I'd love to try them out.
I have three new distance learning courses commencing in September via Women On Writing: