"I don't have time to write!"Does that sound familiar?
This is something that just about every writer has said at one point in time. It seems as if there’s never enough time in the day to work on your writing project. And, the pressure builds if you have to meet a deadline.
Time management may be the answer to overcome this difficulty. So, dividing your time between writing and performing your daily activities might take the pressure off of you.
To encourage you to continue with your writing project, here are 10 tips to help you make the most of each day:
1. Set a Schedule
Try to write at the same time every day, a couple of times a day, even if you are working full-time and handling other responsibilities.
2. Use a Timer
For each writing session, set an egg timer or an online timer for 25 minutes. Spend each minute writing. Take a 5-minute break, then write for another 25 minutes. Do not answer the phone or send a text unless it’s an emergency.
3. Set a Goal for Each Session
Do you want to write five paragraphs or an entire chapter? Decide what you want to work on during each session and focus on that.
4. Have Your Own Writing Area
It’s easy to write in a familiar spot. So, find a place where you have plenty of space for your laptop, books, and other writing tools—even if it’s the kitchen table. And, do not allow anyone to invade your space as you're writing.
"Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you."- Zadie Smith
5. Turn Off Distractions
Turn off the phone, resist the urge to send or respond to a text, stop your email from pinging, and make sure your workspace is relatively quiet. Avoid looking out of the window or making your grocery list when you are supposed to be writing.
6. Use To-Do Lists
To-do lists keep you on track and remove the stress of trying to remember everything that needs to be done. There is also immense satisfaction in tackling the task and then crossing it off your list.
7. Get Up Early to Write, or Write Late at Night
If you’re an early riser, writing before dawn may be the best time to get writing done. If you cannot write in the morning, then find time to write at night.
8. Don’t Wait to Get in the Mood to Write
Let’s be honest. Seldom are writers ever in the mood to write. But, once they get started, it’s full speed ahead. So, write every day even when you doní’ feel like it. Treat it as part of your daily routine, like showering and brushing your teeth.
9. Broaden Your Definition of Writing
While you may schedule a time to write, you don’t always have to write. There’s always something for writers, whether it's researching, editing, or proofreading. Use each scheduled session to the full, even if you never write an original word.
10. Tackle the Tough Stuff First
If you struggle with a particular task, do it first to get it out of the way so you won’t dread doing it while you are working on other tasks you don’t mind doing.
Clearly, this is not an extensive list of tips. So, feel free to add your own. Whatever you do, though, make time management a priority so that you can successfully complete your writing goals!
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