For many of us trying to carve out a writing career around a day job or family or the like can be difficult. There are a lot of pressures on our time; a lot of competing pressures for our attention and energy.
Now that I am back at work after the summer break I’m finding it a bit more challenging to meet my writing goals.
Working full time where I look at spreadsheets all day is quite draining. And working full time there are all the other things you need to get done around work hours. This includes all the family stuff, housework, organising things, the gym, sleep and lots more. This doesn’t include any down time or quality time for that matter. So trying to fit writing into this mix can be a challenge.
This is what I’m doing:
I’m making appointment times to write. They don’t always go to plan but I am sitting at the computer (or the whiteboard) doing something writing related during those times.
I write first thing of a morning and then once the child and cats are in bed, I’m at the computer again. As mentioned above it can be hard (draining) trying to do it all and I’ve found that I need some down time. So, I have been taking an evening off once or twice a week, just so I don’t go crazy.
If I can, I’m writing during my lunch break, maybe little bits like blog ideas or links for the newsletter. Sometimes the lunch break can be a great time to let the air blow around my creative mind and I take it to the gym (great ideas are formed on the treadmill) or even a walk around the block or meet a friend for shopping. That way I’m not so tired of an evening and I’m keen to sit at my writing desk again.
What could you take from this:
We are all different, some write better at night, some in the morning, and some under pressure. Find what works for you.
Make time to write. Don’t try to find time –set the appointment and make it happen. Only you know how much you want this.
Test different times and different places to write.
Have your goals set: Write them down. Know what you are working toward.
Learn what your distractions are and make the decision to move away from them. The new series of the 100 on Netflix could be my nemesis but if I don’t sit on the couch, I can’t turn on the tv and I can’t sit up half the night watching episode after episode; instead I’m at my desk writing.
Writing and working can be a juggle. You don’t have to make hours a day. Even half an hour, or even ten minutes, every day would achieve so much more than you think it would.
If you have a tip for writing when you work too I’d love to hear your story.