All I do is write. Whether I write for my blog or come up with fictional work, I write.
I love doing it but I don’t always find the time to do it. With everything that life throws at you, it can get tricky to make time to sit and write a little a day.
I’ve heard from fellow part-time writers that they struggle to find a balance in their everyday life that sometimes they have to go weeks without getting to write. Trust me, I feel you so much on this! And it’s the worst when you work a 9-5 and get inspired to write during work hours but once you get home, you lose motivation. It’s a struggle I’m still putting up with these days.
Nevertheless, I hope this post can give you some inspiration or ideas on how to combat that short-come of quality writing time…
The main step is to establish daily writing habits and stick to them.
The early hours
Everyone has different schedules in a day. Everyone works better at different times of the day. For me, what I found works best, is to get up early and start writing right away.
It’s the early mornings where my head feels fresh and light and straight and inspired. I open a window, breathe in air of a fresh new day and start writing whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I just write for the sake of it and go absolutely nuts.
What I also love about working in the morning is the fact that most people aren’t awake yet so I don’t have to pick up the phone or check social media or be distracted in other ways. It’s like the calm hours before the storm of your hectic day-to-day.
I know your break is there to switch off, not to be productive but to clear your head, but in my daily routine of having 9-5 job and plans in the evening, I make use of half of my break sometimes in the office just to write a little.
It doesn’t have to be perfect work, but at least try to write a bit. It’s better than going to bed thinking ‘Damn, I didn’t get to write anything today’.
Use all the free time you can get.
Use up any spare time in the day you can get, like waiting for the washing machine to finish a load or your hair to air-dry, to write. I sometimes also use the time I need to get from A to B on the tram.
Of course don’t overdo it, your brain does need a break from time to time. But stay hydrated and start hustling part-time. You get used to being productive a lot and you’ve no idea how much more time in a day you can actually use to be productive.
Make it a goal to write at least five sentences a day.
I cannot always write in the early morning, depending on what I’ve been doing the night before. There are mornings where I’m extremely exhausted from disrupted sleep periods and can’t be bothered.
So sometimes I’ll have to schedule time in the evening just for writing. Honestly, it can be a pain in the bum to start writing in the evening when you’re actually exhausted from the day and you don’t feel very inspired or motivated.
But this little rule of “at least writing five sentences” has done it for me many times. The good thing is I naturally never just stuck with five sentences. It’s just an incentive to start writing and once you do, it shall roll on.
If you want to be productive before bed but you feel burnt out…
… try reading a book or watching an inspiring film or series instead of full on writing. Your creativity will still get a spike but you don’t have to burn yourself out before hitting the hay.
You may get to write a few notes but you can slow down and enjoy some input instead of putting out instead.
What are your daily writing habits?